Paper & pencil games
game commonly known as Jacks in several countries is one of the oldest
traditional games in the world. Knucklebones, thought to be playthings,
were discovered in prehistoric sites in Kiev, Russia, and it was a
popular game in ancient Greece and Rome. There are different versions
of the game, each with its own name, found throughout the world. The
materials used to play the game are sometimes very simple 'found'
objects stones picked up from the ground, animal bones, pieces
of bamboo or shells. In some games you have to use chopsticks or small,
hand-sewn bean bags or you can buy multicoloured plastic 'knucklebones'
or little metal 'stars' from toy shops. Traditionally, people have
used materials from their own culture or environment.