one of my favorite games as a child was “jolen”. it’s some sort of a miniature game of luge where instead of large marble blocks, well, we use… marbles, and instead of ice, we use the dirt ground. the idea is to retain as much as your marbles in a small square on the ground and trying to push away the other’s tokens off it. it can be quite a brutal game, where a simple flicker of the finger with your ace marble can do enormous damage on the others — denting them, or sometimes breaking them apart.
it’s kind of reassuring that instead of the usual video games (and they like their video games, for your information), the three kids in the house still get to play the “manual” games of our youth. this game as i see it, develops patience, dexterity, focus, and competitiveness. best of all, they get to play with other kids rather than virtual friends. play develops virtues and teaches them about the rules of the world, years before they actually need to step on it.