Fun with Marbles
Did you know that every June kids and adults get together in Wildwood, New Jersey to compete at the National Marble Tournament? This summer give yourself the opportunity to learn how to play a traditional game of marbles and play in our mini Summer Adventure Marble Cup. All students will learn the rules and skills needed to play a traditional game of RINGER. Students will learn what a Lag Line and Pitch Line are and how they are used in this game. In addition students will be taught how to aim and launch their shooters to gain points in the match. Coaching for each player will be provided by your teacher and as in the rules of the National Marble Tournament, all students will set their own strategy and play their own moves during the course of the competition.
In addition students in Fun with Marbles will learn how to play a variety of games, which will use marbles in a new and exciting way. One example is Marble Golf in which students use their hands and a marble to "putt" their way to the hole and sink their marble into the cup. Another game is Marble Relays which requires students to work in teams to complete a series of tasks one at a time until the whole group has finished.
Students will be given a daily challenge that includes tasks that will require them to use marbles and household items (such as cardboard tubes) to complete alone, in pairs, or as a whole group to start off each class. Once the daily challenge is complete, students will continue to learn the rules of RINGER and practice their skills in a series of activities that will practice distance, aim, and hand eye coordination. After RINGER practice is completed, a new game will be introduced to the class. During the second week of class, students will continue to complete daily challenges and then begin the Summer Adventure Marble Cup!
By the end of the two weeks each student will have a better understanding for the traditional marble game of RINGER and a variety of additional games played with marbles. All students will have the opportunity to build upon their current marble skills or learn how to roll marbles by the end of the class. Students will be challenged on a daily basis to complete activities that not only include marbles, but challenge them to problem-solve, work together, and use their creativity.