UK Schools Playground Games


What To Do

This game is sometimes called Church Stones.

Toss the Jacks on the ground and then toss the ball in the air. Pick up a jack and catch the ball before it hits the ground twice.

After picking up the jacks by ones, do the same with two’s, three’s, fours, fives and sixes. Children call them onesies, twosies and so on.


VARIATIONS: Two other versions of this game are:

1. Use one hand to toss the ball and the other hand to pick up the Jacks.
2. Use the same hand to toss the ball and pick up the Jacks.

In some schools children use stones instead of jacks and with older children they could use coins.