Fun Outdoors with Ranger Rick

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Fun Outdoors with Ranger Rick

  1. 1. Family Ranger Rick’s Fun E a s y o u t d o o R ac t i v i t i E s f o R H a P P y, H E a lt H y fa m i l i E sMarbles 101Shiny, smooth, glass marbles—andgroups of kids playing with them out-side—were once seen all the time inneighborhoods across the country.it’s time to revive this traditionaloutdoor game!There are many variations, but this ver-sion, called “ringer,” is often consideredthe classic game of marbles.How to Play RingerWHAT YOU NEED:• 13 “mibs” (regular-sized target let’s get rolling! it’s time to revive marbles) this traditional outdoor game.• 1 “shooter” (slightly larger marble)• a circle ten feet in diameter on the 3. First shooter: Kneel down anywhere ground. Use sidewalk chalk on a Health Tip outside the circle with the shooter in driveway or a twig in the dirt to make one hand and at least one knuckle of the circle. your shooting hand on the ground.NOTE : For beginners, try making the (This is called “knuckling down.”) With Kids who play outside literally seecircle smaller than 10 feet. The bigger your thumb, flick the shooter toward things differently! according to athe circle, the harder the game will be. the mibs. The aim is to knock a mib recent study, kids who have two near- out of the circle while keeping the sighted parents can reduce their riskWHAT YOU DO: of myopia by two-thirds if they play shooter inside. as long as you knock1. To decide who goes first, the players out a mib and the shooter stays in outside 14 hours per week or more. try to shoot a marble from one end of the ring, you keep the mib and you the circle to the other. The marble that can keep shooting. if you miss or the www.beoutthere.org goes the farthest without leaving the shooter goes outside the ring, it’s the circle goes first. This is called “lagging.” other player’s turn. for diagrams and more2. arrange the thirteen mibs in a plus- 4. The first player to knock out seven info about marbles, visit sign shape inside the circle. mibs wins the game. www.streetplay.com. PHOTO: ©2010 PHOTOlibrary.cOm © cOPyriGHT 2010 by NaTiONal WilDliFE FEDEraTiON

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