Jamaican Games - The Good Ole' Stuff

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Jamaican Ring Games

Jamaican Ring Games

Jamaican Ring Games
Playing Marbles
Uncle Playing Dominos

I was reading a little book called Jamaican Games & Riddles that brought back some really wonderful memories.


It reminded me of some of our most fun games here in Jamaica; the stuff we did when there were no DVDs, cellphones, iphones, ipads, computers, tablets, cable TV, and in some cases, no TV at all!

And they worked well!

In fact many of us think that these made us more social than we are today.

Here is a list of a few of them. Check them out.

And please share with your family and friends; try a few out too if you can :-)


  1. BlueBird
  2. Brown Girl In the Ring
  3. Bull In A Pen
  4. Chinese My Knees
  5. Chinese Skip
  6. Cricket
  7. Dandy Shandy
  8. Dolly House
  9. Farmers In The Dell
  10. Follow The Arrow
  11. Football
  12. Gig Spinning
  13. Grandmother
  14. Hide An' Seek
  15. Hopscotch
  16. I Am In The Well
  17. Jox
  18. Kite Flying
  19. Lickle Miss S
  20. Mama Lashi
  21. Marbles
  22. May I
  23. Mother Upstairs
  24. My Mother, Your Mother
  25. Netball
  26. Old Mack Donald
  27. Overhead Sightings
  28. Peanut Butter Mix It Up
  29. Police & Thief
  30. Punchinella Little Fella
  31. Race
  32. Red Light
  33. Riddim
  34. Ring A Ring A Rosie
  35. Room For Rent
  36. Run An' Ketch
  37. See, See, My Baby
  38. Shame, Shame
  39. Skipping
  40. Soldier
  41. Starvy
  42. Story Time
  43. Stuckie
  44. Sword Inna Han
  45. Treasure Hunt
  46. Two Little Blackbirds
  47. Unna Munna


So how much of them do you remember? Which was your favourite? Share your comment below.

See also: Anansi tales, Jamaican folk tales and Jamaican proverbs

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Apr 14, 2014
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Photos, anyone? NEW
by: Anonymous

wish there were some old time photos to accompany some of these games

Apr 10, 2014
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Additional games NEW
by: Anonymous

Salad-a-kick, send mi Nicki go ah school, up and down the 24 boxes (here she goes around the ring), money football, scrimmage, musical chairs.

Mar 17, 2014
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Oh, but you forgot.... NEW
by: Tashiba

Stuck and pull
Bend down stuckie

Mar 12, 2014
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Spin Gig
by: Anonymous

What about spin gig? And the ultimate goal to spin the gig and scoop it up and have it spin on the inside of your arm… lol

Mar 12, 2014
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I remember hopscotch
by: Bev

I remember hopscotch and even tho I am not a boy I did play marbles and while I no longer play hopscotch I do love to look at marbles, even the sound of them remind me of my childhood.
Hugs

Mar 12, 2014
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Good old games
by: Anonymous

You forgot ( rocking in the tree top and statue )... We really had a lot of fun when we were young.... The children nowadays they don't really have fun, good clean fun, no wonder they are so stressed.

Wellesley's Note
Oh yes! How could I? Agreed.
Both are very much popular today.

Mar 12, 2014
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Jamaican Games for Kingstonians :-)
by: Cheryl

It was interesting seeing the list and even more interesting is that I have never heard of some of the games much less played them lol - I grew up in St Andrew - sword inna han lol never heard of that one among others.

I believe that children who grew up in rural Jamaica had more fun games than us Kingstonians lol - or maybe I just wanted to be 'country' from long long time...

I will share some games we used to play on my avenue - dandy shandy with Frisbee (very interesting lol)skateboarding and you would be rated highly if you did the 360 :), 'baseball' hit the tennis ball - with your hand - and you made sure you post yourself quick quick on a column before the person catches the ball that you hit and tries to hit you... was that called 'stucky' somebody correct me or verify :)

Wellesley's Note
'Uptown' indeed :-) but you are also right too my dear Cheryl. Thanks.

Mar 12, 2014
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Ring Taw Marbles
by: John Blenkiron

The advantage of weight was the key to winning at ring taw marbles at Manchester School in the 1950's. When playing the game the taw was used to knock the opponents marbles out of the ring so that you got to claim them as your own.

Of course a skilled player with a strong flipping thumb, a good aim and a good eye for rebound angles could eventually gain the upper hand and walk away with a bag full of aggies...that is if you stuck to glass marbles for your taw marble!
Then along came the great equalizer: the half inch ball bearing which could run clear through the ring like a bull and take out the opponents marbles by the score.

Having a father who worked in an electrical department I had the monopoly on ball bearings from every electrical motor that
was overhauled at Aljam.

There were days when I could barely walk home from school without my shorts falling down from the weight of the marbles I had won that day and stuffed in my pockets.

In retrospect I apologize for "gravellishus" behaviour as a youth.

Wellesley's note
Confession is good for the soul John :-)

But yes, those were great times my brother. I sitll see some of this in my childhood district in westmoreland too!

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