HONG KONG JACKS
$35 for a pack of three @ CN Square
Jacks is believed to have stemmed from Mongolia’s shagai, goats’ ankle bones used in games and fortune-telling, but in this variant the bones are replaced by five stones or beanbags. To make your own set of hand-sewn jacks, all you need is some odd bits of cloth—cut unwanted T-shirts into strips—and a handful of mung beans. Sew the cloth into five pouches and fill with beans or rice to make the jacks.
How to Play
Throw a jack into the air, grab another from the table and catch both on your palm. Lay one aside and repeat. The difficulty increases as you grab more and more jacks until you have all five in your hand.