Marbles Terminology

One game which is fun for kids to learn is marbles. All you need is a shooter, some marbles, and a piece of chalk to draw the ring on the driveway.

To explain how to play marbles, you should know marbles terminology. I have defined some of the most basic terms below.

Marbles Terminology

  • Marbles – Regular sized marbles
  • Shooter (or taw) – A larger marble used to shoot at the marbles.
  • Ring – The playing field
  • Shot – Using your thumb to launch the shooter from your hand.
  • Knuckling Down – The position of the hand during a shot. At least one knuckle must remain on the ground until the shooter leaves the hand.
  • A Hit – When a marble is shot out of the ring.
  • A Miss – When no marbles are shot out of the ring.
  • Circling – Moving around the ring to find the best position for the shot.
  • Bowling – When the shooter moves along the ground during a shot.
  • Lofting – When the shooter goes in the air during a shot.
  • Playing for Keeps – When the game is over, each player gets to keep the marbles he shot out of the ring.
  • Playing for Fair – When the game is over, the players get their marbles back. The game is just played for fun rather than to gain marbles.

More Resources

Rules for Ringer

Rules for Ringer

When you think of kids playing marbles, you are probably picturing Ringer in your mind – a circle on the ground and kids shooting at the marbles within.

These Cub Scouts Have Not Lost Their Marbles

See how Cub Scouts participated in a marbles tournament and successfully participated in this large group game.

Bear Marble Madness Adventure

For the Marble Madness adventure, Bears learn all about marbles and play a variety of games with them, from ringer to marble mazes. See some helps and resources here.

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2 responses to “Marbles Terminology”

  1. LT Avatar

    Naming of certain marbles. Such as “purie”

  2. Klucas Cement Avatar
    Klucas Cement

    when you are a marbles addict you are a Mibster

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