It’s Marbleous!

When was the last time you played marbles? Have you ever played? Marbles is an inexpensive, fairly simple but fun activity for your children to play.
I personally do not recall playing marbles. I do remember watching other kids play the game when I was younger. My mom says I did play but I don’t remember it. When I think back on the other children playing, it always seemed like it took such skill and dexterity to shoot that marble and hit the other marbles.

One of the electives available for the Bear Scouts is marbles. Since we have completed just about all of our required adventures, I figured it was time to have a little bit of marble fun; therefore, the other night at Scouts, I taught the Bears how to play marbles. We played three different games. The first was marble toss. This was a simple game where you toss marbles into an egg carton and collect points based on where the marble landed. Another game, Archboard, required the boys to hold the marble in the traditional way and shoot it through the arches of a cardboard bridge structure. The last game and maybe the most fun game was just plain old marbles which is really called Ringer. We made a circle or a ring and the boys placed their marbles inside the circle. Each boy took a turn using his shooter marble to eliminate the other boys’ marbles from the circle.

The first thing I discovered is that none of the boys had ever played marbles. The second thing I discovered is that they loved playing marbles. They had so much fun that they didn’t want to stop when it was time to do something else.
If we’re ever at a point where our kids are not spending enough time away from their screens, pull out a bag of marbles (available at the dollar store) and have a bit of fun.

Bewildered

I am somewhat bewildered by the sports fans of today. I like most people in the U.S. was enjoying the excitement of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2018. The outcome was to say the least surprising. The Philadelphia Eagles (the underdogs), beat the New England Patriots (5 time winners). The excitement in the country was overwhelming; but clearly more overwhelming for the fans of both the Patriots and the Eagles. That weekend, numerous Patriots and Eagles fans were arrested and/or injured. Stores were vandalized, fires started, personal property destroyed. Believe it or not, someone in Philly even ate horse poop – extremely bewildering.

What exactly does this type of behavior do to our children? You are probably thinking that it does not affect our children because our children know better than to behave like this. However, the students at the University of Massachusetts are somebody’s children and at least 12 of them were arrested. The guy in Philly who ate poop is someone’s child, possibly even some child’s father. My point here is that we cannot assume that our children know how to act when presented with circumstances such as these. You’ve likely heard of mob mentality taking control and these are perfect examples of that. Use what took place this weekend as an opportunity to discuss these scenarios with your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews. Make sure they know that behavior like that is never acceptable. Make sure they know the importance of exhibiting good values and good judgment.