Ok, so I realise that there are going to be a lot of people who take issues with the name I have given this post, kids games and the names we remember them by are an online hot-button issue.
Whatever your position is, I feel you, I see you, and I have no intention of ruining your childhood memories, these are just mine.
But, here we go anyway. When I was little I had a packet of plastic knucklebones; we called them knuckles or jacks. I LOVED playing with them – I could happily sit on the warm concrete and play for what felt like hours. Now, being an adult and having met a kid or two, I am aware that it was probably more like ‘minutes’ but whatevs. DIY Knucklebones
My kids collect pebbles; I’m pretty sure most kids do, but I encourage it, so that’s probably less common.
I’m not shy of a pet rock or two, so we grabbed these from a beach in Port Stephens and brought them home to decorate. Like all good DIY’s – the kids started to paint them without purpose. They painted them in the backyard and waited for them to dry in the sun. Then we used a black permanent marker to draw shapes and colour over the stripes they had painted. DIY Knucklebones
When I picked up a handful, I instinctively threw them up in the air and caught a bunch on the back of my hand. The kids were like WOAH! DIY Knucklebones
God, I love this stage where the kids still think I’m smart and cool and an entirely good use of space.
Anyway, I taught them how to play ‘jacks’ or ‘knucklebones’ or whatever it is that you called it when you were a kid and they seriously loved it.
So I thought I would share this accidental DIY here – no directions needed, just have the kids find some little rocks and decorate them how you wish. DIY Knucklebones
Happy Mother’s Day to all of my beautiful friends, thanks for softening the edges of this beautiful motherhood journey.