Marbles Sliding Game

Marbles Sliding Game is a traditional game played by the Plains Cree people in North American. It was played on a snowy bank.

Age: 5+

No. of players: Any

Equipment: Equal number of marbles per child; a smooth dirt hill

Time: 10+ minutes

Aim: To score the most points.

NOTE: This game needs a smooth slope such as a dirt hill or a snow bank. It could be played on a grassy hillock or even a sand dune if you use larger balls (such as tennis balls) instead of marbles. You will need to make bigger holes at the bottom of the slope and the slope itself would also need to be steeper and longer.

1. Before the game is played, prepare the ground. You need a smooth slope about 1 metre (5 ft) long. At the bottom of the slope make 12 small holes.

2. Assign each hole a different scoring value (1 to 12).

3. Each player takes a turn rolling the marbles down the slope. If the marble lands in a hole the player receives the number of points assigned to the hole.

4. The players keep score of their points. The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.

Source: Adapted from

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