What It Is
Wacky Jax are a new colorful and wearable version of the Chinese Jacks game that was so popular in the '80s. Kids can use Wacky Jax to either play the game of Chinese Jacks or clip them together in different color combinations to create bracelets and necklaces.
To play the game, make five jax by linking nine rings around one center ring. Once the jax are assembled, each player picks his or her color. The first player takes all five jax and tosses them into the air so they land on a flat surface. The player then tosses his or her color into the air and picks up any other jack from the floor before his or her color hits the floor. The player repeats this action four times, each time tossing the jack in hand while picking up another. (If a player picks up a jack already used, he or she is out.) Then the player tosses a jack and picks up two jax, including his own color. The player then tosses the two jax and picks up the other three before the two land. Next, the player will toss the three jax and then only pick up his color jack. The next step is for the player to toss his jack into the air, pick up the other four, and catch his own before it lands. The last step is to toss all five up and catch them on the back of a hand. A player gets five points for each one caught and an extra five for catching his color. If at any time during the sequence the player picks up the wrong jack, drops a jack, fails to pick up a jack, touches a jack other than the intended target, skips a step in the order, or moves any jack other than one being picked up, he or she is out and the jax are passed to the next player in the circle.
Each pack of Wacky Jax comes with 50 rings.
Why It’s Fun
For today's parents who may remember enjoying playing Chinese Jacks as a kid, Wacky Jax allows them to relive the fun and share it with their own kids. The game is easy to learn, but some of the harder steps do take time to master and that's part of the play.
Who It’s For
Wacky Jax are for ages 4 and up. However, older kids will have the dexterity and motor skills needed to be able to play the game.
What To Be Aware Of
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