I got my kids some jacks, but they don’t seem to know enough about how to play, so they aren’t being used. I played jacks a lot as a kid; though we didn’t call them “fancies”, we did have a lot of variations. Eggs in the basket was always first, just putting the jacksinto your cupped left hand on placed on the floor. Then came pig in the pen: you held your left hand on the floor making a semi-circular “pen”–the little finger and thumb resting on the floor, fingers together but with a space between thumb and fingers. You did onesies, twosies, etc., each time sliding the required number of jacks into the pen. There was another that I can’t quite recall, something like “sheep over the fence”; you placed your left hand with the little finger resting on the floor and the palm vertical; you picked up the jacks and put them on the far side of this fence. I know we played about ten variations, but can’t remember more. Please post any more you can recall so I can teach my daughters.
Original author: Annie