By Channel Craft

Reviewed for First Grade, 2009

Jumbo Jacks

The two rubber balls, bright canvas bag, and nickel and brass-plated jacks in this small little package spell big time fun. A foldout paper guide provides all the rules for basic play, plus other options like Eggs in the Basket, Pigs in the Pen, Sweeps, and three other variations. Made in the USA, and one of the only sets we've seen still created out of high quality metal rather than plastic, these hefty jacks feel just right. As they toss and sweep, players strengthen hand muscles for writing and practice counting, memory and addition. Bounce on! (Channel Craft, $6.98)