Monday, December 7, 2009

Five Stones

Remember the homemade gifts I needed to tackle? Well we've been busy sewing away around here, and this was one of the first gifts we made. 5 Stones. Think of it as an Indonesian version of Jacks. It's extremely addictive too. I'm going to have to make a third set so we can keep one because once someone pulls this out we just can't seem to leave it alone! As it turns out there is no right or wrong way to make these little things. I've noticed a variety of different instructions, but the long and short of it is you cut a rectangle of material and se it up with beans or rice inside (our's have rice) You can try these instructions or these ones. Both are pretty clear cut and simple. I made our's roughly 2.5 x4, and filled until they felt right.

Then we made a drawstring bag to store each set in, yes we stuck silly ribbon tags on the bags. I thought embroidering 5 Stones on the outside of the bag was a good idea. Morgan thought drawing stones on would be better, and then he said maybe iron on a picture. Since we weren't 100% decided on what to do the bags are still plain right now. The bag were equally simple.

After the "stones" were in the bags we realized no one would know how to play the game and we couldn't explain it to them each time they wanted to play. The recipients live a fair distance away and we don't see them very often. So we decided to write up a simple set of rules and then we asked Daddy to play the game by following the rules only. That was our way to test if they were accurate and well written. The only problem was, we found ourselves all playing the game until we remembered it was a gift for someone else!

Want to make your own set and have a copy of the rules? You can grab our rule paper from here if you're interested. But just remember we wanted you that the game was highly addictive!

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