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Have you ever played Marbles as a child?

I started playing at age 11, and now have become an avid collector. I just want to see how many smart people out there have stimulated their childhood dexterity with marbles.

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    Jan 30 2013: Yes, I did play with them when I was a child. Apart from fun, they also improved my basic numeracy.
    • Jan 30 2013: marbles for math I love it! you could get really intricate with this i imagine. making specific colored marbles stand for exponents or formulas. I may try and make a learning exercise for youngsters with this idea.
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        Jan 30 2013: yes Sir...in addition to addition and subtraction they can be used to learn probability too. Different colour combinations will make the learning environment a bit more playful. ( Questions like the probability of choosing a red marble from a group of 2 white 3 red 4 green marble is?)
        Marbles also find their application in explaining some physics concepts like displacement.
        regards,
        Atul
        • Jan 31 2013: Don't forget negotiation skills to obtain favourable odds in winning that cherrished "aggie" or whatever held your eye at the time

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