Toys of the Eighties, Chinese jacks
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Little multicolored rings of clear and opaque plastic that could be hooked together in clumps (on a central ring -- looking like little tarantulas or donuts) or in chains.
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Brandie - October 28, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved these! We would play jacks or dive for them in the pool. They were cool because you could wear them too!
dawn - December 04, 2007 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where you can buy chinese Jacks?
kelli - January 10, 2008 - Report this comment
i loved these too! i found some at
kat - May 25, 2008 - Report this comment
i just bought a pair. a seller on ebay is auctioning the packs starting at .99 cents. good luck!
Azzy - March 09, 2009 - Report this comment
These were a lot of fun. Also used them as hop- scotch laggers. Hey ROMY don't be a hater.I bet I could still beat ya!
bimmy - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
who has my chinese jacks!? i think there is one girl in our area who must have all the jacks!
df - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
My cousin and I used to play for hours and dive for them in the pool, too!! SUCH fun!! (Where can you find them now?!?!)
Risse - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG! I am so happy I am not crazy. Everyone I ever talked to about chinese jacks has no idea what I was ever talking about! Only my childhood friend for 32 years knows what I'm talking about. This is great!
Risse's Friend - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Hi I am Risse friend of 32 years and she is right, virtually no one know what we are talking about when we start talking about chinese jacks! Glad she found them!
Blackwing Rose - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
My cousin and I used to use them as Barbie handcuffs. :-)
Mrs.RFDean(jackson) - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
At The school we payed Chinese Jacks at recess and I've never forgotten completely the joy and remebered after a few tries all the ways we sometimes played. I taught my kid and full intend to teach my grand kid!I forund some at action on E-bay.!If you get there before I do...happy playing! thanks for starting this comment links. Somebody get to remaking Chinese Jacks(sometines packaged as super jacks as well)you are long long overdue.nae
marla - August 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I am a child of the eighties and just bought my 8 yr old chinese jacks on ebay. There are no instructions!! Does anyone remember how to play, rules? Throw one group up and grab one, then throw both up and grab 3? Ughhh
Marla - August 06, 2009 - Report this comment
If anyone remembers the rules, please email directly at I would so much appreciate your help!
red - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
where can i get the chinese jasks.I remeber playing with all the time.
Eboni - October 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Here are the directions: Players: At least one, but you can play this game with as many people as you want. The floor: Aka your playing surface. Toss 5 jacks onto your playing surface
Mousebucky - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
What a relief to find others who know about these! I, too, thought I was crazy. This was my most favorite game growing up. I want to teach it to my students.
TheTennesseeBelle - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I couldn't find instructions anywhere so I did a You Tube video based on all the directions I found online and from what I remembered. Go to You Tube. Click on the Channels link and type in TheTennesseeBelle and there is a step by step instruction. Hope it helps!
heather - December 07, 2009 - Report this comment
that rocks!!! chinese jacks was the best game ever! i want them for my going on ebay now!!! you girls that still remember them must be as cool as me!!!thanx
Cathy - December 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Tennessee Belle............where did you find the jacks? I really REALLY want some for my kids
TheTennesseeBelle - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I found them on eBay! I can't believe there isn't someone, somewhere else that's selling them for less since they surely can't be that expensive to make! Given all the other 80's fads that have come back, I wish this one would :)
TheTennesseeBelle - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't believe someone is bidding $71 for the Chinese Jacks! Goodness! Patience is a virtue, I've noticed there are two or three sellers I've noticed in the last few months that list them usually one listing at a time.
sweetmamas - January 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I am so happy that alot of us old school ppl still remember about the chinesse jacks they were fun to play with. however i would like t o know if anyone knows where we could but them ? if so please let us know so we could all get them.
forsbergfan - February 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow!!! I was just telling my kids about chinese Jacks and thought I'd google it. I'm so glad to see I'm not alone in my love of this game. I would love to sit on the floor and play again. I also used them for Hop-scotch!!
ptfreaks - March 10, 2010 - Report this comment
You guys rock!! I loved chinese jacks growing up in the 80's in San Diego. We used them for jewelry and hopscotch too. I want to say "what's up" to my chinese jack girl Tami. We lived across the street from each other for over 19 years. Girl, those were fun times!! I'm going to teach my 8 and 11 year old daughters how to play. What great memories. Thanks everyone for posting on this. :)
teacherstephans - April 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I just found packages of jacks at a local, independent toy store for 2.99 each. We are teaching our brownie troop regular jax and chinese jacks tomorrow. Thanks for the Youtube video b/c we forgot the rules. I remember jacks were a GREAT way to avoid ball hogs @ recess in elementary school.
lyr - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I lived in the city and went to school in china town and loved this game growing up. My son has been asking me about jacks and I want to get him chinese jacks!
Charbella - April 23, 2010 - Report this comment
This was my favorite game in Junior High School. I would play this game in the cafeteria every morning. I was pretty good at the game. I was just telling my husband and this game a few weeks ago. I have searched many stores and cannot find them. I'm surprised that Walmart doesn't sell them. I'm glad to see there are so many others that enjoyed the game. Great memories.
quitta - April 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I have some chinese jacks but I can't remember where I purchase them from. I am in my 30's but as a young child my friends and I played all the time. It was a fun game. I have 2 boys and they will not be playing so I may just give them away. If interested send me an email
WaveRidaz - April 25, 2010 - Report this comment
HeY! I used to always play this game. I can't believe all you guys remember it. I was just looking on Ebay but couldn't find any listings. Anyone know where I can get a pack?
hwells - May 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Loved this game in junior high - yes in the 80s. You were not cool unless you had your own set of jacks. I don't know what made me think of them. But now, I just gotta have them. I keep getting outbid on e-bay. It's crazy. Anybody know where I can find them?
Amethyst - June 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I couldnt remember the name of them so was looking them up and was shocked to see so many remembered them too. It was one of my favorite things to play when I was younger.
jack - June 27, 2010 - Report this comment
on ebay it on sale for $25.00 good deal
old school - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember these from when I was in the 5th grade- that was the 70's.
Pixiestyx - July 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved these as a kid too. They also made the best hopscotch markers if you filled one ring up to the max. I would always make mine with clear colors alternating with the opaque ones. Trying to find some now so I can teach the kids I babysit how to play.
Anne - July 25, 2010 - Report this comment
try googling chinese jacks and frayed997. Found some
Nancy - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
to the teacherstephans who posted in april 2010 and found them in a local store. Please provide name of store and where city/state where we could find them.
CJT - August 18, 2010 - Report this comment
There are some aluminum ones on ebay with a gold pouch for $12 with free shipping.
srvgtrfan - August 19, 2010 - Report this comment
To Teacherstephans or anyone else. Any idea other than Ebay to find chinese jacks?
Rlynn - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
there is a web site now buychinesejacks dot com
jackgurl - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Anyone know where you can go purchase them now? Not the anodized version some people are selling but the original Chinese jacks in the picture on this page.
Bev Tank - September 10, 2010 - Report this comment
we played Chinese Jacks everyday at lunch in 5th grade (1980), and I collected so many colors! Now I kick myself for not keeping them!
Yvonne - September 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I had my set still a few years ago and taught my kids how to play. Now I don't know where they are. :( I want to buy some but can't find any except on ebay
Craig T. - November 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Check out buychinesejackscom
PC - November 10, 2010 - Report this comment
My daughter recently bought leg bands for her chickens at a farm supply store and imagine my surprise to find all they were was Chinese jax rings from my childhood school days.
Cali girl - December 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I was just telling my kids & some of my friends about Chinese Jacks & I feel like I'm talking to ghosts??? They have no clue what they are! Glad to see I'm not alone hee hee So I thought I would look them up on Ebay, No indeed I will not pay all that money for them! But I sure do miss playing them!
Lisa - March 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I miss Chinese jacks, too. I bought them way back when I was about 13, and I wish I had kept them! But I cannot find them anywhere, so I guess I got rid of them a long time ago. I am kicking myself now for doing that. And I never figured out how to play them either. I only bought them, because they were so popular and so very cute!! I loved their bright colors, especially the clear ones, and I also loved the clinking feeling and noise they made when you played with them. Wish I could find a place that sold them.
sarah - March 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Wacky Jax sells them!!! Do a search for site. $5 for a pack of 50!
nancy - March 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Sarah Mar 16 2011 I am still searching when I google wacky jax I only see a quircky tshirt website. can you please check the spelling. Your help is appreciated. I am not having any luck finding these.
Lisa - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
PLEASE! Does anyone know where I can purchase the original chines jacks, or know of websites. The newer version doesn't compare. I bought them at a local store and enjoyed buying the colors that came out. Also, great for hopscotch markers, wearing and creating new combinations. Tried all the new companies but the difference is visible.
sarah - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey Nancy... it is wackyjax dot net. Lisa - these are just like the old ones, they are plastic not metal
Storm - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm a 40-year-old guy who was talking to a friend who grew up in Singapore and asked her what kind of games she played as a kid. She started describing "fivestone" which sounded a lot like Chinese jacks. Now, full of nostalgia, I want to find Chinese jacks. When I was in middle school, EVERYBODY played Chinese jacks. Now I'll be haunting every toy department of every dollar store looking for them
eliza - July 26, 2011 - Report this comment
This was the only game that enabled me to get passed my introverted shell. Was so excited everytime I bought a new package and created new colorful combinations. So thankful to find others have the same fond memories of this game. Determined to play once again... with my husband now!
sarah - August 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey Storm and Eliza... check wackyjax (dot)net or chinesejax (dot)com
CHRIS - October 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Simple: First: make 5 jax by linking 9 rings around 1 center ring. You are ready to start! Onesies: Toss your jax into the air one by one and catch them on the back of your hand as they fall. Twosies: This time toss 2 jax at a time and catch them on the back of your hand. (The leftover jack is tossed by itself.) Threesies: Is the same as twosies but with 3. Foursies: You get it now… use 4 this time! Fivesies: Catch them all! Watch out! If you drop a jack, you lose your turn. Pass them on to the next player and try again next round! Have fun!!!
Lissa - January 27, 2013 - Report this comment
google a site called instructables... type in Chinese jacks in their search.It shows you how to make these jacks ( simple beading wire jump rings) trip to walmart and about 2 bucks!!! hope this helps! ;)
Lyn - November 24, 2013 - Report this comment
To anyone who might be interested, I found something on Ebay that is very similar to Chinese jacks. They're poultry spiral leg bands (LOL), size 8 are a little smaller the than the original Imperial Toy Chinese jacks (which I have a lot of). They're a tiny bit more Rubbery but are shiney and they have bright colors. They're around $6.00 for 25.
Wacky Jax - March 01, 2014 - Report this comment
We will be back up and running soon! Set of 50 for $4.99... new shapes and colors!
Genesee - March 18, 2014 - Report this comment
If you can send me an email when you are up and running again that would be awesome.
Olympianbabe - March 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Are you interested in buying coin operated horses or spring rocking horses??? They are sold on Ebay. Most spring horses are made by Blazon, Wonder, Flexible Flyer, and Radio Flyer. Feel free to buy as many as you like. Good luck!!! :) Ebay account required.
Nicole - May 19, 2014 - Report this comment
reminds me of rainbow loom today.
Wacky Jax - August 23, 2014 - Report this comment
We are back!!
Starsky4271 - July 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Back in my day, early 70s, they were called chicken rings.
emy - December 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Check out!
Lori - May 02, 2017 - Report this comment
Was looking to see if these are still available - we called them chicken rings in the early 70's - they were used as necklaces, bracelets and mainly hopscotch markers. Never heard of Chinese Jacks until now.
Whodlum - February 13, 2018 - Report this comment
Finally, someone else who remembers “chicken rings”! Thought I was crazy. Thought I was just imagining things. Never knew that they were known as Chinese Jacks. Now I know how to search for them!

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