Play This Challenging Korean Game

Earlier this week, Gold spray paint jazzes up lots of craft and DIY projectsI wrote about my fun experience using gold spray paint.

Since then, I’ve got a couple more ideas percolating on the back burner that I want to do and share with you. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do them sometime next week. Stay tuned.

It also got me thinking about a Korean game that I recently learned about. The game uses rocks.

Of course I couldn’t use plain, ordinary rock-colored rocks, now could I? No siree, Bob!

So, out came my can of gold spray paint!

Here are the rocks that I used.
Rocks before I painted them gold for a Korean game.

I got them out of my flower bed. No lack of rocks there! If anybody would like rocks so they can play this game, I’ve got billions for you to choose from. You’d justย  have to come pick them out of my yard. Lemme know if you are interested.

Here they are all sparkly gold.

Use gold painted rocks to jazz up this Korean game.

What’s that, you say? Are you saying, “Come on, come on! Tell us about the game?”

Okey dokey. Here goes. The game is called Kongki Noli. (Don’t ask me how to pronounce it. My Korean is a little rusty. Nay, it is totally non-existent!)

This game is a traditional Korean game. It is similar to the game of ‘jacks.’ Did you play jacks as a kid? I was obsessed with that game in the 4th grade!

Instead of metal jacks, the Koreans use rocks. And they play the game a tad different. At the end, it is VERY challenging. It would be a game that could keep grandkids occupied for a long time as they perfected their skill playing the game.

So, here are the directions.

Kongki Noli

You will need five small stones. Preferably painted gold. ๐Ÿ™‚

One grandchild tosses the rocks on the ground. She then picks up one and tosses it in the air. She quickly picks up another rock and then catches the rock she just tossed up. She now has two rocks in her hand.

She throws one of the rocks from her hand into the air, and picks up a third rock. She continues picking up rocks until she has all of the rocks in her hand. This is the first round.

For the second round, she picks up two rocks every time she throws one rock in the air.

In the third round, she picks up three rocks. In the fourth round, she picks up four.

Now comes the challenging part of the game. She tosses all of the rocks in the air and then tries to catch them on the back of her hand. She tosses them up again and catches them in her palm. The number of rocks that she catches is her score. If she fails to catch them, it’s the next player’s turn.

The object is to be the person with the highest score when you decide to quite playing.

Here’s a picture of what it could look like if you caught all five rocks on the back of your hand. (This is a posed picture. I did not catch them on the back of my hand! I’m gonna have to practice a lot more before that will ever happen!)

This Korean rock game is a fun and challenging game for kids to play.

(Please do not pay attention to the wrinkles on my hand. Nor of the ugly veins sticking out. It sure looks like an old lady’s hand, doesn’t it? But, hey. If the shoe fits . . . )

This game helps grandchildren develop their fine motor skills and their hand-and-eye coordination. It might even help teach them patience and perseverance! (like I know it would me).

This could be part of a Korean themed activity. You could possibly dress in a national Korean costume and serve rice and Kimchi.

I hope you have fun playing this game with the grands — and having a Korean party.

16 thoughts on “Play This Challenging Korean Game

  • Maria Heike

    We used to play this game when I was a kid too. There used to be an endless combination to make it harder an harder. After your fourth round I remember tossing the stones again. Throwing one up in the air and cathing one, then throwing up the two stones in the hand cathing one, then throwing up 3 picking up one and so on. Next round throwing up 1 picking up 2 putting them back throwing up 1 picking up 3… we used to spend ages and the winning girl was always a girl from Thailand she had plyed it since she was very little

  • Mella

    Used to play this when I was young, but with tiny bags of rice made with fabric (same size as these small rocks). They were softer on the hands when catching them! The rocks are great alternatives and easy to use on-the-go.

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Well, all I can say is that we have earned all of those wrinkles and bulging veins! Hope you have fun playing this with your granddaughter!

  • Julie

    what an awesome little game!!! (Typed with wrinkled and veiny hands) I also loved jacks, but I will be making this for my granddaughter as well…and I just happen to have gold paint lol

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Umbreen,

    That is cool that you used to play this game as a child! That is so fun to know.

    Thanks for stopping by,

  • Umbreen

    I can’t believe…? this is the game I was used to play with my mum when I was a child. I am from another country and can’t believe people play it here as well. Thanks for reminding me of this amazing game. I ll defenitly try it with my daughter who is 9 ?

  • Jann Olson

    The beginning of the game reminds me a little of playing Jacks. Loved doing that when I was young! The only time I use god spray paint is to paint my pumpkins after Thanksgiving is over. They look nice in outdoor Christmas arrangements. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    Hold on to that can of gold spray paint. I’m going to be posting another idea what you can do with it!

    Thanks for dropping by,

  • Lynn @ Riggstown Road

    How funny- I just happen to have a can of gold spray paint in the cabinet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even though I don’t have grandchildren yet, I do have some kids who sometimes need a new game to play. They can probably outdo me–I don’t think I’d make it past the first level! Thanks for sharing.
    (I also just happen to know a lady who is Korean. I’ll have to ask her how to pronounce it!)

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    I like the zero prep activities, too! After popping by your website and seeing your picture, I daresay your hands look like mine. I also enjoyed reading about your experience with using super glue to glue yourself together instead of having stitches. That’s a trick we use, too. (My husband is a retired x-ray technician and learned it from a doctor in the hospital, too.) And, I must say I enjoyed reading your post about why you joined the LDS church. Welcome! (Yes, I’m a Mormon, too!) By the way, did you marry that cute boy you sat by on the bus??

    Wishing you all the best,

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