MarblesFive Stones Yo-YoSpinning Top (Forfera)

  • Issue: November 2002
  • Designer: Sharon Murro
  • Stamp Size: 25.7 mm x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 486, 487, 488, 489 (two phosphor bars)
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: Government Printers
  • Method of printing: offset

The value of the game and its contribution to the child's development has been known for generations.

The game teaches the child to adhere to rules, to co-operate, to play with and compete with self respect and respect for others.

The games depicted in this stamp series have beer popular in Israel for many years. The origins of these games come from the ancient past and far away places. Their simplicity and charm stand out it today's computer era.


Small glass balls are used for the game. There are different types o marbles such as smoked (a smoke shape inside the marble), cracked, complete and striped. The different games played in Israel with marbles include "Idi" - the basic game for two players. This is also played in order to determine who starts first in the "real" game. "Miktze" is another game whereby earl player has to hit his component's marble so that i will hit another marble.

Five Stones

This is one of the most complex children's games with variations and regional differences. The game was originally played with five small stones and later on with five gray or bronze-colored metal cubes. The playe throws down the stones, selects one for tossing anc tosses it in the air whilst picking up one stone w& the other hand and catching the tossed stone or the back of the hand. This is repeated until all stones have been picked up. In his next go the player they picks up two stones at a time and then three anc four.


This is a toy made of a small flattened ball or wheel with a string attached to i so that it can be rolled up and down many times. I requires much talent and expertise to keep the whee moving.

Spinning Top (Forfera)

This is a wide and heavy wooden covered cone with a string tied to theĀ  sharp metal point at the end. The string is woven around the cone and then released to let the top spin.

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Children's Games - Philately Day