Ivan Mengleev, About Children's Games
Ivan talks about a game with ankle bones and explains how to make playing balls from cow’s hair: Ankle bones are smooth on one side, and not so on the other. In the past, to dye them red, people boiled a herb called ‘goose feet’ and put ankle bones into the water. One ankle bone was chosen, and it was ground flat on a stone. Then a small hole was made inside it which was filled with lead to make it heavier. This ankle bone was used in a game where players took it and hit with it other ankle bones that were arranged in a line. The players each took the ankles bones they hit. People also made balls from cow’s hair by rolling it in their hands and applying saliva. Such balls were strong.