Classic games were a fun and important part of my childhood. My children love games as well, and we have enjoyed playing board games like Sorry and Chutes and Ladders together. But there are still many games I used to play that are still unknown to them. One of them was Pick Up Sticks. Instead of buying the game, I thought we could use what we have--bamboo chopsticks in this case. Before teaching my kids how to play, I needed to refresh my memory on the standard rules; I found a good description of the game here.
Even my youngest child (who is four) has really liked playing this simple game. I have discovered again how playing pick up sticks can be a fun way to hone our fine motor skills. It's definitely challenging for players of many ages, including parents!
- Bamboo chopsticks (new and/or reclaimed from takeout)
- Unsweetened Koolaid packets
- Old non-toxic markers
How to make it:
- Mix colored Koolaid powder with water to create paint. Paint each chopstick the desired color.
- Dip old marker tips in water and color each chopstick.
- Allow chopsticks to dry.
- Decide how you will play the game, assigning a point value to each color, etc.
I'm sharing this project at Kids Get Crafty, Terrific Under Ten Tuesday, and Show and Share Saturday.