Five, six, pick up sticks! Seven, eight who cares once you're playing with Giant Pick Up Sticks. Only the steadiest of hands can succeed in this game of daring tension.
As with the mini version of pick up sticks, in Giant Pick Up Sticks, each color of stick carries a different point value. The object is to pick up the sticks one at a time without disturbing any others. At the start of the game, the giant sticks are held in the hand and dropped to create a randomly arranged pile. If a player moves a stick while attempting to pick up another stick, the pile is picked up and dropped again, with play passing to another player. Rack up the highest score of the day to claim the winner's crown!
In contrast to regular pick up sticks, Giant Pick Up Sticks are great for outdoor play since they are easy to find at the end of the day. Of course, there is no reason why you can't play with Giant Pick Up Sticks inside on rainy or snowy days. In addition, Giant Pick Up Sticks are durable and they conveniently repackage for storage at the end of play.
As you try to remove each stick, you are forced to think logically and move methodically through the pile. Unlike regular pick up sticks, Giant Pick Up Sticks require steady hands, as well as flexibility. In fact, the bending and short-term tensioning of the body are healthy ways to improve strength as in disciplines such as yoga, pilates, and tai chi.
Giant Pick Up sticks are the evolution of their diminutive counterparts. The history of pick up sticks likely begins in ancient China. The Chinese had a version of the pick up sticks game in which intricately carved ivory sticks were used wherein the type of figure the stick had been carved into represented the point value. Cheaper versions were carved of bone or wood. Discovered by British traders in China, pick up sticks were popularized under the name of Spellicans. Later, when the British Colonized North America Spellicans were brought across the Atlantic where the name seems to have been distorted into Spilikins. Still, other North Americans began calling pick up sticks Jackstraws, likely in reference to the material of which they were sometimes made colored or painted wheat straw. It should be pointed out that Native Americans played a game called Selahtikan in which reeds covered with painted dots (for scoring) were used. There is some ambiguity as to whether or not it was Asians crossing the Bering Strait land bridge, or the British who introduced the game to Native Americans. Regardless, this culturally diverse and ancient history, speaks to the longevity and playability of this great game.
Giant Pick Up Sticks are fun at the cottage, or simply on the backyard lawn. Resorts would benefit greatly from a sleeve of Giant Pick Up Sticks for their patrons to play. Garden parties can likewise be livened by Giant Pick Up Sticks. Be it a backyard barbecue, a birthday party, a business promotion, or a family reunion, Giant Pick Up Sticks are the way to go! Schools, camps and daycare use these games for recreation and recess. Companies bring Giant Pick Up Sticks along on company picnics, and team building exercises.
With a long and rich history, Giant Pick Up Sticks are a traditional game that has migrated from the kitchen table to the lawn and beyond. Brighten your day with a handful of colorful pick up sticks today.
- Contains 30 wooden sticks 3' (0.9 m) in length.
- Fun for 2 or more players of all ages.
- Young children should be supervised.
- Imported from England.
- Great gift idea.