Every once in a while, you discover one of those things that changes how you have fun. That’s probably about to happen for you.
This is one of those games that I discovered at a friend’s house-and when I got home, the first thing I did was jump on my computer to see where (and for how much) I could buy my own. And I was disappointed. Like, really disappointed.
I was a college student, and $60 was not something I had lying around. Well, not for game-buying, anyway. Textbooks were more my thing, if you know what I mean.
So, before I even tell you what it is, know this: I’m about to tell you about a game that is sure to become a family favorite. AND. I’m going to tell you how to make it-so you too can buy textbooks. Or groceries. Or, ya know, whatever your thing is.
On the most basic level, you’re throwing sticks at blocks. But I’m guessing you’ll want something a little more specific in terms of instructions. This video (made by a company that makes and sells the sets here) gives an awesome overview.
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You can find more detailed, written instructions here.
We love the game because it works for 2-12 players (what a range!), ages 5 and up (kids and adults love this) on any outdoor surface (grass, gravel, dirt, concrete, etc). Seriously. I’ve never taken this game anywhere and introduced it to other people and had it not be a big hit.
So, now you’re going to want to know how to make your own set, right?
I had a set that I made several years ago, but we actually just made these as Christmas gifts this last year for all of the siblings and my parents. Why? Because, like I said, everyone loves it. And it’s a great game to have in your garage or your trunk or wherever-because so many different numbers and ages of people can easily participate.
Here’s what you’ll need and the measurements in inches:
King Pin (1): 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 13
Koob Blocks (8): 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 6
Sticks (6 or 12): 1 x 1 x 12 dowels
Head over to your local hardware store and pick up your wood, do some slicing, and sand down the edges. We made our king pin look a little different from just a block by doing some extra slicing, but it’s not necessary. So, you might find out that it’s hard to find wood in these dimensions. You can really use anything if you keep the proportions. The professionally made set actually has different dimensions that you can find here. As long as you can knock the Koob blocks and the king pin over with the sticks, you’re good to go.
Easy peasy-and you’re guaranteed hours of outdoor fun. Trust me.