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.
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
I have never heard of this game, but it sounds fun!
It is such a great time! Let us know if you ever try it out!
Kim @ 2justByou says
I’ve never played this game, but it looks so fun. I pinned it for later!
This looks so fun. We are always on the lookout for new yard activities. Thanks for sharing!
I want to make the game but was wondering if the 12 sticks are dowels? They look like that in the photo but
the instructions say 1″ x 1 ” so I am assuming they are square sticks. Thank you.
Hi Judy! They’re dowels. Hope you love the game!! It’s definitely a favorite around here.
My husband is from Sweden and we introduced Kubb (the Swedish name for it) to our friends and family in the US 13 years ago. It was a huge it. I actually lugged a whole set from Sweden in my suitcase once 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying it too and spreading the love!!
A couple of questions concerning the materials list. I watched the video and they call for 5 blocks on each side AND 4 corner posts. Is there a reason why you have reduced the end blocks to 4 on each side? I am assuming the corner blocks aren’t necessary? Thanks!
Hi Chip! So glad you asked. We’ve been meaning to clarify this in the post. We started playing Koob way before we found these particular instructions/set and we’ve always just used four Koob blocks and no corner posts. You can definitely play either way and have a great time.
Shane Hultquist says
For those that are making a set…awesome! I started Kubb Canada as a resource for Kubb players across this great country of ours! We held our first National Tournament this year and are all set for the 2015 tournament now as well! Make a set, get playing and be sure to check out http://www.kubbcanada.com to keep up to date on what’s happening in the world of Kubb!
Amy Murray says
This looks like so much fun! I also can see it being a great gift for my sisters and brothers for Christmas! I am excited to go and get some wood and get going!
Oh, I hope you love it as much as we do!! Such a great game.
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Saw it, made it, playing it with my twin 14 yr old boys and two of their friends. Took ten minutes to make, been playing for three hours…..
Awesome! Thanks for coming back to tell us. Hope it becomes a permanent family favorite!!
Amanda N. says
This looks like so much fun! We are a big game playing family! I want to make this as Christmas gifts for all of our brothers & sisters. I’m wondering how much you spent to make it? Think it can be played in snow? haha
Hi Amanda! It’s such a fun game. I hope you love it! I remember it being more expensive to buy all of the wood than I expected. The more sets you make, the less expensive it gets per set. I want to send it ended up being between $25-$30 per set for us, and we made 4 sets. I’m not sure about the snow-let us know if it works!