Lawn

Games




Giant Pick-up Sticks

  Pick-up sticks or pick-a-stick is a game of physical and mental skill. A bundle of sticks about 900 millimetres long, are held in a loose bunch and released on a lawn surface, falling in random disarray. Each player, in turn, must remove a stick from the pile without disturbing the remaining ones.



Players:
2 to 6

Competitive:
1 vs. 1, 1 vs. many.

Complexity:
4/10

Duration:
Medium

Type:
Combination of Skill and Chance.


Fun factor

This old childhood classic is reimagined as a giant lawn game that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It is a fun game of tention, where only the steadiest of hands succeed... The anticipation of accidentally moving unwanted sticks adds to the fun! "It moved,it moved!" ... "No, it didn't!"


History

Mikado is a pick-up sticks game originating in Europe. In 1936 it was brought from Hungary to the USA and was mostly called pick-up sticks. This term is not very specific in respect to existing stick game variations. Probably the "Mikado" name was not used because it was a brand name of a game producer. The game got its name from the highest scoring (blue) stick "Mikado" (Emperor of Japan). The buddhistic Chien Tung also contains a stick called "emperor". The house of "Tsuchimikado" adapted in the 16th century some culture, possibly also the "Chien Tung" oracle. Maybe in the course of Japonism in the 19th / 20th century the "Zitterwackel" game had changed to "Mikado" (probably first named "Tsuchimikado").



Game Setup and Rules

First, the sticks are bundled together in an upward position. They are then let loose to fall to the ground. Players might have to step back here, to allow the sticks to fall randomly to the ground. If the sticks do not fall right, you can try again. This is the start position.

The first player starts by picking up a stick. He/she may only move that specific stick, and the other sticks may NOT move. If another stick is touched or moved, the player may not continue, and it will be the next players turn. If the stick was removed successfully, it is lay down next to the player on the ground, and he/she continue by picking up the next stick. Once a player has won his/her first stick, the stick is allowed to be used to pick up the other sticks.

The sticks have different colours, and different points associated with them. When all the sticks are picked up, they points are tallied, and the person with the highest score wins!



Included in the Kit:

31 x Pick-up Sticks
2 x Instructional Booklets
1 x Carry box*

*Box weighs approx. 2 kg.
(100 x 10 x 5cm)