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
1 vs. 1, 1 vs. many
Combination of Skill and Chance
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 of Pick-up Sticks
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!
Our Giant Pick-up Sticks Set:
GoPlayOutside offers giant pick-up sticks made from hard wood dowels. Each sticks is approx
900mm long. Each set contains:
● 30 x Giant Pick-up Sticks,
● 1 x Manual,
● 1 x Container.
Total weight: (tbd), dimensions: 110mm (diameter) x 900 mm
Some photos of the Giant Pick-up Stick set are provided below: