Saturday, December 4, 2010

Native American Games and Cheap Popsicle Sticks

Breaking news: The boys have found a way to entertain themselves. How? By re-creating a Native American game using popsicle sticks. This game is actually cool enough I felt the need to share.

Here’s how you play:

1) Each player takes 3 popsicle sticks.
2) Color one side of the sticks red, the other side yellow.
3) On the red side of ONE stick, draw a snake.

So by the time you’re done setting up each player should have 3 popsicle sticks, red on one side, yellow on the other, one with a snake on the red side. EACH PLAYER GETS A SNAKE. This was actually remarkably vague in the initial directions-it took us a few minutes to put the pieces together and realize that if every player didn’t have a snake, it wasn’t going to work.

All the players sit in a circle on the floor and take turns throwing their sticks.

3 Red Sides Showing=3 points
3 Yellow Sides Showing=2 points
2 Red Sides and 1 Yellow Side Showing=1 point
2 Yellow Sides and 1 Red Side Showing=0 points

Snakes add two points to the initial score. So 3 red sides showing would be 3 points, plus 2 for the snake=5 pts. 2 yellow sides and 1 red side, if the red side has a snake=2 points. You get the picture.

First player to 20 points wins.

My four year old is currently creaming his brother. It’ll be interesting to see how long this can last 


  1. Highest point for the throw wins, or do you total the points over a number of throws?

  2. First player to 20 points, whole game, wins the bragging rights until the next time the popsicle sticks come out to do battle!