Family Game Night Idea: Edible Pick Up Sticks

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Pretzels as pick up sticks game

We don’t have a planned weekday for family game night, but when it does happen during the week, I have to make sure the game we play is easy and doesn’t involve a lot of work or long hours of play.  My 6-year-old girl can be patient but my 4-year-old and 1-year-old can get fidgety pretty quickly.

For this fun game of edible pick up sticks, we use pretzels as the sticks and marshmallows to hold the ones we each obtain. We also get to practice counting and improve dexterity!

When we finish the game we end up with, what my son calls, “jellyfish snacks” that we get to eat!

What you'll need

  • Pretzel sticks (about 8 per player)
  • Two marshmallows for each player
  • Clean, flat surface (or wide plate)

How to play

  1. Drop preztel sticks in a pile on the plate or flat surface.

  2. To play: Each person has to try to remove sticks from the pile one by one without moving the other sticks on the plate. Their turn is over as soon as one of the other sticks on the plate moves.

  3. Use a marshmallow as a fun prop to hold each player's winning pretzel sticks. They make for yummy "jellyfish snacks" afterwards! (see photos)

  4. If a stick moves slightly while trying to remove another one, the player has to give up his/her turn to the next person, removing the stick that was attempted and putting it away in a separate pile.  The game can continue after this is done.

  5. The game ends when all pretzel sticks are removed. The winner is the person with the most sticks at the end. 


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