Giant Pick Up Sticks
by Bernie DeKoven
made the pick-up sticks out of the cardboard tubes that are found on the
inside of carpet rolls. We found 30 sixteen-foot long tubes and painted
them according to classic pick-up sticks colors: one black, seven red,
blue and yellow, and eight green.
According to the actual rules, each color has a different point value: red 10, blue 5, green 2 and yellow 1. The black stick, worth 25 points, can be used to pick up other sticks. At least according to the actual rules. We never actually got that far.
To start the game, at least with regulation-sized pick-up sticks, one player holds all the sticks vertically in one hand, and releases them so that they form a pile. However, to start Giant Pick-Up Sticks, you need people to grab as many tubes as possible, stand the tubes up in a big cluster, and then, at a signal, run away as fast as possible so no one gets clonked by a falling tube.
creates a completely hilarious scene that is visible for blocks (we had it
at one end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and it could be seen down the
whole stretch, all the way from the art museum). Sure, we could have
continued our meaningful involvement by playing the actual game. Lifting
up a sixteen-foot stick without disturbing any of the others was certainly
a daunting enough challenge for even the most competitive minded. But the
fact was, people just wanted to get those sticks together and then run
away, over and over. And, given 250,000 potential players, we never needed
to go beyond that.
Bernie De Koven
Bernie has designed award-winning games for Ideal Toy Company, Children's Television Workshop, CBS Software and Mattel Toys.
He earned his Master's degree in theater from Villanova University
where he received a Rockefeller Fellowship in playwriting.
Bernie is a lifetime member of The Association for the Study of Play
and a professional member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology
Bernies Website : www.deepfun.com
Reprinted by permission
This Art image, above, though a good depiction of what a
Pick-Up Sticks looks like,is actually of a work of art
Phil Goulding : www.goulding-sculpture.com
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