Tricky Sticks Fun Ker-Plunk Marble Game

Are you searching for a social game for pre-kindergarten children?  here is a classic game that will never go out of fashion: The  Ker-Plunk marble game.

I bought this game some months ago, in October, and I have chosen this version for the rocket shape, which for children is more attractive than a flat plastic building the dimensions are 12.1 x 8.3 x 3.9 inches, In the package there was:

– the base with 4 trays where marbles will fall;

– the bottom of the rocket, where there is the small “door” through which the marbles will pass;

– the central part of the rocket, where there are 48 small holes;

– the tip of the rocket;

– 48 colorful plastic sticks, 12 orange, 12 purple, 12 blue, 12 yellow, 12 green, 12 pink;

– 48 plastic marbles, the colors divided same as the sticks… so 12 of each color;

– 1 six-sided dice with a different color on each face.

Note: in my package there wasn’t any manual, but assembly of the pieces is very easy so it is not a big deal.

After assembly of the pieces of the “rocket”; you can start to fill all the small holes of the central part with the 48 sticks in a random way so the different colors are scattered. When you finish putting all the sticks in, you pour all the marbles in the top of the rocket and closed it.

The game is for 2 to 4 players and starts with the first player rolling the dice and slowly removing a stick of the same color indicated by the dice, trying not to let the marbles fall down into your tray,

The second player then rotates the rocket to align the opening with their tray, and rolls the dice repeating the same steps as the first player.

After many sticks are removed, it becomes difficult to turn the rocket without making some marbles fall down, but it is part of the game and the player must be careful to not receive marbles before remove a stick.  The game ends when all marbles have fallen in the trays, and the winner is  the one with the least marbles in their tray.

A small defect about this game is that the trays are too little to all marbles that fall down from the rocket, so I gave my niece and her friends 4 small plastic glasses in which to hold marbles.

This game is very elementary (my niece is 3 years old and is able to play) but it teaches manual skills and reasoning to children and the price is very cheap. After all, I feel satisfied with the purchase made through Amazon and it is always good to see children play with a toy instead of staying in front of a television or computer.

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