I decided on 25 sticks for this game. I don’t have the original game, so I just winged it on the number of sticks, colors, and point values.


  • 25 Q-Tips
  • paint (three different colors)


  1. sticks 2Using acrylic paint, paint 3 Q-tips blue (8 points), 8 Q-tips green (3 points), and 14 Q-tips red (1 point).
  2. Let dry.

How to Play Pick-Up Sticks:

  1. Bundle the sticks in your hand and then drop them on the table.
  2. Take turns picking up as many sticks as you can without moving any other stick except the one you are picking up.
  3. If you move a stick, then your turn is over.
  4. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Cassi Griffin is the creator of The Crafty Crow, one of the best collection of children's arts and crafts on the Internet. She is also a craft designer and has contributed designs to many books and national magazines. When she is not blogging and crafting, she is homeschooling her three amazing kids in the beautiful mountains of Idaho and trying to find balance in life as a single mom.

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