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Jack Straws - Retro Board Game


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  • Classic 1950's game - an updated version of pickup sticks.
  • Box size: 19 x 15 x 5 cm
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Technical Details
Item Weight82 g
Product Dimensions19 x 5 x 15 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:6 years and up
Item model number10-076
  
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ASINB003R9IQD4
Best Sellers Rank 4,032 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight82 g
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Date First Available11 Jun 2010
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 5 years. For use under adult supervision

Product Description

Test how steady your hand is with the Jack Straws - Retro Board Game. Simply tip the straws into a heap, then pick them up one by one using the needle, without moving any of the other pieces. A traditional game that's entertained children for a very long time, it was originally played using lengths of real straw! - L.M. Features: Jack Straws Pick up each straw without moving any of the other pieces 1 or more players Suitable for ages 7+ Contains multiple straws and a pick up needle

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hal Marshall TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Mar 2013
I had almost an exact replica of this game when I was a kid, the only difference being that the little tools were white. I obviously pre-dated colour in more ways than one. In every other respect though these are identical. My two little relatives (aged eight and four) did have a 'pick up sticks' game already, but I certainly never saw them play with it. Ah, but I had every confidence in this version. And I am glad to say I have been proved right. Well... sort of.

As a game this is a fun little challenge. It can be played alone or with others, although you will have to share the rather fearsome looking hook-thing which helps to get a purchase on some of the more entangled members of the Jack Straw community. Where they end up is down to the fates and whoever is tasked with chucking them onto the ground in the first place. Some of the shapes are pretty easy to extricate, no matter where they fall. Others, like the ladder, might just require some kind of diversionary tactic in order to distract your opponents, because you aren't supposed to move any of the other pieces. And you almost inevitably will. I don't know how many times I've thought I've seen an escaped tarantula while I've been playing this with my two little relatives. And they still always manage to beat me. Life isn't fair sometimes, it really isn't.

Much more exciting than using this in the way it was originally intended is to use the tool-shaped pieces separately in order to supplement a hundred other imaginative games. That's what I always used to do with mine and my little friends seem to have stumbled upon the idea for themselves too. With me it was always the gardening implements and my eight inch John Boy Walton. No, that isn't a eupemism... although in some ways I dearly wish it was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Shh. on 26 July 2012
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My Grandad bought me a set of this when I was a child so I decided to get one for mine. They enjoy playing it and it's good for hand-eye co-ordination as you have to free the objects without disturbing any of the others. It keeps the children quiet when we play as they concentrate but you have to make sure that you supervise and pack it away again when you've finished otherwise the children play other games with all the pieces and as they are quite fragile they can snap easily.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lara on 22 Dec 2010
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When I saw this item in a magazine it brought back memories of playing this when I was young with my Granny! I have bought it for my family christmas this year and I hope my children will enjoy it for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iona breen on 24 Jan 2014
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i had a similar game as a child, i bought this as a stocking filler for my grandson age 6 . He loves yet, its quick to play he doesn't get bored and it develops hid hand eye coordination without him knowing. It's lovely to have an old fashioned toy in this gadget age that we can interact together.
I would recommend it to others
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Margaret Suttie on 11 Dec 2013
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This is the game I have been trying to buy for years. i am sooooo glad I found it. I am so happy with it I want to buy another one in case I lose any of the bits....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J POTTER on 29 Dec 2013
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Great family game to play at home or take on hliday. As a family we love playing it. Easy rules, great fun
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By wood pigeon on 12 July 2014
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Played this game on my own when growing up. There would always be a heap of straws on the floor waiting for my next move. One great thing about this game? There are absolutely no time limitations, especially when you play it alone. Great game, and pleasant memories flood back to boot.
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By J on 5 Oct 2013
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Chose this as a gift as it is a game from my childhood that was enjoyed by all the family.
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