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Play with Plinko

February 01, 2018 | daily spark
Balaji Ramanujam


Plinko? Sounds like a funny word! Do you know what a Plinko actually is?

Originally, it was a game used on the TV show The Price is Right, where contestants could win prizes at random. But you can also build your very own “Plinko”, and it’s a great activity for children to develop their focus and critical thinking. You can use recycled materials such as cardboard and Popsicle sticks to build a board and add obstacles. Once the board is ready, just drop a marble at the top and hope for a good score at the bottom.

Here’s a quick video that we put together to show you what it is. DO try this at home! 

Here’s a little trick. But, Sshhhhh….don’t tell anybody! The secret lies in the position of the obstacles that will make each Plinko different and exciting. So next time you play with your children, try different configurations and combinations. Drop the marbles several times and note down the scores.

This is an excellent exercise for children to collect and analyse data while having fun. It can also be played as a multiplayer game; it’s a sure win for a night together at home.

Or you could come and play Plinko with us! We offer this and more at our upcoming Open House this Saturday. Register here.


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