How to Play Sticks & Spoons

If you are looking for a quick and easy group game best suited for smaller groups, why not play Sticks and Spoons? It is easy to set up and great fun on a rainy day.

Even though this is a hilarious game that involves precision and persistence, it will surely be very chaotic, and hysterically silly.

Features of Sticks and Spoons Game

 ★  Game Name Sticks and Spoons
 ★  Group size small
 ★  Age any
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill precision
 ★  Place indoor
 ★  Time up to 5 min
 ★  Preparation yes
 ★  Materials marbles, sticks, spoons, chairs

Aim of the Game

In Sticks and Spoons, you need to try to get as many marbles in your cup as possible. The catch? You can’t use your hands, only sticks, and spoons. The person with the most marbles in their cup at the end of the time limit wins.

Group Size

This is the perfect game for small groups and is best suited for groups of 5 to 10 players – any more and you’ll have marbles everywhere! This is a challenging game that is great for kids in high school. Adults even love this game too!

Preparation and Materials

If you want to play Sticks and Spoons then there are a few pieces of equipment you need to get your hands on:

  • 4-foot sticks, one per person
  • Spoons, one per person
  • A large bag of marbles (50+)
  • Plastic or styrofoam cups, one per person
  • Chairs, one per person

To get ready to play the game, tape one spoon to the end of each 4-foot stick with the scoop part of the spoon facing outwards. We recommend wooden spoons as these are less likely to scratch the floor. Then, arrange the chairs in a circle facing inwards and put the marbles in the center of the circle.

You can play this game indoors or outdoors, but it is best suited to be played indoors so that the marbles don’t go astray.

How to Play Sticks and Spoons

To play Sticks and Spoons, tell everybody to sit in a chair and hand them one of the sticks with the spoons attached and a plastic cup. Instruct the players to place the cup on the floor by their feet.

The players have to scoop up as many marbles as possible from the center of the circle into their own plastic cups using only their stick and spoon.

They are not allowed to touch the cup or the marbles with their hands, only their tools. All players must also stay seated for the entire game and cannot sabotage the other players by knocking over their cups.

After about 5 minutes or when all the marbles have been collected (whichever comes first), stop the game and count how many marbles they have managed to collect. The player with the most marbles in their cups wins!

Alternative Variations

You can change the length of the game to work with the amount of time you have free.

Also, why not eliminate a player each round to make things more exciting? The person with the least number of marbles in their cup is out of the next round.

Remove their chair from and circle and make the circle of chairs smaller. Eventually, there will be two players left that go head to head – keep playing until there is an Ultimate Sticks and Stones champion!