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If you've ever needed a quick, easy and inexpensive way to keep kids busy, straw games are for you.  Most of these games can be played cooperatively or competitively, it's up to you!

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Straw Games


1. Pick up Straws (Competitive)

  1. Empty a box of straws in a pile on the table or on the floor.
  2. Take turns picking up a straw without moving any other straws.
  3. You get to keep all the straws you pick up.


  • assign points to different colored straws making them more valuable.
  • If a person successfully picks up a straw, he or she gets another turn.


2. Cooperative Pick Up Straws

Work together to clear the 'sticks' from a pathway without disturbing the other sticks.  Each person takes a turn trying to remove a 'stick' without touching or moving any of the other 'sticks'.  


3.  Standing Straws

Using only straws, see who can make the highest structure that will stand by itself for at least 1 minutes.  Agree how long the players will have to work on the structure (e.g. 5 minutes).


  • build a structure that could support a cereal bowl or an egg.
  • add some extra items (e.g. address labels, paperclips, one pencil, ...) and see who can make the tallest structure.


If you are looking for another easy idea with straws, try Color Mixing is an activity that's lots of fun.

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