Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Picaria

Picaria BoardAlthough Picaria isn't a craft but a game (from the Spanish word for "little stones," it's a fun activity for camping trips, the playground or the driveway because all you'll need is a stick to draw lines (or chalk) and six rocks as markers.

The game is for two players, each has three different playing pieces. Players play on the lines attempting to make “three-in-a-row” where the lines intersect.

To start, players alternate placing pieces on the board. Neither player can place a piece in the center until all six pieces are on the board. Once all pieces are on the board, the next player may move a game piece along a line to the next empty intersection, attempting to make a row of three. Jumping is not allowed. The first player to achieve three-in-a-row is the winner.

Sound fun? Rather like tic-tac-toe but with a little more strategy and playing time. You could even make the board game out of masking tape for your laminate, wood or vinyl floors--fun for summer or winter.

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12 comments:

Joyful Days said...

Okay, that looks fun, I think. But it's after midnight here and I'm going to have to re-read the directions in the morning. Then I'll have the nine year old tell me what I missed and we'll be in business.

As always, it looks great!

la bellina mammina said...

I'm still a bit jetlagged - but I'm keeping this for later & study the strategy...Thanks!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I'm way too tired for that to really computer, but I know that my puzzle and game loving hubby and eldest daughter will love this one. Thanks!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Sorry - I meant 'compute', not 'computer'... Fingers are faster than the brain, LOL!

Heather said...

I've never heard of this game, but it sounds like fun! I always love puzzle/strategy games. Thay keep my brain sharpened! Thanks!

Almost Vegetarian said...

Fascinating. Sort of like Go meets tic-tac-toe meets ... erm ... I need a 6-year-old to explain this, me'thinks.

Cheers!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I like this idea. My kids love Tic Tac Toe but we are all good enough that no one ever wins anymore.

Amber said...

I've never even heard of it but it looks like great fun. WE're always looking for new entertainment!

peppylady said...

I've seen this before but I never knew what it was called.

BeingParents said...

Great post. Every parent want their kids to learn and have fun at the same time. Kids tend to remember things they had fun doing. Smart Kids

Laane said...

Oh, that's great!!

It's also good for the playground at school.
They can paint the lines on the tiles.

Thanks for the idea!

Barb said...

I'm taking this game to the ranch with me this weekend.