Learn the ropes of this all-ages game involving rope rings, dowels, and lots of family fun.
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Cut one dowel into two 24" pieces using a handsaw. Cut the second dowel into one 24" piece, one 18" piece, and one 6" piece. Cut the third dowel into two 21" pieces (you will have a 6" piece left over).
Using the photo as a guide, wrap colored electrical tape around the dowels; this will help you calculate point totals during play. Apply three rings of blue tape between rings of white tape on the 24" dowels; two rings of red tape between rings of white tape on the 21" dowels; and one yellow ring of tape between white rings on the 18" dowel.
Cut six 12" pieces of manila rope with scissors. Bring two ends of one piece together to make a circle, then wrap a piece of orange tape around the ends. (If tape doesn't keep the ends together, try hot glue, in addition.) Next, wrap three additional pieces of orange tape around the rope ring, evenly spacing them out. (See the rope ring pictured.) Repeat with two more pieces of rope. Then repeat the process with the other three pieces of rope, only using green tape instead of orange. The different colors will help you identify which rope rings belong to which team.
Arrange the six dowels in a pyramid pattern. Place the dowel with the yellow ring at the front, the two dowels with red rings in the middle, and the three with blue rings in the back. (It's up to you how far to space out one dowel from another. We spaced ours about 12".) Then you're ready to play!
Divide into two teams -- each with three rope rings. Take some practice tosses to determine how far to stand from the pyramid of dowels. (The younger the player, the closer he or she will need to stand to the dowels.) Take the 6" piece of dowel left over from Step 1 of "How to Set It Up" and place it on the ground to mark where to stand while throwing your rope rings.
Take turns attempting to toss the ropes around the dowels, updating your point totals after both teams have thrown three rope rings. Landing a rope around a dowel with blue tape is worth three points; the red-tape dowels equal two points; and the yellow-tape dowel is worth one point.
Keep taking turns until one team reaches either 15 points or 21 points (depending on the amount of time you want to play).