What you will make:
In this project, you will make rings and stakes for the game of ring
toss. Rules for the game are included. This is a terrific activity for families or groups; it
can be played indoors or outdoors. Make a set to have on hand for
picnics, cookouts and parties.
Included at the end of the project are the
rules for playing Ring Toss. Also, learn about the
origins of Ring Toss.
Here's what you need:
- 3/8" or 1/2" rope
- Scissors or utility knife
- 1/2" dowel rod or other stick
- Electrical tape or masking tape
- Utility knife or saw
- Optional supplies: Paint, marker, water bottles, plastic cups, and sand.
This project is rated EASY to do.
What are the origins of the game of Ring Toss?
Games of skill originated as a way to learn the coordination needed
to hunt. Although we have no record of them, these games probably
originated in prehistoric times. We know from recent history that
Native American children played many games that perfected their ability
to throw, run, and aim.
The game of ring toss probably developed from the British
game of quoits. Quoits are light metal rings about six inches across.
Players toss the quoits at iron "hobs" placed 18 yards apart. There are
records of quoits being played as early as the 14th century, and the game may have
developed from the Greek sport of discus throwing.
The British and other Europeans spread the game of quoits as they explored and
colonized. There is a Peruvian legend about an Incan king who was murdered
while playing quoits with the Spanish conquistadores.
An indoor version of quoits was popular with children during the
19th century. It was played on a portable wooden playing bed with up to
nine hobs. Our game of ring toss is based on this incarnation.
How to Play Ring Toss
Here's what you need:
Four or eight rings (half one color, half another), two stakes,
and a score sheet.
Number of players: Two players or teams. With
four or more players, split into two teams.
Object of game: To be the first player or team
to reach an agreed-upon total score: usually 50 to 100 points.
Before you start: Make the rings and stakes from this project.
- Step 1: Setup
- Find a place to play—outdoors or indoors. Arrange the
stakes six or more feet apart. Flip a coin to see who goes first. Half of the players stand by each stake.
- Step 2: Play
- Each player/team throws their chosen color of rings at the opposite stake.
- Players/teams alternate turns, throwing one ring at a time until all rings have been thrown.
- Score 5 points for each ringer and 3 points for any ring touching the stake, and score one point
for a ring within 6" of the stake and closer than an opponent's ring.
- Pick up the rings and continue playing until one player/team reaches the target score.