How to Make a Plinko Game Board

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How to Make a Plinko Game Board
Plinko provides fun for the entire family. (kids image by Siberia from Fotolia.com)

Plinko is a game made famous by the television game show "The Price is Right." The fun, simple game comes in different versions available for purchase. However, by obtaining a few simple materials and following some simple instructions, you can actually make a version of the game for you and your family. Have hours of fun with your family with a homemade reproduction of this wonderful game show board game.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 3/16 inch by 4ft by 4ft white pegboard
  • 133 dowel rods, 1/4 inch by 1 inch
  • 12 rubber bands
  • Plastic window box (approximately 6 inch by 4ft)
  • 3 poker chips

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay the peg board flat on the ground. Place 10 of the dowel rods across the top of the board in a row, skipping a hole between each dowel rod placement. This becomes row 1 of the Plinko board.

    How to Make a Plinko Game Board
    Each peg should be about 1 in long. (dowel pin image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Skip a row of holes and start placing the second row of dowel rods in the third row of holes from the top of the board. Begin with the second column between the first two dowels in row one. This becomes row two. Remember when placing the dowels along the rows to skip a hole between each dowel, placing the dowels in columns two, four, six, etc.

    How to Make a Plinko Game Board
    Place the dowel rods across the board in rows. (dowel image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Repeat this process across the pegboard for every other row of holes. Odd rows get 10 dowel rods each, skipping a hole between each placement. Even rows start in the second column, and get nine dowel rods each, skipping a hole between each placement. In the end there should be 13 rows of dowel rods, with an empty row between each one.

    How to Make a Plinko Game Board
    The dowel rods make a maze of pegs. (water maze image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Loop a rubber band around the first three pegs in the first column, in the first peg in each of rows one, two and three. Place a rubber band around the first three pegs in the last column, going down rows one, two and three. Repeat this procedure for each set of three pegs along the outside columns of the peg board. This procedure makes a boundary on each side of the Plinko board.

    How to Make a Plinko Game Board
    Use rubber bands as borders for the game. (Rubber bands image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Place a plastic window box, at least 4ft. in length, at the bottom of the Plinko board to catch the chips as they fall through.

    How to Make a Plinko Game Board
    Use a plastic window box liner or something similar to catch the chips. (WINDOW BOX image by brelsbil from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Write point or dollar values at the bottom of each column to score each player as they take a turn. Use a permanent marker to write the values instead of placing tape or paper on the Plinko board, so the chips do not get stuck on their way to the bottom.

    How to Make a Plinko Game Board
    When using a permanent marker, be sure to let the ink dry before playing. (marker image by Rich Johnson from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Use additional rubber bands in the centre of the Plinko board to change up the game and make it more challenging to score higher.
  • Be careful when placing the rubber bands on the dowel rods. Pulling the bands too tight may break the pegs.

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