While cleaning out the games closet I game across a wooden peg solitaire triangle game. It’s a classic logic game, but some of the pegs were missing so the remaining parts were a bit useless. I knew immediately, however, that I cold design a peg game that would not take up precious space in our tiny closet AND would keep my kids busy!
I tossed the wooden board and plastic pegs in the recycling and created a triangle printable, repurposed some pegs from another game and voilà! I presented peg solitaire to the boys. Neither of them remembered playing it (although I have photographic evidence in the form of this airplane games post) so it was as exciting and challenging as a brand new toy.
Lucky you, I’m sharing the printable, rules and even a video so you and your kids can play, too. Fair warning though: peg solitaire is not as easy as it looks!
How to play the peg solitaire triangle game:
Step 1: Download the Printable
Step 2: Raid your game closet for pegs from other board games. Any color, or combination of colors will do. In a pinch you can use coins.
Step 3. Arrange pegs in spaces so that there is one empty space. If this is your first time playing, leave one of the corners empty. If you think you are a logic game savant, leave empty a random space in the middle of the board.
Step 5. One peg at a time, jump over other pegs, removing the jumped peg.
Goal: Jump all the pegs, until you have only one peg left on the board.
Watch the video!
How to score:
1 peg left: WOW! You are the smartest person in the world.
2 pegs left: Pretty good, my friend
3 pegs left: Try again, I’m sure you can do it.
4 pegs left: Don’t quit your day job.
5 pegs left: Nothing left to say.
There are other configurations of peg solitaire games, most notably the 33 hole cross board, and in fact, your kids are learning lots of mathematics group theory while playing so score one for mom and dad!
Do you want the peg solitaire solution? You’ll have to Google it, my friend. We aren’t cheaters around here.
More totally awesome and groovy diy games for you and the kids:
- Tchuka Ruma, a solitary mancala game
- Math Tic Tac Toe
- Tapatan 3 in a row game
- Pong-hau-ki from China
- Len Choa: a leopard tiger hunt game from Thailand
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