How to Play the Clothespin Drop Game

By Carol Finch

Clothespin Drop is a home, party or carnival game that mixes skill and luck. All you need to play the game is some clothespins and a container -- players have to try to drop the pins into the container from a specific height. This is not as easy as it sounds, as you'll choose a container with a mouth wide enough for a clothespin to fall through, but only if it is dropped at the right angle.

Step 1

Set a bottle or jar down on the ground. The container should have a mouth that is wide enough to allow a clothespin to fall inside if it's dropped vertically, but not so wide that it will take pins horizontally.

If you're playing Clothespin Drop at a party or carnival, decorate the container to make it look a bit more fancy.

Step 2

Gather a bunch of clothespins based on how many tries players get. If you give them five tries, you need at least five clothespins, though the game will run faster if you have more and can get the next few players ready in advance.

Step 3

Stand the first player by the container and work out their drop distance. Get them to stretch out their arm horizontally at shoulder height so that their arm is straight and their fingers are above the bottle. You can draw a circle around the bottle as a guide, if you prefer, though this won't suit all kids. Smaller ones may be too far away and bigger ones too close -- it's easier to use the arm rule so they all stand at a fair distance for their heights and use the same dropping technique.

If kids find it hard to drop clothespins from shoulder height, get them to bend their arm at the waist to reduce the drop distance. You can also place a chair by the container facing backward -- players kneel on the chair and drop clothespins over the back.

Step 4

Give the player their clothespins, make sure they understand what to do and tell them to start dropping pins when they're ready. Make a note of their score and let the rest of the kids take a turn. If you're playing a competitive game, the winner is the player who gets the most clothespins in the container.