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How to Play Hi Ho Cherry-O

By Contributor ; Updated October 03, 2017

How to Play Hi Ho Cherry-O. Hi Ho Cherry-O has been a classic children's board game for several decades. Made by the Parker Brothers gaming company, the objectives of the game are to promote sharing and teach counting to preschool children from age 3 to 6. You can play with between 2 and 4 players. Read on to learn more.

Choose a tree and hang 10 cherries on the tree. Each player should have his or her own tree, cherries and bucket.

Take turns spinning the spinner. As each person spins, he or she can land on the number 1, 2, 3 or 4. This number indicates how many cherries each player has to pick off the tree and put in his or her bucket. If the spinner lands on the dog or the bird, the player must put two cherries back on the tree. If the spinner stops on the spilled bucket icon, the player must dump all of his cherries out of his or her bucket. Then hang the cherries back on the tree.

Alternate who spins until someone has all 10 cherries in his or her bucket. This person is declared the winner. The remaining players can keep going until they all end up with 10 cherries in their buckets too.

Tip

Reading is not required for children to be able to play Hi Ho Cherry-O.

Warning

Hi Ho Cherry-O is not intended for children under age 3. It has small parts that can be a choking hazard.

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