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Pick-up sticks, pick-a-stick, jackstraws, or spillikins is a game of physical and mental skill. A bundle of 'sticks,' between 3 and 8 inches long, are held in a loose bunch (see the picture) and released on a table top, falling in random disarray. Each player, in turn, must remove a stick from the pile without disturbing the remaining ones. One root of the name "pick-up sticks" may be the line of a children's nursery rhyme, "...five, six, pick-up sticks!"
This is a game for two or more players. The object of the game is to pick up the most sticks.
To begin the game, a bundle of sticks are somewhat randomly distributed so that they end up in a tangled pile. The more tangled the resulting (dis)array, the more challenging the game. In some versions of the game, any isolated sticks, or sticks lying alone, are removed.
The first player attempts to remove a single stick, without moving any other stick. In some versions of the game, players use a tool to move the stick away from the pile; this "tool" may be one of the sticks, held aside before the game begins. In other versions, players must pick up the sticks by hand. In either case, players must not move any other sticks while attempting to remove the chosen stick; if any other stick moves, his or her turn ends immediately. Players who successfully pick up a stick can then have another turn; the player keeps removing sticks until he or she causes a secondary stick to move.
The game is over when the last stick is removed. The winner is the player with the highest number of sticks picked up.
In some versions of the game, different-coloured sticks are worth different number of points, and the winner is the person with the highest score.
Other games 
- Jenga In this game, short blocks of wood (approximately 2-3 inches x 1/2 inch square) are stacked in a tower. Individual blocks must be removed without causing the tower to fall.