Plinko Game Construction

Posted: November 16, 2012 in Kid's Church Games
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I had always loved the Plinko game on the Price is Right gameshow.

This youtube clip shows a video of the Plinko game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNd8JaAXHic

We decided to build one for a game in our Kid’s church.  I google (or bing) searched and found a few people that had built some awesome ones.  Some were way to complicated for me.  I did get a great idea from one post.  And it was to use pegboard.  I bought a sheet of pegboard from Home Depot.  I got a 2′ X 4′ board.  So that’s how big my Plinko board turned out to be.  I started with the board and had to decide what to use as the pegs.  I ended up using bolts.  Mostly because I had a stack of them that seemed to be the perfect size.  Figuring out the spacing will kind of depend on the “puck” size you are going to use.  The good thing about the pegboard is that you can put your posts (bolts) in and move the puck around and make sure it fits everywhere correctly.

For pucks, we found an interesting solution.  At Home Depot (yes I go there all the time), I found some reflectors on clearance.  These would be the ones that you put on your mailbox if you live in the country to keep people from hitting it.  I think a pair of reflectors were $1.80 or so.  We bought 3 sets.  I popped the blue reflectors out of the holders.  Each reflector had a “peel and stick” backing.  So I removed the paper on each one and stuck two together.  This made it reflective on both sides and slick on both sides.  It worked perfect.  It moved quick and had a nice “pop” when it hit the bolts.  But it also wasn’t too heavy as to bend/break the bolts.

I added a few things to the board to complete it.  To keep the puck in play, I added teeth shaped boards on each side.  To cut these I simply put the board over the edges, and marked the holes (where bolts would go on the edges).  Then draw lines between the points and cut them out with a jig saw.

We added a sign at the top.  This was a yellow oval sign from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202256499/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=yellow+oval+sign&storeId=10051

We cut it in half and my wife added the Plinko text.

At the top of the gameboard, make sure you leave enough space for the kids to drop in the pucks.  At the bottom, make sure to leave enough space for the landing.  We could typically hold three pucks at the bottom in one landing point.  We added a piece of wood at the bottom that would hold the pucks in place.  Then the wood “swiveled” out of the way to let the pucks drop after the turn.  During the first few test runs, I noticed the puck would randomly fly off of the gameboard.  To solve this I added a piece of plexiglass to the front of the gameboard.  I had some left from a previous project.  It was actually part of an old drum shield our church used when we were meeting in the schools.

We just sit the game on a picture/art stand.  In the future, if we use it again, I’ll probably add some 2X4’s for a stand.  I like them being totally independant.  Where they stand on their own.

If anyone reading this (if anyone does) and makes their own Kid’s church games, I would love to see some pictures.  I’m always looking for new ideas.

UPDATE:  I was at Home Depot today (when am I not there) and I noticed the reflectors have came down again.  The blue ones are now $.63 per pair…  They make awesome pucks.

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Comments
  1. K Cobb says:

    Fantastic directions! My son is so excited for us to make this for his class booth!! Thank you for posting 🙂

  2. bethany says:

    thank you@ looking forward to making this for my daughter’s carnival bday party.

  3. Chris says:

    Hi! Me and some other people want to build this plinko board for a library carnival. Would you happen to have more descriptive instructions and a material list? Thank you!

    • drowland says:

      sorry about all I have is what I published. I started taking better pictures and writing down instructions on later games..

    • drowland says:

      I was thinking about. At a minimum, you’ll need a 4′ by 8′ sheet of pegboard. I bought the bolts from Home Depot. They are 1/4″ – 20 X 1 inch. I just bought a package of 50. I think I ended up needing 54 or so, but I had a few laying around (I have a lot of stuff laying around). But anyway, these bolts seemed to fit a little loose. You might try a slightly larger one for a more snug fit. Then I just used spare wood for the sides and braces for the back.

      On the first one I built (the one pictured here), I had a 4′ by 8′ sheet of clear plexi class. I put that over the front. On the second one, I didn’t have any plexiglass, my wife said the pucks kept coming out of the front of the game.

  4. Susan says:

    I came across your site when googling instructions for how to make a Plinko board. Thank you for being so detailed! You have made it so easy to make something like this (perfect call with the reflectors). I’m making a “Get to know our department” game for an open house event at work and at the bottom I’m putting each department member’s photos. If the Plinko chip falls in one of our photos, you win that person’s favorite candy.

  5. Mary Kay says:

    Thank you for posting! Your directions were very easy to understand, and we can’t wait to feature Plinko at our church fair. FYI, we found plastic drink coasters at the dollar store to use for pucks before we found your post.

  6. Mike says:

    Thank you for posting these great directions. I’ve got some unique games I built for a Rodeo Fest at a Cowboy church. I downloaded the photos but can’t find a way to post them on here. Feel free to contact me and I’ll send them your way.
    Mike

  7. Mike says:

    I emailed the pics, no credit necessary 🙂

  8. D.C. says:

    What size bolts do you use on the pegboard?

    • drowland says:

      I used 1/4 inch -20 x 1 inch. This was on the second one I built. They felt a little loose. I might go with a hair larger bolt if I built it again.

  9. kyle says:

    How did you figure out your spacing for the bolts on the peg board?

    • drowland says:

      Really by trial and error. I knew what size the puck was so I just out bolts in one pattern and move the puck around with my hand to make sure it fit. Of course you want an odd number of holes between the bolts side to side. The bolts on the next row will need to be in the middle.

  10. Mike says:

    I just posted your instructions to a FB group and thought I might invite you to a few of the groups I enjoy.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/childrenspastors/?fref=nf

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/168690393204553/

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1524477117842969/

  11. WA Angel says:

    I see the bolt head is out toward the front, how do you make them stay in place? (sorry, a girl here and need to get one make by next week-end)

    • drowland says:

      Yes the head of the bolt is in front. The bolts stay in place simply by screwing into the pegboard. It is kinda difficult finding the perfect size of bolt. I used 1/4 inch -20 x 1 inch bolts. To be honest I probably could have went a little larger to make it a tighter fit. Of course you could use two sheets of pegboard (stacked on top of each other). This would give you more material to screw the bolt into. You could always put a nut on front and back of the bolt (in front of and behind the pegboard). I just didn’t want anything (like the nut) to impede the movement of the puck.

  12. Amazing. I wanted to make one for our Guiding Bazaar.. Now I am going to. You’r directions and easy to follow and it seems simple enough that I can do it!

    Thank you from Alberta Canada!

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