Finger Billiards - Kids can make their own billiards game!

11-14 year olds | one hour

Want to practice your billiard skills but don’t have a billiard table at home? Don’t worry—you can hone your strategy with this easy-to-make finger billiard game.

What You'll Need

  • a cardboard box (like one a dress shirt comes in)
  • checkers or plastic tops
  • felt or green paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • plastic cup
  • masking tape
  • 2 pairs of old nylons, tights or stockings


1. Glue felt or green paper to the bottom inside of the box, to resemble a pool table.
2. Using the bottom of a small plastic cup, trace a circle in each corner of the box.
3. Cut these circles out with scissors.
4. Cut the foot off of two pairs of tights.
5. Turn the box over and glue a foot over each of the hole openings, forming pouches where the pieces can fall.
6. Wrap a wad of masking tape around the finger you will flick the billiard pieces with, this way your finger doesn’t get sore and you can play for longer.
7. Arrange the checkers (ten red, ten black) in the billiard pattern. If you don’t have checkers, use same-sized bottle tops and paint them red and black.
8. Take another checker or bottle cap and paint it a different colour. Place it in the centre of the arrangement, just like in billiards.
9. Play with two players, using the same rules as a traditional game of billiards.

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