TRAPPING 'EM ALIVE calls for just the right co-ordination of eye and hand if you would score high in this game. It is played with a hinged trap that is dropped on a slanting board as 10 marbles race down.
Build the frames of wood, attach a handle and insert partitions to act as traps in the upper member, and glue or tack a cardboard base to the bottom of the lower, as shown in the drawing; then hinge the two at one end. A short leg at the hinged epd will give the board the right tilt to let the marbles roll down.
The player raises the trap section quickly to start the marbles, and drops it to catch them as they reach the scoring section. Each player gets three tries. His score is the number of marbles multiplied by the numeral on the trap in which they stop. Highest score wins.
One player sets up the tanks; the other tries to knock them out with the fewest shots. Marbles returning to the shooting strip may be shot again.
ACCURATE SHOOTING is required to knock out enemy tanks in this tank-destroyer game. A cardboard base glued to a wood frame and sloped upward toward the target forms the playing board on which the pentagonal target area is painted. Two deflecting strips are glued in place as shown.
The shooting strip, made of flexible wood and provided with pockets, is glued into a notched dowel or checker, which is then nailed through the cardboard to a cross-piece. It is operated by flipping either end while a marble is held in a pocket.
TABLE HOCKEY gives you a chance to drive the puck into your opponent's goal and to defend your own against his attack. It is filled with action and thrills.
The board is built as shown with a heavy cardboard base and wood frame. Heavy cardboard goals at the ends are removable so the puck-a steel bearing ball-can be retrieved.
Alternative "hockey players" are shown in the photo and drawing. One is a simple block, drilled through lengthwise to swing on a pivot in the board, and counter-bored at.the top to take a dowel twirler.
For those adept at carving or who have a jigsaw available, a more elaborate "player" is detailed. Drill the pivot hole and counterbore for the twirler before cutting out the figure. A large wooden bead may be used for the head if desired. Regardless of whether the carved player or the block is made, two will of course be needed.
Pivots for the players can be made from short lengths of coat-hanger wire driven tightly into holes drilled in blocks that are glued to the underside of the board.
The puck is put into play by one player and kept moving until one scores or it comes to rest beyond reach, in which case the player in whose section it rests puts it into play. When a goal is made, the player scored against starts the next play. Should a player knock the ball into his own goal, he loses the point.