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Published January 18th 2015
Unique & addictive game
I have never considered myself a fan of log tossing. Perhaps because I do not hail from the northern hemisphere, nor am I blessed with Herculean-type upper body strength. Plus it's not a sport that we, in Australia, are exposed to very often. So it came as a big surprise to find that I did enjoy a spot of log-tossing when I was introduced to Finska.
Finska is a log-tossing game from Finland. It can be played at the park, at the beach or in your own backyard.
Fun Finska Fact #1 - Finska is very popular in Europe, so much so that there are even World Championships played annually
The aim of the game is to get to exactly 50 points, without going over. Every game is different and requires both skill and strategy in order to win. It can be played either individually or in teams and is recommended for ages 7 and up.
In this age of mass produced plastic toys & screen-based games for kids, Finska is old school - getting everyone outside, with some pieces of wood and using their brains to keep the score. It is unique and I must confess a little addictive. Fun Finska Fact #2 -You don't need electricity or batteries to play Finska, all you need is an outdoor area
The pins that were knocked over are placed upright where they lie. This means that the pins spread out as the game continues.
A player or team that scores zero on three consecutive turns is disqualified from the match.
If a player or team score exceeds 50, their total score drops to 25 points.
The game continues until someone scores 50 points exactly. Fun Finska Fact #3 - Finska develops numeracy skills without the kids even realising
It sounds simple enough but depending on the surface you are playing on the throwing log can be highly unpredictable. It can either hit the pins directly, stop dead without hitting a thing or bounce erratically and jump over the pins altogether. As a result the game can be extremely frustrating, hilarious or exhilarating. But rest assured it is always entertaining.
We have played with people aged from 8 years all the way through to adults in their seventies. So why not join the Finska bandwagon and see if you've got what it takes to make it to the world championships? Perhaps I'll even see you there..