Jacquelin's brainstorm becomes a great game
A nine-year-old girl's idea for a game using socks and playing cards has turned her into an entrepreneur.
It's taken more than a year to turn Jacquelin Kirton's concept for Sock & Toss into a reality.
The Mt Wellington girl was on her way home from a friend's house in the car with her dad when she had a "brainwave".
"We had been making hackysacks at school out of balloons filled with rice and we had so much fun making them. I asked my dad if we could make up a game that uses hackysacks. That's where it all started.
"I think it's going to be a big success. It's very good and it's fun to play. It's easy too, that's why we've made it for kids 6 and older."
Sock & Toss is a game of chance and strategy.
The aim is to outwit your opponents and create your own bean bag before everyone else by flipping a disc which dictates what actions or moves you have to make.
Jacquelin's dad Quentin creates board games as a hobby and produced his first one more than a decade ago, inspired by the family's homeland South Africa.
The Kirton family worked together on Sock & Toss.
Jacquelin was involved in all the decision making, design, rules and the final product, her sister Cleo's artwork was used on the cards and mum Annelie sells the game at the Pakuranga night markets.
Jacquelin's St Thomas's School friends tried out the game at a sleepover so she could refine the rules and strategies.
"It's fun to sit at the table and to enjoy a game and spend quality time with my family. We're quite competitive so it's good to get our energy out that way. I had a lot of fun making the game and my friends liked it too," she says.
Mr Kirton says the kids were a hard sell on the game at first.
"They had no idea, they all wanted to play electronic games and then when they actually sat down at the table to play, they loved it.
"Family is important to us and quality time is easily overlooked. That is why we are so passionate about games that can be enjoyed by the whole family."
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East And Bays Courier