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Make and play Yut Nori

First suggested by 25th World Scout Jamboree United Kingdom Contingent
Learn about a traditional Korean game, make the board and have a go at playing it with your friends.

You will need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • One sheet of A4 paper per group of four
  • Eight lollipop sticks per group, four per team
  • Eight tokens per group, four per team

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here.  Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.

Make the game

  1. Have a chat with everyone about what Yut Nori is and when it is played in Korea.
  1. Explain to everyone that they will make a board in groups of four, and then split into two teams per group to play the game.
  2. Divide everyone into their groups.
  3. Make sure the A4 size piece of paper is landscape. This is going to be the board.
  4. On one side, draw a 2p sized circle in each of the corners and one in the middle of the paper. Colour all these circles in the same colour.
  5. Write the word ‘START’ above the bottom right circle.
  6. Draw four smaller circles equally spaced along each edge of the paper, and colour these circles in a different colour to the larger circles. The four circles should join up the outer corner circles.
  7. Draw a further two circles in the gaps diagonally from each corner circle to the centre circle. Colour these in to match the other small circles. You should now have 5 larger circles and 24 smaller circles in total.
  8. Draw a short line between each of your circles on the board.
  9. Add to the lines nearest the corner circles to turn them into arrows pointing clockwise around the board.
  10. Add to the lines going diagonally to turn them into arrows going downwards, so they are pointing towards the bottom of the paper.
  11. Now to make the ‘Yut’ sticks. Draw three of the same shape on only one side of each of the lollipop sticks, for example three triangles or three circles. Leave one side of the lollipop stick blank.
  12. Now you’re ready to play the game.

Play the game

  1. Each group should split into two teams and collect their playing tokens.
  2. The aim of the game is to get one of your tokens back to the START before the other player.
  3. Decide who is going to go first – you could do this by playing ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’, or you could pick the youngest player to start.
  4. The first player throws the four ‘Yut’ sticks upwards so that they land on the board.
  5. For each stick that lands with plain side facing up, the player can move one space.
  6. If all four sticks land plain side up, they move four spaces and get another go.
  7. If between one and three sticks land decorated side up, they don’t move. If four sticks land decorated side up, the player moves five spaces and gets another go.
  8. You can only move in the direction the arrows are pointing.
  9. If at any point one player's token lands on a spot already occupied by the other player, the player already on the board goes back to START.
  10. The game ends when one person gets their token back to the start position.


This activity needed you to work as a team and have respect for other people while playing the game. How did you all work together to create the game board? Did you all take turns in the drawing and colouring, or did everyone have a specific job to do? Think about whether someone was in charge of drawing the circles or colouring them in.

You all had to work together when playing the game, but you also had to respect the other people if they did better in the game than yourself. How did you congratulate the other person or team for getting back to the start before you? How did it make you feel? Think about if the person was happy to win or if you felt sad for not getting back first. Did you all support each other and congratulate each other at the end?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.