In the past, ice cream sticks made convenient toys for children. Rather than discarding the sticks after enjoying the delicious ice cream, they reused them as tokens to compete with each other.
These competition ice cream sticks were usually decorated by their owners with marker pens before a match. The game play is based on the traditional ‘Kuti Kuti’ game where players take turns to try to flip their tokens on top of their opponent’s. The winner gets to keep the opponent’s token.
Besides the flipping competition, ice cream sticks were also used to make boomerangs and shurikens that ‘explode’ on impact.