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Sink N’ Sand Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Sink N’ Sand Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Objective of Sink N’ Sand

The objective of Sink N’ Sand is to be the last player standing at the end of the game.


  • Attach the legs to the dark green base.
  • Place the light green piece on top of the legs.
  • Insert all of the sticks into the light green piece. You should place the sticks randomly as they don’t need to be placed in a specific way.
  • Place the sand above the sticks. Hide the Redemption Ruby inside the sand. Pack it down so the surface is even across the whole area.
  • Push the molding tray on top of the sand to imprint gems. Then set the molding tray aside.
Setting up the sand
  • Each player chooses a character.
  • The youngest player takes the die first. They will roll the die and place their character on a space that matches the gem that they rolled. The player to their left then rolls the die and places their character. This continues until all of the characters are placed. Two characters cannot be placed on the same space.
Setup die roll to determine position
The first player rolled the yellow gemstone on the die. They will place their character on a corresponding space at the top of the board.
Placing a character during setup
The green player chose one of the spaces in the sand that matched the symbol they rolled.

Playing Sink N’ Sand

To begin each of your turns you will roll the die. The color you roll on the die determines which color stick you will remove on your turn. Choose a stick that matches the color and pull it out.

Rolling the die in Sink N' Sand
The current player rolled the green gemstone on the die. They will choose one of the green sticks to remove from the board.
Removing a stick from the gameboard
After rolling the green gemstone on the die, the player chose one of the green sticks and removed it from the gameboard.

If you roll a color and no sticks remain of that color, roll the die again. Keep doing this until you roll a color that still has sticks remaining.

Should you roll the side that features multiple colors, you choose which color stick to remove.

Multicolor symbol on the die
This player rolled the multi-color symbol on the die. They can choose any color stick to remove from the board.

When you roll the Reverse symbol, turn order reverses. To start the game play passes left. After the order is reversed, play will move right and so on.

Reverse symbol in Sink N' Sand
The current player has rolled the Reverse symbol. Turn order will move in the opposite direction.

After you have taken a stick or rolled a Reverse symbol, your turn ends. Play passes to the next player in turn order.

End of Game

Players will keep taking turns in Sink N’ Sand. You will roll the die and take a corresponding colored stick.

Should a player’s character fall through the quicksand, they are eliminated from the game.

A player getting eliminated in Sink N' Sand
The orange player has fallen from the top of the gameboard. They have been eliminated from the game.

The only way to get back into the game is to collect the Redemption Ruby. Eventually a player will pull out a stick that reveals the Redemption Ruby. Once it is visible, you should try to pick it up as quickly as possible. Whichever player grabs it can use it to get back in the game when they are eliminated. You will pick up your character and place it onto one of the spaces that remain. You can only use the Redemption Ruby once each game.

Picking up the Redemption Ruby
The Redemption Ruby is visible on the bottom of the board. The player that grabs it can use it to get back into the game should they be eliminated.

The game continues until only one player remains. The last remaining player wins the game.

Winning Sink N' Sand
The green player is the only player remaining that hasn’t fallen to the bottom of the board. The green player has won the game.

To store the game place all of the sand, characters, die and Redemption Ruby into the base. Place the molding tray on top to close the storage tray. Disassemble the rest of the structure and place it into the box.

Sink N’ Sand FAQs

If you have any questions about how to play Sink N’ Sand, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for Sink N' Sand


  • Jungle Top
  • Jungle Base
  • 4 Legs
  • 20 Sticks
  • Molding Tray
  • 4 Characters
  • Redemption Ruby
  • Die
  • Bag of Kinetic Sand
  • Instructions

Year: 2022 | Publisher: Spin Master Ltd

Genres: Action, Children’s, Dice

Ages: 4+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 15-20 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: High

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Saturday 27th of January 2024

Can a player that is already out of the game still pick up the ruby once it's exposed?

Eric Mortensen

Monday 29th of January 2024

The rules don't specifically address your question. They talk about getting eliminated from the game and then go straight into the ruby and getting back into the game. The rules don't specifically say that eliminated players can pick up the ruby, but based on how the rules are structured I would say that it is implied that you can grab it if you are eliminated. I am guessing it was intended that eliminated players could get back into the game by grabbing the ruby. I think this would make the game more interesting and fun since it will be more frantic race for the players to grab the ruby. Otherwise in many games the ruby wouldn't even come into play since a player that was still in the game would always get it and likely wouldn't even need to use it.


Monday 4th of December 2023

Any house rules on guys who get hung up on the edge? Are they out? They are invincible otherwise.

Eric Mortensen

Monday 4th of December 2023

As far as I am aware there is no house rules for this scenario. I have to believe it would be extremely rare for this to happen.

I would say to handle it however all of the players agree to handle it. With how unlikely it is to happen I would personally let the person hang there. This is such a random outcome to the game that I wouldn't want to ruin it by disqualifying the player.

If the players think the person should be eliminated though, I see no reason why you couldn't eliminate them.