Trompo is a popular South American game played by children in Venezuela.

Age: All ages

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: A spinning top per player

Time: 5+ minutes

Aim: To knock over the other players' tops.

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Spinning tops have been popular for hundreds of years. The earliest tops probably occurred when a curious child spun an acorn, but they seem to have arrived in many cultures at about the same time. Traditional tops were carved from wood although later tops were turned on a lathe. Modern tops can be made of metal or plastic, and can also include a ball bearing on the tip to enable them to spin longer. All tops, no matter what they are made from, use the gyroscopic effect to remain stable as they spin.

A level, flat area is needed for this game, such as a table top or wooden board.

1. To begin the game, each player spins their top and tries to knock over their opponent's tops.

2. The winner is the player whose top is still spinning at the end.

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