Thrift Treasure: Giggle Wiggle Game
Fifty cents is all we had to pay for this copy of Giggle Wiggle at the Geekway to the West flea market. I figured it was worth a shot since it even included batteries, which would have cost more than four bits. The motor spun and all the pieces were present – couldn’t ask for much more!
Sadly, when assembled the Giggle Wiggle caterpillar didn’t dance like he was supposed to. You could hear gears grinding and drowning out the music. After disassembling the base, I really couldn’t see what was causing the slippage. So, I put it back together and made slight adjustments to the tightness of the screws. That did the trick! Pictures cannot do the dance justice, so we took a couple seconds to make a TikTok video set to more appropriate music!
@tabletoptalk This game would be even better with this music instead! #games #boardgames #kids #family #funny #fyp #tabletop ♬ Jiggle Jiggle – Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux
Giggle Wiggle is a game for 2-4 players ages 4+. Each person begins the game with a pool of their player-colored marbles in one of the base containers. Once the device is turned on, the caterpillar will dance, wiggle and spin while his arms are extended.
The players’ goal is to be the first to place six marbles in one six-armed column. They must put the marble in the insect’s gloved hand while he’s dancing. While this is difficult enough, when he spins, he also may fling marbles away, forcing the player to chase and retrieve them.
The first player who can place their sixth marble and complete a column, hits the button again to stop the dancing. They are the winner of Giggle Wiggle! This type of game is usually something we don’t purchase since it is for younger players. But we were drawn in by the cheap price and the funny dance. Well worth fifty cents! If you’re not lucky to find one at thrift, you can still get Giggle Wiggle brand new on Amazon at a great discount!
What is your favorite “kids” game?