how to assemble hungry hungry hippos

Assembling the “Hungry Hungry Hippos” game is a straightforward process. Here are the steps to put it together:

Materials Needed:

  • “Hungry Hungry Hippos” game components, including the game board, four plastic hippos, four levers, and the marbles.


  1. Prepare the Game Board: Lay out the game board on a flat, stable surface. The game board is usually a colorful, circular board with a hole in the center.
  2. Attach the Hippos: Each player has a plastic hippo character. Snap the hippos onto their respective starting positions on the game board. Each hippo has a designated spot with a matching color. Ensure the hippos are securely attached, but don’t press too hard to avoid damaging them.
  3. Insert the Marbles: The game comes with small plastic marbles, which represent the “food” that the hippos will try to eat. Place all the marbles into the center of the game board through the hole in the middle.
  4. Attach the Levers: The game also includes levers that control the hippos’ mouth movements. Each player should attach their lever to their hippo. These levers are typically designed to slide onto the hippo’s back and can easily be snapped into place.
  5. Game Setup Complete: Once you’ve attached the hippos and levers and inserted the marbles, the game is ready for play. The objective of “Hungry Hungry Hippos” is to use the levers to make your hippo eat as many marbles as possible.
  6. Gameplay: To play the game, each player repeatedly presses their lever to make their hippo’s mouth open and close, attempting to capture marbles. The player who collects the most marbles wins the game.
  7. Cleanup: After playing, remove the marbles from the game board, detach the hippos and levers from the game board, and store all components in the game box for safekeeping.

That’s it! You’ve successfully assembled the “Hungry Hungry Hippos” game, and you’re ready to enjoy a fun and fast-paced round of hippo feeding frenzy.

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