Title:
Darts game set
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A darts game set comprising a target showing letters to learn and having a magnetic board, and a dart having a magnet portion attachable to and detachable from the target. The target is provided with a surface sheet body and a target main body having the magnetic board layered over a reverse side of the surface sheet body. The target is provided with a transparent holding sheet body fixed to a surface side of the target main body to form a sheet holding portion, a learning sheet body showing the letters to learn and removably inserted to the holding portion of the holding sheet body, and a transparent sheet body showing a frame and removably inserted to the sheet holding portion of the holding sheet body, and the learning sheet body is layered to a reverse face side of the transparent sheet body to show the letters to learn in the frame.



Inventors:
Satomi, Yoshiaki (Osaka, JP)
Application Number:
11/203217
Publication Date:
06/22/2006
Filing Date:
08/15/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F41J3/00
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Primary Examiner:
GRAHAM, MARK S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ARMSTRONG, KRATZ, QUINTOS, HANSON & BROOKS, LLP (1725 K STREET, NW, SUITE 1000, WASHINGTON, DC, 20006, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A darts game set comprising a target showing letters to learn, and a dart attachable to and detachable from the target.

2. A darts game set comprising a target showing letters to learn and having a magnetic board or a magnetic sheet, and a dart having a magnet portion attachable to and detachable from the target, wherein the target is provided with a target main body having the magnetic board or the magnetic sheet, a transparent holding sheet body fixed to a surface side of the target main body to form a sheet holding portion, and a learning sheet body showing the letters to learn and removably inserted to the holding portion of the holding sheet body.

3. The darts game set as set forth in claim 2, wherein the target is provided with a transparent sheet body showing a frame and removably inserted to the sheet holding portion of the holding sheet body, and the learning sheet body is layered to a reverse face side of the transparent sheet body to show the letters to learn in the frame.

4. A darts game set comprising a target showing letters to learn and having a magnetic board or a magnetic sheet, and a dart having a magnet portion attachable to and detachable from the target, wherein the target is provided with a target main body having the magnetic board or the magnetic sheet, a transparent protective sheet fixed to an upper peripheral portion of the target main body and forming an insert portion having insertable three sides as a left side, a right side and a lower side, a learning sheet body showing the letters to learn and removably inserted to the insert portion, and a magnetic pressing member attached to the target main body to hold down the learning sheet body to the target main body.

5. A darts game set comprising a target showing letters to learn and having a magnetic sheet, and a dart having a magnet portion attachable to and detachable from the target, wherein the target is provided with a target main body composed of the magnetic sheet, a transparent protective sheet fixed to an upper peripheral portion of the target main body by a connecting portion and forming an insert portion having insertable three sides as a left side, a right side and a lower side, a hanging bar shaped like a hollow rod having a slit in which the upper peripheral portion of the target main body and an upper peripheral portion of the transparent protective sheet are inserted, a learning sheet body showing the letters to learn and removably inserted to the insert portion, and a magnetic pressing member attached to the target main body to hold down the learning sheet body to the target main body, and a thickness of the connecting portion is formed to be larger than a width of the slit so that the connecting portion is hitched to an inner side of the slit of the hanging member.

6. The darts game set as set forth in claim 5, wherein the connecting portion is composed of a binding member shaped like a cylinder.

7. The darts game set as set forth in claim 4 or claim 5, wherein the target main body shows either row of days or names of the days included in a calender, and the magnetic pressing member shows the other row of days or names of the days in which each letter space is identical to each letter space of the row of days or names of the days shown on the target main body, and the magnetic pressing member is composed to be attachable to the target main body to make a day and a name of the day of a month to be corresponded.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention This invention relates to a darts game set.

2. Description of the Related Art

Children generally learn letters (such as alphabets, Chinese characters or numbers) by reading and writing as looking at the tables of the letters (for example, see Japanese provisional patent publication No. 2004-69799).

However these reading and writing practice is usually monotonous and unattractive to children.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a darts game set with which children can learn letters while having fun with playing the games.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a front view showing a first embodiment of the present invention in using state;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view on A-A line of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing a dart;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing a holding sheet body;

FIG. 5 is a front view showing a learning sheet body;

FIG. 6 is a front view showing a transparent sheet body;

FIG. 7 is a front view showing a second embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a sectional side view;

FIG. 9 is a front view showing a learning sheet body;

FIG. 10 is a sectional side view showing a fourth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 11 is a front view showing a fifth embodiment of the present invention in using state;

FIG. 12 is a sectional view on X-X line of FIG.11;

FIG. 13 is an enlarged sectional view of a principal portion;

FIG. 14 is an enlarged sectional view of a principal portion of a sixth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 15 is a front view showing a seventh embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 16 is a front view showing a transparent protective sheet;

FIG. 17 is a front view showing a learning sheet body;

FIG. 18 is a front view showing a transparent protective sheet of an eighth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 19 is a front view showing a learning sheet body; and

FIG. 20 is a front view showing a ninth embodiment of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Preferred embodiments of the present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

FIGS. 1 and 2 show a first embodiment of the present invention. This darts game set is for kindergarten pupils and elementary school students to learn letters, and has a target 2 which shows (by printing, for example) letters (alphabets) 1 and a dart (throwing arrow) 3 which is freely attachable to and detachable from the target 2. The target 2 and the dart 3 are freely attached to and detached from each other through a magnetic force (that is to say, either one of the target or the dart has a magnet, and the other one has a magnet or a ferromagnetic body). The target 2 is put on a vertical wall (not shown), for example by hanging a cord 20 on a nail fixed on the vertical wall, and the dart 3 is thrown to be attached to the target 2 from a position which is apart from the target by a predetermined distance (,and the specific rules of a game is described later).

The target 2 is provided with a target main body 7, shaped as a board, and having a surface sheet body 4 made of resin, a magnetic board 5 layered over a reverse side 4b of the surface sheet body 4, and a reverse sheet body 6, made of resin, layered as to sandwich the magnetic board 5 with the surface sheet body 4. The magnetic board 5 is made of steel, for example. The surface sheet body 4, the magnetic board 5, and the reverse sheet body 6 are united by a peripheral frame 8 made of resin or metal, for example. It is preferred that a surface 4a of the surface sheet body 4 is made to be white so that the target main body 7 has a white-colored board.

As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the throwing arrow 3 has a cylindrical magnet portion 9.

The target 2 is provided with a transparent holding sheet body 11, made of resin, fixed on a surface 7a side of the target main body 7 to form a sheet holding portion 10 (See FIG. 4). The holding sheet body 11 is formed like a rectangular bag of which an end 12 is an opening portion 13, and provided with a slit 14 which is transversely (in a front view) extended to the end 12. A reference number 22 in FIG. 4 shows an attachment portion of the holding sheet body 11 to the target main body 7. The sheet body 11 can be turned up to the arrows X and Y directions, and insertion of a learning sheet body 15(see FIG. 5) or a transparent sheet body 16(see FIG. 6) is easy.

The target 2 is provided with the learning sheet body 15 made of paper or resin (see FIG. 5) which shows letters 1 to learn (for example by printing) and detachably inserted to the sheet holding portion 10 of the holding sheet body 11, and the transparent sheet body 16 made of resin(see FIG. 6) which shows a frame 17 and detachably inserted to the sheet holding portion 10 of the holding sheet body 11.

The learning sheet body 15 is layered to a reverse 16b side of the transparent sheet 16, and the letters 1 to learn are shown in the frame 17.

The transparent sheet 16 has a score indication portion 18. Point magnets 19 are formed to be attachable to and detachable from the score indication portion 18.

A reference number 20 is a cord for hanging up on a vertical wall (not shown). 20a is a cord for hanging up vertically, and 20b is for hanging up transversely. However in FIG. 2, the cord 20 and its attachment construction is not shown.

In FIGS. 7 to 9, a second embodiment of the present invention is shown. In this darts game set, a learning sheet body 15 shows letters(numbers) 1 to learn and a frame 17. A transparent sheet 16 is a sheet without any indication on it. The reference number 21 is a score sheet shaped like a slip. The score sheet 21 is composed of for example, a magnet (such as a rubber magnet or a plastic magnet). The other parts of the second embodiment are constructed same as the first embodiment.

Next, a third embodiment is explained (without Figures). A plurality of color frames are shown on a learning sheet, and each color frame contains a group of related terms. Specifically, a red frame, yellow frame and blue frame are shown on the learning sheet, and in the red frame, names of Asian countries (such as Japan, People's Republic of China, Philippines, India and Thailand) are shown, in the yellow frame, names of the states of the United States of America (such as New York, Washington, California, New Jersey and Iowa) are shown, and in the blue frame, names of European countries (such as France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Poland) are shown. The rest of the third embodiment are constructed same as the first or second embodiment.

In FIG. 10, a fourth embodiment of the present invention is shown. This darts game set has a target 2 including a main body 7 composed of a magnetic sheet 23. For example, the magnetic sheet body 23 consists of a sheet body that is made of a flexible material on which ferromagnetic powder or magnetic powder is spread (such as an iron powder sheet, a rubber magnet or a plastic magnet). The other parts of the fourth embodiment are constructed same as the first, second or third embodiment.

In FIGS. 11 and 12, a fifth embodiment of the present invention is shown. A target 2 is provided with a target main body 7 composed of the magnetic sheet body 23. The target 2 has a transparent protective sheet 30 which is fixed to an upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 by a connecting portion 25 to form an insert portion 29 having insertable three sides as a left side 26, right side 27 and lower side 28 (from which a learning sheet body 15 described later or a magnetic pressing member 33 is inserted). The three sides are formed to be opened.

The target 2 is provided with a hanging bar 32 made of metal or resin and shaped like a hollow rod having a slit 31 for insertion of the upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 and an upper peripheral portion 30b of the transparent protective sheet 30.

The target 2 is provided with a learning sheet body 15, made of paper or resin, showing letters 1 to learn and removably inserted to the insert portion 29, and three magnetic pressing members 33 shaped like slips attached to the target main body 7, two on an upper side and one on a lower side, to hold the learning sheet body 15 on the target main body 7 (to press down the learning sheet body 15 so as not to slip down or fall off). Each magnetic pressing member 33 is composed of a magnet, for example(such as a rubber magnet or a plastic magnet). The magnetic pressing members 33 attached on the upper side show score indication portions 18 (, that is to say, the magnetic pressing members 33 attached on the upper side can also be score sheets 21. ) As shown in FIG. 13, the upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 and the upper peripheral portion 30b of the transparent protective sheet 30 are bound by a binding member 24 as the connecting portion 25. A thickness T of the connecting portion 25 is formed to be larger than a width W of a slit 31, thus the connecting portion 25 is hitched from inside to the slit 31 of the hanging member 32.

Referring beck to the FIGS. 11 and 12, the target main body 7 shows (for example, by printing) a row of days D included in a calender C. The magnetic pressing member 33 on the lower side of the target main body 7 shows a row of names of the days (days of a week) A in which each letter is spaced from each other to have a letter space h which is identical to a letter space h of the row of days D on the target main body 7. And the magnetic pressing member 33 is composed to be attachable to the target main body 7 to match a day D0 and name of the day A0 for each month.

FIG. 14 shows a sixth embodiment, an upper peripheral portion 7b of a target main body 7 and an upper peripheral portion 30b of a transparent protective sheet 30 are joined by a sewing thread 34a as a connecting portion 25. The other parts of the sixth embodiment is same as the fifth embodiment.

A seventh embodiment of the present invention is shown in FIGS. 15 to 17. A transparent protective sheet 30 shows a frame 17. A learning sheet body 15 is layered to a reverse 30a side of the protective sheet 30(see FIG. 12) and letters 1 to learn are shown in the frame 17.

The transparent protective sheet 30 shows a score indication portion 18. A magnetic pressing member 33 is formed by a transparent material. The rest of the seventh embodiment are constructed same as the fifth or sixth embodiment.

FIGS. 18 and 19 show an eighth embodiment of the present invention. A learning sheet body 15 shows letters 1 to learn, a frame 17 and a score indication portion 18, and a transparent protective sheet 30 has nothing shown on it and is completely transparent. The other parts of the eighth embodiment are constructed same as the fifth or sixth embodiment.

In FIG. 20, a ninth embodiment is shown. A cord 20 is provided to put through an upper peripheral portion 7b of a target main body 7 and an upper peripheral portion 30b of a transparent protective sheet 30. The rest of the ninth embodiment are constructed same as the sixth, seventh or eighth embodiment.

Next, rules to play a game with the first embodiment is explained.

In this game, words such as “cat, hat, apple, bag, house, egg” are to be learned. Each of the participants is given two pieces of darts 3, and each person throws two times in turn to attach the darts 3 to (aim at ) the target 2.

When the two thrown darts 3 are attached to two letters included in a single word of the words shown above, the participant can get a point. For example, a first thrown dart 3 is attached to a letter “c”, a second thrown dart 3 is attached to “r”, and the player could collect two letters included in a word of “car”, then the player gets a point. After a predetermined times of throws for each participant (2 throws×9 rounds, for example), a participant who can get the highest points will be a winner.

The participants can learn and memorize the alphabets as an effect of learning.

The rules to play a game with the second embodiment is explained.

A participant can get a point by aiming at two sets of multiplication patterns of which answers are same. Specifically, when a first thrown dart 3 is attached to “1×1”, second throw should also be attached to a frame of “1×1” to get a point. In other case, when a first thrown dart 3 is attached to “3×4”, a second thrown dart 3 should be attached to either one of a frame of “3×4”, “4×3”, “2×6” or “6×2” to get a point.

The participants can learn and memorize the multiplication table as an effect of learning.

Now the rules to play a game with the third embodiment is explained.

When a first and second thrown darts 3 are attached to a same color frame, a participant can get a point. When a dart 3 is attached to “Japan”, second thrown dart 3 should also be attached to one of Asian countries such as People's Republic of China, Philippines, India or Thailand to get a point.

The rules to play a game with the fourth embodiment is same as that of the second embodiment. The rules to play games with the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth embodiments are same as that of the first embodiment.

In the present invention, the “letters” include the alphabets, numbers, Chinese characters, graphics, drawings and pictures.

The present invention can be modified further, and the indication pattern of letters 1 or a score indication portion 18 can be varied. The play rules can also be set freely. When the magnetic sheet body 23 is composed of a magnet (such as a rubber magnet or a plastic magnet), the score sheet 21 or the magnetic pressing member 33 can be composed of a ferromagnetic body such as an iron powder sheet. The magnetic board 5 can be composed of a magnet. In this case, each of the score sheet 21 and the magnetic pressing member 33 can be composed of a ferromagnetic body.

The first, second, third and fourth embodiments can be modified as described below.

The slit 14 of the holding sheet body 11 can be omitted. And the learning sheet body 15 can be formed to be slightly smaller than the holding sheet body 11 and provided with a score indication portion 18. In this case, the transparent sheet body 16 can be omitted. Furthermore, the reverse sheet body 6 of the target main body 7 can be omitted.

The fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth embodiments can be modified as described below.

The upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 and the upper peripheral portion 30b of the transparent protective sheet 30 can be fixed by adhesion, or providing a concave portion and a convex portion. That is to say, construction of the connecting portion 25 can be of any type. The magnetic pressing member 33 can be adhered and joined to the transparent protective sheet 30. Thereby, a learning sheet body 15 can be held easily and the pressing member 33 are prevented from losing. The number of the magnetic pressing member 33 provided can be two, or more than four. The more the pressing member 33 are provided, the more surely the learning sheet body 15 is held. And, when the pressing member 33 shows the score indication portion 18, it is free to increase the number of the pressing members depending on the number of participants of the game. The magnetic pressing member 3 can be attached only on the upper side, or only on the lower side. The magnetic pressing member 33 can be placed between the target main body 7 and the transparent protective sheet 30.

The target main body 7 is formed to show the score indication portion 18, in this case, the learning sheet body 15 is formed to be a size which does not overlap the score indication portion 18 when inserted. The target main body 7 can show names of the days A included in the calender C, and the magnetic pressing member 33 can show the row of days D.

The magnetic sheet 23 in the ninth embodiment can be replaced with the magnetic board 5.

As described above, the present invention is provided with a target 2 showing letters 1 to learn, and darts 3 attachable to and detachable from the target 2, therefore children can learn letters while playing game and having fun. For the children in kindergartens and elementary schools, great effects in learning of letters can be expected.

The darts game set is provided with the target 2 showing the letters 1 to learn and having the magnetic board 5 or the magnetic sheet 23, and the dart 3 having the magnet portion 9 attachable to and detachable from the target 2, and the target 2 is provided with the target main body 7 having the magnetic board 5 or the magnetic sheet 23, the transparent holding sheet body 11 fixed to the surface 7a of the target main body 7 to form the sheet holding portion 10, and the learning sheet body 15 removably inserted to the holding portion 10 of the holding sheet portion 11, thereby the letters can be learned while playing game and having fun. For the children in kindergartens and elementary schools, great effects in learning of letters can be expected. The learning sheet body 15 can be exchanged to various types of learning sheets as occasion arises, and various letters can be learned. It is also possible to arrange the set suitable for users of any age groups. The darts game set of the present invention is economical since the target main body 7 is not required to be changed. When not playing the game described above, a poster, a picture, a collage of a magazine, a brochure, or a prize list can be inserted into the sheet holding portion 10 and enjoyed as a part of room decorations, or enjoyed as a target.

As the target 2 is provided with the transparent sheet body 16 which shows frame 17 and removably inserted to the sheet holding portion 10 of the holding sheet body 11, and the learning sheet body 15 is layered under the reverse face 16b of the transparent sheet body 16 to show the letters 1 to learn in the frame 17, a learning sheet body 15 and a frame 17 suitable for the age of users can be selected, therefore users of wide range of age groups can obtain knowledge through playing game. Since the learning sheet body 15 does not need to indicate the frame 17, the producing cost can be saved.

As the darts game set is provided with the target 2 showing the letters 1 to learn and having the magnetic board 5 or the magnetic sheet 23, and the dart 3 having the magnet portion 9 attachable to and detachable from the target 2, and the target 2 is provided with the target main body 7 composed of the magnetic board 5 or the magnetic sheet 23, the transparent protective sheet 30 fixed to the upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 and forming the insert portion 29 having insertable three sides as the left side 26, right side 27 and the lower side 28, the learning sheet body 15 showing the letters 1 to learn and removably inserted to the insert portion 29, and the magnetic pressing portion 33 attached to the target main body 7 and holding down the learning sheet body 15 to the target main body 7, the letters can be learned through playing games while having fun. Especially, great effects on the children of the age of kindergarten pupils and elementary school students are expected. By changing the learning sheet body 15 at times and more letters can be learned. Furthermore, learning through playing games depending on the age of the users can also be done. The learning sheet body 15 can be easily removed or inserted, and replaced with another one easily. And cost can be saved since the target main body 7 is not necessary to be exchanged. As the target main body 7 is composed of the magnetic sheet body 23, it is flexible as a whole and can be fold into half, or rolled to be compact to store in a small space. And, when not playing the games described above, a poster, a picture, a collage of a magazine, a brochure, or a prize list can be inserted into the sheet holding portion 10 and enjoyed as a part of room decorations, or enjoyed as a target.

As the darts game set has the target 2 showing letters 1 to learn and having the magnetic sheet 23, the dart 3 having the magnet portion 9 attachable to and detachable from the target 2, and the target 2 has the target main body 7 composed of the magnetic sheet 23, the transparent protective sheet 30 fixed at the upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 and forming the insert portion 29 having three insertable sides as the left side 26, right side 27 and the lower side 28, the hanging bar 32 shaped like a hollow rod having the slit 31 in which the upper peripheral portion 7b of the target main body 7 and the upper peripheral portion 30b of the transparent protective sheet 30 are inserted, the learning sheet body 15 showing the letters 1 to learn and removably inserted to the insert portion 29, and the magnetic pressing portion 33 attached to the target main body 7 and holding down the learning sheet body 15 to the target main body 7, and the thickness T of the connecting portion 25 is provided to be larger than the width W of the slit 31 and the connecting portion 25 is hitched from inside to the slit 31 of the hanging member 32, thereby the letters can be learned while playing game and having fun. For children in kindergartens and elementary schools, great effects in learning of letters can be expected. The learning sheet body 15 can be exchanged to various types of learning sheets as occasion arises, and various letters can be learned. By exchanging the learning sheet body 15 at times, various types of letters can be learned. It is also possible to arrange the set suitable for users of any age groups. The learning sheet body 15 can be easily removed and inserted, and replaced with another one easily. And cost can be saved since the target main body 7 is not necessary to be changed. The hanging bar 32 shaped like a hollow rod holds the target main body 7 and the transparent protective sheet 30 spread, and the outside appearance as a whole is good. As the target main body 7 is composed of the magnetic sheet body 23, it is flexible as a whole (including the target main body 7 and the transparent protective sheet 30) and can be fold into half, or rolled to be compact to store in a small space. And, when not playing the games described above, a poster, a picture, a collage of a magazine, a brochure, or a prize list can be inserted into the insert portion 29 and enjoyed as a part of room decorations, or enjoyed as a target.

As the connecting portion 25 is composed of the binding member 24, the target main body 7 and the transparent protective sheet 30 are bound, and productions as a whole is simplified.

As the target main body 7 shows either row of days D or names of the days (days of a week) A included in a calender C, and the magnetic pressing member 33 shows the other row of days D or names of the days A in which each letter space is identical to each letter space h of the row of days D or names of the days A on the target main body 7, and magnetic pressing member 33 is attachable to the target main body 7 to make a day D0 of a month and name of the day A0 to be corresponded, calender C of each month can be shown and convenient. A calender of each month can be shown in a minimum space.

While preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described in this specification, it is to be understood that the invention is illustrative and not restrictive, because various changes are possible within the spirit and indispensable features.