The pieces in a jackstraw set are often thematically related to farmyard tools, such as ladders, rakes, shovels, and hoes. There are typically around 45 pieces in a set and made of wood, plastic, bone, or ivory. In addition to the Jack Sticks themselves, there is typically a helper piece with a hooked end for use in snagging and manipulating pieces. Each piece has a point value, with more challenging pieces being worth more points. Jack sticks varies from pick-up sticks in points and equipment but not in game play. Players try to win points by removing jackstraws – in the shapes of various tools – from the pile, one at a time.