The winks are small, plastic discs which come in four different colors: red, blue, green and yellow. There are six of each color, with two winks of each color being smaller than the others. The squidger is a larger disc used to propel the winks into the pot. The pot sits in the middle of the mat to receive the squidged winks. The mat is essentially the game board. It is traditionally 6 feet by 3 feet.
Place your mat on a smooth, flat surface. Draw a line at each end to indicate the baselines and boundaries of the playing field. If you are playing with four players, choose partners and sit diagonally across the board from your opponents. Red and blue usually play against green and yellow. If you have two players, divide the winks equally, according to color.
To see who goes first, one player from each team sees who can get their wink closest to the pot. This is done by pressing down on the wink with the squidger and propelling it forward. Decide if you will play with a time limit, or until all of one team's winks have been squidged into the pot. There are many variations to the rules of the game, so have fun making up some of your own.