I used this for spelling words (regular spelling words on strips of orange paper, and the "Kaboom" sticks on red strips of paper. Students took turns pulling strips out of the container (recycled Pringles containers!) and they had to read and spell the words to one another. If "Kaboom" was pulled, the player had to put all of their word strips back in.
This could be adapted for many other skill areas and is an easy game to make!