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Math Through Clever Games

July 7th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Clever Games for Clever People

List member, Christie in Ontario, recommended today’s website that offers some fascinating games that teach math concepts. She wrote, “I was hunting for good math pattern sites when I stumbled across this one. It is called Clever Games for Clever People. They are easy to play — some involve a chess board and some dominoes. Just the thing my guys like to do!”

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that these games are from the book “On Numbers and Games” by John Conway. Conway wrote the book to show the relationships between logic and numbers — and winning mathematical games. The game instructions are simple to follow with clear illustrations. The materials needed are probably things you already have around the house (mainly dominoes and a chess board) — and there are creative suggestions for substitutes if you don’t happen to have these items. As you play the games you develop strategies for winning and that builds an understanding of numbers and math concepts. There are 16 games in all that include:

  • Stop-Gate
  • Col
  • Snort
  • Coin-strip
  • Moneybags
  • Kayles
  • Rim
  • Rayles
  • Traffic jam
  • Welter’s game
  • All the King’s Horses
  • Digital Deletions
  • Hackenbush
  • Unrestrained Hackenbush
  • Restrained Hackenbush
  • Hotchpotch
  • Technicolor Hackenbush

While the math concepts demonstrated by these games may be challenging for younger players to comprehend — they will enjoy playing the games anyway. Have fun!

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