Posts Tagged ‘chess’

Mathematical Games To Play Offline

November 27th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Madras College:
Mathematical Games

This website offers instructions on how to play a variety of math games using materials you probably have around the house. The games are challenging and fun. They require strategizing and critical thinking, while exercising math skills. They include:

  • Board and Counter Games – You’ll find ideas for using game board grids, chess pieces, game markers or counters and other materials to play games that teach and reinforce math skills without seeming like math — which is great for the mathphobics in the house.
  • Card Games — Print out free card templates to play a game of SET!
  • Coin Games – Use coins to learn about chance and probability.
  • Domino Games — Find an ingenious use of a chess board and a set of dominoes to play the game, “Domineering.”
  • Paper & Pencil Games — A variety of math games you can play with nothing more than a paper and pencil. Great for traveling in the car — or when waiting in line or at the dentist’s office. :)
  • Paper & Scissor Game — This one requires strategy and manual dexterity.

In addition to the games listed, you will find links to other webpages containing math games your students may enjoy.

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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