About a month ago I had played the game Swish for the first time (although I heard about it almost a year ago) and became an instant fan.  I had since played it a number of times with just Katie, with kids at the Golden Key Russian School, and today with Katie and Varya.  The rules of the game are very simple and it can be played on many different levels.  The game consists of a deck of transparent cards, each of which contains a “ball” and a “hoop”, which may be one of four colors.  The goal is to find a collection of cards so that when they are stacked together every ball lands into exactly one hoop of the same color.  In fact, the goal is to find many of these, because at the end the person who has collected the most cards wins.  Here is Katie’s first three-card swish ever that she found today:


In some ways, this game reminds me of SET, another favorite of mine.  However, Swish is much more visual and also allows for more levels of play.  Beginners can look for stacks of just size 2 (which can already be a fun challenge for little kids because they have to realize that the cards can be rotated and flipped) whereas more sophisticated players can try to find larger sized stacks.

The girls had a lot of fun playing it today.

ImageThe game also comes in a Junior version where the “balls” are replaced by a variety of shapes of a larger size and the hoops are adjusted accordingly.  The concept is the same, but the bigger shapes probably make the visualization a bit easier for younger kids.

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I enjoy thinking about presenting mathematical concepts to young children in exciting and engaging ways.
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