# Tag Archives: games

## Family Regrouping

Two sisters, two parents, two cousins, and four grandparents, all met up at the park (true story).  During the car ride home, one of the sisters (lets call her Katie), exclaimed, “There were ten of us at the park.”  The … Continue reading

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## Giotto, the logic game

The theme of last week’s class was logic.  As one of the main activities, we played the game of Giotto.  It is similar in spirit to Mastermind, but has a nice language component to it (we also played it last … Continue reading

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## The function of 2048

Yesterday Katie caught me playing the recent popular game 2048.  When I confessed to playing a game, she looked at it and asked me whether she could have a turn.  I didn’t see why not – the rules are certainly … Continue reading

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## Inspired by Mastermind

A few months ago we introduced Katie to the game Mastermind, a fun classic that both my husband and I played when we were close to her age.  In this two-person game, one player makes up a “code” consisting of … Continue reading

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## SWISH

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, … Continue reading

## Pentaminoes

Last Sunday at the Golden Key Russian School, we did a fun and engaging activity involving pentaminoes.  Pentaminoes are shapes made out of five squares connected along edges.  There are 12 of them up to rotations and reflections: These shapes … Continue reading

## Romantic Puzzles

As I have mentioned in the past, Katie is a Girl – she likes playing with dolls, getting dressed up, listening to stories about fairies and princesses…  At the same time she also likes math and puzzles.  So when for … Continue reading

## Walk the Line

A few days ago Katie was at home sick, and after we had watched a number of cartoons and read many chapters she asked me whether we could do some math.  As you might guess, I was happy to oblige.  … Continue reading

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## Chips for All Seasons

Yesterday’s lesson with Katie and Varya consisted of exploring various ways of using colorful game chips for doing fun math.  The first activity involved dividing the chips between the doll Nina and the bear Stanford according to specified rules (I … Continue reading