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(Mis)playing Games

I really like playing games with my kids, and we have quite a few of them.  However, until recently, many games had to be kept out of Zoe’s reach because she  would rip cards, destroy boards, and lose small pieces. … Continue reading

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Build and Describe

Two weeks ago in class we did an activity we called “build and describe.”  This is how it worked: First all students got an identical set of blocks (initially two or three, depending on age group).  Next, one student built … 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

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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

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