Help Build Math Skills: The Graphing Game

Two players chart their moves on a grid to determine the winner of this strategic game. Children must use their logical and critical thinking skills as they decide how to play each move, and they will develop these more and more with each successive game.

What this activity will develop:
Math, thinking and social skills

What you'll need:
• 12" x 12" posterboard
• Markers
• Ruler
• 36 pennies
• Small zip lock bag
• Pair of dice

What to do:
1. Draw the gameboard on one side of the posterboard as illustrated, using markers and ruler.

2. Print these directions on the back of the gameboard:

Divide the pennies between the players and decide who will use heads and who will use tails. Highest roll of the dice goes first. Each player rolls the dice and places a penny on the correct dot to show the outcome. Example: 6 and 3 could be row 6, column 3 or row 3, column 6. First player to cover all dots in any vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row wins the game.

3. Store pennies and dice in zip lock bag.

Rules of Play:
Players must use logic to determine which of two possible moves will best increase their chances of completing a row.

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