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Queen’s Guard Activity

by David, 7 March 2019 | 1 comments

Hexagonal board game with chess pieces on it.

Here’s a simple game that can be very tricky to play well. Give it a go, then find out why it’s such a challenge.

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Play Scopa Activity

by David, 17 May 2018 | 0 comments

Some playing cards

Here’s a traditional card game that’s bound to get your brain pumping. Being able to add up will help, but there’s plenty more to puzzle over!

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Ultimate dictators Activity

by David, 14 November 2017 | 0 comments

Julius caesar offers you some smarties

Psychologists often use simple games to determine how people make decisions when sharing and saving rewards, such as cash. In this case, we’ll explore the game of dictators using chocolate!

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Len Choa Activity

by David, 3 November 2017 | 0 comments

A board with some counters on it.

Len Choa is a two player game from Thailand. It’s an asymmetric game, which means the two players have different rules to follow. In this game, one player controls a pack of six leopards, and their opponent controls one scary lion!

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Five-cent star

by David, 1 August 2017 | 0 comments

Lots of coins on a star.

Here’s a tricky puzzle for you! An eight pointed star, and seven coins. Can you put all the coins onto the star? You will need 7 five-cent coins A copy of the eight-pointed star, which you can get here   The puzzle The aim of the puzzle is to get all seven coins onto the…

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Unchequer the board Activity

by David, 27 April 2017 | 0 comments

Someone is sliding a black counter on a grid

Here’s a quick sliding puzzle to get your brain pumping. See if you can separate the light and dark counters in as few moves as possible! You will need Pen and paper 8 dark counters 7 light counters Setting up

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Big square, tiny envelope Activity

by David, 20 March 2017 | 0 comments

Here’s a quick puzzle for you – this square is too wide for its envelope. Can you find a way to make it fit? You will need Two equal squares of paper Sticky tape Preparation

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Pyramid solitaire Activity

by David, 16 January 2017 | 0 comments

Many people know how to play solitaire or patience . But there are actually lots of different one-player card games. This version of patience has a bit of addition, and also some tricky strategic thinking. You will need Deck of cards

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Sharing some cakes Activity

by David, 15 December 2016 | 0 comments

Picture this: you’ve just bought a nice little cake, just for you. Then your friends show up, wanting a piece. Lucky for you, mathematicians have developed some pretty cool ways of sharing. You will need Three cakes (include a fancy one with icing, filling and sweet decorations on it, and at least one rectangular one)…

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Play Achi Activity

by David, 18 November 2016 | 0 comments

You will need An opponent to play against A copy of the board Four counters in one colour Four counters in a second, different colour What to do The aim of the game is to get three counters of your colour in a straight line. If you do this, you win!

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