U Win Again - A Maths Strategy Game
This is an effective strategy game for two players.
The game is seemingly simple to play, and easy to set up. However, the learning that comes out of the dialogue between the children, and between you and the children is immense.
Another plus is that you only need a set of 0-9 Digit Cards. The cards are shuffled and dealt face-up in the form of a letter ‘U’. The players then take it in turns to choose (and remove) a card from one of the two ends of the 'U'. At the end of the game the players determine who has won by working out the total of the cards they have collected.
This seems very simple, but children quickly see that each move they make affects the choices available to their opponent - and only by playing carefully can they win. The downloadable* 'instructions' offer full details of the game together with a number of alternative modes of play.
It has always worked well for me; let me know what you think.
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