Improve Number Sense Quickly with Shut the Box

Is your class working on building number sense?  Shut the Box is the perfect game to play to build addition and subtraction skills.  It also helps students understand "part part whole."  Even better, you can modify the game layout of Shut the Box to make it for a few pennies!  If you don't have woodworking skills, just make it with numbered cards and dice.

Learn how to play Shut the Box - Post includes a video that demonstrates how to play Shut the Box, an easy game that helps players improve their number sense. Players need to add on two dice.
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On our trip to Colonial Williamsburg, we found a store with an entire corner dedicated to games played during Colonial times.  One of our favorite finds is Shut the Box.  Other game enthusiasts may know it.  I had seen it in stores, but I didn't really know how to play.

This is a great game for number sense and addition skills.  It is very easy to learn, and it involves luck.  Sometimes math games are tricky because the better math students always win.  Shut the Box requires great dice rolls to win, so everyone has a chance.

Shut the Box would be easy to incorporate into math class, but it could also be used during a Colonial America unit.

I think it is easier to learn a new game when you see it played, so I made a quick video for you!


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