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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!
What are your favorite educational games?