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Activity of the Week – Dot and Boxes

What do you need: 

  • Dotted paper – click here to print or draw it yourself 
  • 1 or 2 dice 
  • Markers 

How to play the game: 

There are so many games you can play with dotted paper! Here are some examples: 

Game #1: 

  1. Each person gets a different colour marker. 
  1. Take turns circling 1 dot, then 2 dots, then 3 dots, and keep going down the number line. 
  1. However, the rule is, you cannot cross any lines. 
  1. See what the biggest number is you can get to as a team, or the first person who can’t circle their number of dots without crossing lines loses. 
  1. Or take turns rolling the dice and circle the number you rolled. 

Game #2: 

  1. Use two dice and each player get a different colour of marker 
  1. Roll the dice and add up the two numbers. 
  1. Use the dots to help you and circle around the number of dots the two numbers add up to.  
  1. Then write the equation in the circle. 

Game #3: 

  1. Each person gets a different colour marker. 
  1. Players take turns connecting two dots either vertically or horizontally. 
  1. Once you make a box, you can put your first initial in the box (for example, if your name is Abby, you would put A in the box) 
  1. The player with the most initials on the page wins! 

Game #4: 

  1. Each player get a different colour marker. 
  1. Print off this dotted page with sight words or copy the dots on the page and use your own sight words. 
  1. Players take turns connecting two dots either vertically or horizontally. 
  1. Once you make a box, copy the sight word in the box. 
  1. The player with the most words at the end wins! 

These YMCA Beyond the Bell activities support the program goals to: Realize Academic Achievement | Improve Health and Wellness | Explore Culture & Creativity | Develop Social Skills. 

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