It's been a while since I shared one of Frank Tapson's activities here on the blog. Previously, I've shared How Far Can YOU Climb? and Manifest. His website is a true treasure trove for math teachers. You should definitely check it out!

For this activity, some of my students opted to use bingo chips (affiliate link) while others opted for two-colored counters (affiliate link).

I printed off the Skittles puzzle from page 5 of this PDF file.

Here are the instructions for the puzzle:

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Here are a few action pics of my students playing.

My kids must have enjoyed the game because for several days after we played, they would ask to play Skittles every time we had a few odd minutes left at the end of class.

The instructions don't "pop"; I had to force myself to read them. Perhaps if they were modified to what students are used to seeing for instructions. Use a larger font size for section headings:

ReplyDeleteSet-up

Put a skittle on each space on the board.

Play

Pick someone to go first, then take turns. On your turn, roll the die.

1. If the number is odd, remove any single skittle.

2. If the number is even, remove any two adjacent skittles. If there aren't any, your turn is over.

Goal

When all the skittles have been removed, the winner is the person with the most skittles!