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Here's a game to play with a grown-up!
You can play this game on the interactive pegboard
, or on a real circular pegboard if you have one.
How do you play?
Firstly, choose the number of pegs on your board. Take it in turns with the grown-up to add a band to the board. Bands must fit round three pegs, in other words, each must make a triangle.
A band can share a peg with other bands, but the triangles must not overlap (except along the edges and pegs).
A player loses when they cannot make a triangle on their turn.
What are the winning strategies?
Once you've mastered this game, why not play to lose? How is the game affected?
Notes for grown-ups
Harder versions: try allowing more complex shapes (e.g. triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons...). Try increasing the number of pegs on the board.
Repeat the game, aiming to find a winning strategy, then talk together about how it was found.