The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play,
either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to
orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a
This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.
A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space
awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed
one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.
A full pack of playing cards.
Number of players:
Two or more.
Take the kings, queens and jokers from the pack of cards. Jacks
are WILD CARDS. You can use them at any time to represent a number
from 1 to 10 (inclusive).
To make up a sum to reach the TARGET
To be first to hit the score of 50.
* Shuffle the pack and turn over the top two cards.
* If either of the cards is a Jack or a ten, put it at the
bottom of the pack and turn over the next top card.
* The cards show your TARGET NUMBER , e.g. if
you turn the 4 of hearts followed by the ace of clubs your
TARGET NUMBER is 41.
* Deal 5 cards.
* Try to reach the TARGET NUMBER using all 5
cards, using all or some of your cards.
* You may add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers.
(5 + 7 - 2) x 4 + 1 = 41
* Explain your calculations to the other players.
* If you are stuck, you can ask other players for help.
Making the TARGET NUMBER using all 5 cards,
without help - 10 points
Making the TARGET NUMBER less than 5 cards,
without help - 8 points
Make TARGET NUMBER with help - 6 points
Helping someone else to make their TARGET
NUMBER - 8 points
The number of cards dealt can be varied according to the skill
levels of the players.
To simplify the target number to be reached, children could be
allowed to use the two top cards in any order to set the
To assist younger learners, a set of operation cards will
The sets of playing and operation cards can be laid out and this
will also help youngsters see that they can only use each number
For children unable to calculate the answers mentally, paper and
pencils should be available.
*Wild Jack is taken from Totally Mental
Maths...a book of games for home and school by Jennie Pennant,
Michael Ray, Celia Richards and Fiona Sweet produced by the
Department of Education and Leisure, Royal Borough of Kingston upon