# Penguins! A game for the whole family

Happy Monday, all!

In a time when we find ourselves spending more time together, learning and thinking and playing together at home, I wanted to share a game that is appropriate for players of all ages.  The game “Penguins!” is strategic and fun for the whole family!

To play you’ll need 2 regular 6-sided dice and some counters.  They can be beans coloured on one side with a marker, or even some Cheerios and some Shreddies cereal. It’s a good idea to have a piece of paper and a pencil handy for calculations.

Here’s how to play (full instructions are included on the “Penguins!” game board):

Roll the dice. Look at the numbers.

Find the sum and write it down. (add the numbers)

Find the difference and write it down. (subtract one number from the other)

Find the product and write it down. (multiply the numbers)

Now decide which one of these answers (the sum, the difference or the product) you will use. You can only pick one!  Cover that number in your colour. Let your partner have a turn.  If your sum AND your difference AND your product are taken, you can cover a penguin instead! Three in a line in your colour wins the game.

Have fun!

Carole

### 3 responses

1. Mandi Becking | Reply

Hi there! Am I able to share with families to have them play this game with students at home this month? I would be emailing it out to parents, if this is ok to do. Thank you

2. Hi can the board be adapted for just sums and differences?

3. Hello! Yes, of course you can adapt it for just sums and differences. If effect it means that only the top 3 rows are playable. When my students work in partnerships across grades, the little ones tend to fill in these three rows first – and can even win that way!
Carole