Strategies Lab in the CL3

Strategies Lab Games for March/April 2018

*Please remember to see the links below for game examples. If you are interested in setting up a time to come in, please let Dr. Grove know.

Grades K-2:

A. Q-bitz - 1 can work alone or 2 can work together to solve.

Each card presents a puzzle to solve. Students can work alone, or they can work in pairs. Also, to make it more challenging, students can see who can solve the puzzle first in teams. *if students don’t want to create the shapes on the cards, they can make their own creations and share with their friends.

Video: How to play Q-Bitz

B. Hi Q - 1 player

To start the game, a player places the 32 pegs in the holes leaving the center hole empty. (The game may also be played by simply drawing the diagram on a piece of paper and then using any 32 markers as the pegs.) Then moves are made by taking any peg, jumping over another single peg and landing in an empty hole.

Video: How to play Hi-Q

C. Prairie Dog Town - 1 player (2 can work together)

Get the prairie dogs back in their burrows.  Do this by stacking the six puzzle pieces flat between the top an bottom puzzle layers. (Directions in the box are very specific - please read when you enter the CL3 - there is no How to video).

D.  Blink - 2 to 4 players

Blink is a fast paced quick thinking game that is fun for all ages. It’s a game of speed, observation, and quick thinking. A single game can be played in just a couple of minutes. It is intended to be a two player game, but can easily be modified for more players. It is claimed to be the world’s fastest game and it may very well be.  *This game does move fast and can be played several times during one rotation. I have repeated it this month’s rotation.

Video: How to play Blink

E. Tenzi - 2 to 4 players       

Each player chooses a set of dice. Players hold all ten dice in their hands. Someone says “Go” and everyone rolls at the same time. Quickly look at your roll and decide which number you are going to go for. (For example, if you have more 3’s than any other number, that’s what you want to go for.) Put all your dice with that number aside, collect the remaining dice and quickly roll again. (You do not have to wait for others to roll again. Everyone rolls together only on the first roll.) Keep rolling until all ten of your dice show the same number.

Video: How to play Tenzi                                                                                        

F. Make 7 - 2 players

A fun game where you try to get your numbered tiles to add up to 7 in any direction to win.

Video: How to play Make 7

G. Square Up - 1 to 2 players or teams compete  

Race to slide the squares to match your cube shaker, before your opponent finishes! The winner slaps down the frame around the solution in Square Up! It's a tremendously fun, fast and exciting two-player visual thinking game.

Video: How to play Square Up

**extra: Kepla Planks (as needed)

Grade 3-6: 

A. Pixel - 2 to 4 players                                                                                                           

The cross-action strategy game! Don't let the situation slide out of control in this fun strategy game of slide, point, align and win! Move a slider and place your piece in the intersection. But there's a catch! Only one slider may be moved each turn. You don't have to block your opponent, but be careful not to leave those sliders in point blank range. The first player with three in a row wins! 

B. Lunar Landing - 1 player

Move any of the six Explorers up, down, left, or right (but NOT diagonally) until another Explorer blocks its path. Continue a combination of moves until the Red Shuttle reaches the center of the Landing Grid. When the Shuttle arrives at the Mothership’s Emergency Entry Port - YOU WIN! 

Video: How to play Lunar Landing

C. Pathwords - 1 player

Use the colored Puzzle Pieces to cover all the letters printed on your challenge card. Each puzzle piece must cover a single word that can be read forward or backward (not scrambled) and no blank spaces can appear under a Puzzle Piece.

Video: How to play Pathwords

D. Skiwampus - 2 players

Out-maneuver your opponents in this full-tilt action brain-builder! Arrange your tiles so that the corners connect to form array of patterns. Most colors, all numbers, three of a kind… But work fast- everyone plays at the same time! It's a geometric jam that requires sharp eyes, quick thinking, and nimble hands. Let the wild Skiwampus start!

Video: How to play Skiwampus

E. Swish - 2 players

Swish is a fast-paced game where you slip, rotate, and stack cards. Each transparent card has hoops and balls on it. The object of the game is to be the first player to create the most Swishes. Layering two or more cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color creates a Swish. (Kind of like playing basketball, only with cards.) The cards may be rotated and/or flipped but must be positioned on top of each other in the same orientation, and no hoop or ball can be left unmatched. Each card you collect is worth a point, so a Swish made up of more cards will earn you more points.

Video: How to play Swish

F. All Queen’s Chess - 2 players

Think of it as four-in-a-row chess. In this two-player game of All Queens you’ll have to plan your moves carefully as you outwit your opponent to get four Queens in a row. Just like in a game of chess, the all-powerful Queen can move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally.The only difference is that pieces can’t be captured. Stay alert and exercise logic as you navigate the board to get your Queens in a row.

Video: How to play All Queens Chess

G. Banagrams - 2 players

Instructions on how to play

Video: How to play Bananagrams