Sunday, January 20, 2008

Unplugged Project: Matchsticks Game

Toothpicks (and, not as safely, matchsticks) can be used for a vast number of mathematics games in order to develop geometric knowledge, problem-solving skills and critical thinking, meeting NCTM standards. I have embedded a Flash game in this post so that you and your family can play Matchsticks. It has a scoreboard that will keep your scores forever! So be sure to bookmark this post so that you can come back and play often. The game will open in a new window, so you may have to enable popups for this post only.
Other mathematically excellent sites for toothpick games and puzzles:
Puzzle Corner: Toothpick Games
Toothpick World (with a toothpick applet to
solve the more than forty puzzles available).

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  1. This was fun to try, I'm going to show Lily when she get's home later, not sure if we will have tempers with frustration or what, but it will be fun trying together, I'm personally not very good with logic games. But Lily has been obsessed with draughts ( checkers) all week, want to learn chess next mmmm

  2. I remember that from when I was young (I had completely forgotten that game). I had fun trying it. My kids saw me, and now they are going to try too. Thanks for the idea!

    (I am interested to see how you are going to get math out of an egg carton next Monday!)

  3. I had forgotten all about matchstick games too. Life was simpler in days gone by wasn't it? I remember now having lots of fun with stuff like this.

  4. That looks fun I am going to have to give it a try when I have a chance. I will show it to my DH though he loves things like that.

  5. I have never seen that before! Can become addicting though, I fear!
    I'll have to show the hubs - he'll love it!

  6. Yep, I was right; he loved it! That game gives me a headache, though. His brain works that way. The ol' engineer that he is.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Very cool! I can't wait to try it.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog this week.


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