"Hey Mrs. L, we've just invented a new fun game!"
"Oh yeah,... let me see," said Mrs.L. in her most placative
"It's like this, you take the chalk and you write a whole
bunch of numbers along the bottom of the chalk board."
What kind of numbers?"
"ANY kind of numbers, only don't make them too hard or people
won't want to play with you."
"Okay, so then what?"
"It's simple. Here are the steps:
- Player one gets two erasers, and he slides them along the chalk
tray, aiming for the largest numbers.
- The numbers closest to the front of each eraser are then added
mentally and player one records this sum on his side of the board.
- Then player two gets the erasers and does the same thing, writing
his sum on his side of the board.
- This continues with up to four players.
- At the end of the round, the player with the highest score wins
Mrs. L. found herself at this point moving from being placative
to being interested in the possibilities for this simple yet elegant
game. She remarked as much to herself as to the kids, "Wow,
that's great. You could use any kind of numbers, whole numbers,
integers, fractions, decimals, even algebraic expressions. I LOVE
"Why you can play as a quick round or as a full blown tournament.
You could have several games going at once if you have multiple
"Or you could even play it on desks using paper footballs
as the erasers and masking tape with the numbers written on, taped
to the middle of the desk.
"Or you could use chalk on the floor and tennis balls. Wow,
I'm really liking this. Come on let's play."