Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Even Steven

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 7-11
Roger Rooke

This is a game for 2/3 players called “Even Steven”. 5 dice are used. These could be conventional dice or one or two poly faced dice with higher numbers on them.

Before throwing all 5 dice, each player guesses whether the total will be ODD or EVEN (this could be written, or a card could be chosen). After the dice are thrown, the total is found and if the player’s guess was correct they score that total. If the guess was incorrect the score is halved.

After 3 rounds of throws, the game ends and the scores are totalled to find a winner. This gives an experience of addition and halving and introduces probability. Some pupils may need calculators to check half scores.

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