TID – Day 25 – A Calm Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all celebrating today!

Name Shut the Box
Players 2 – As Many As You Want
Play Time Variable
Game Style Dice Roll

Does this day get you stressed? Do you need a nice calming activity? For my game/meditation needs, I reach for shut the box. While there is a way to play that eventually has a winner declared, I prefer to play with the only goal to shut the box (only has happened once as long as I have had this game). To shut the box, *all* you need to do, is roll combinations that allow you to remove the numbers 1-12. After each roll of the dice, you can remove any numbers that add up to the total pips on the dice. For example, if you roll a 5 and a 6 (for a total of 11), you could remove the following numbers = 1+10, 2+9, 3+8, 1+2+8, 4+7, 1+3+7 and so on. With each roll comes anticipation and a sense of completion.

Direct Curricular Applicability: Low
– Probability (dice rolls for attack/defend)
Time to Play Variable
Pass, play and chat.
Tangential Learning: Low
Could they make their own box?
Gameplay Complexity Low
Can you add? Then you have the rules down pat.
OVERALL: I find that this is one of the great pass and play games. A great conversation and a great game is a wonderful combination.

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