Play Anchors Away!
When the Mayflower finally left England on September 6, 1620, its passengers had already been through some hard travels. They had expected to sail with two ships, for example, but the second one, the Speedwell, turned out to be too leaky to sail. In the end, some passengers stayed behind, while 102 others finally boarded the Mayflower for the historic journey to the New World.
Around Thanksgiving, lots of kids can expect to study this famous voyage in school. Here's a game you can play at home that adds an extra dimension to the story. The game begins with the idea that only some Pilgrims were able to travel to the New World; winning the game means securing a seat on the boat. From there, the game dives into math! “Anchors Away” is based on the ancient games of Mancala or Nim, which require kids to practice logical problem-solving and can strengthen their grasp of mathematical principles. So have fun this Thanksgiving by indulging in a little history and math!
This game requires two players.
What You Need:
- Picture of the Mayflower (download here)
- At least 10 toothpicks to serve as "anchors"