Play Snakes and Dots

Play Snakes and Dots Activity

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This fun two-player game is a great way for your kindergartener to learn logic and critical thinking. But he’ll have to watch out for the snake! Each player takes turns connecting dots on a grid, trying to avoid trapping the snake in a box. Whoever successfully avoids trapping the snake wins!

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • 2 pencils
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. Help your child create a game board by using a marker to create a grid of dots on the paper. You can make the game board as big as you like! Our grid contained 15 dots.
  2. Ask your child to choose an area between four of the dots to draw and color in a small snake.
  3. Play roshambo to decide who goes first. Have players use their pencils to draw lines connecting two dots. Dots can only be connected through vertical or horizontal lines.
  4. Players should take turns connecting the dots until there’s nowhere left to go and one of the players is forced to draw the line that encloses the snake in a box.

Variation: Erase the lines, or make a new board and try changing the rules. The player who captures the snake first wins!

Updated on Sep 6, 2013
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