Shut the Box

Shut the Box is one of the fun kids math games and addition games for kids.

The Pre-Show

2 - 4 players

Ages: 8 and up
Need dice, pencil, paper, coins or buttons


Begin with each player drawing 9 squares on paper. They then number the squares 1 to 9.

Use whatever paper you have handy.

It can be paper from your notebook or the paper that is stored in your printer.

Place the coins or buttons in the middle of the table or give each player 9 objects.

Each player rolls one die to determine who goes first. The highest number does. If a tie, roll until the tie is broken.

Players want to cover up their squares by rolling numbers on 2 dice that add up to numbers 1 to 9.

The first player goes by rolling 2 dice. He then takes a coin or button and places that on his board covering the number his dice add up to.

Example, he rolls a 6. He can place a coin or button over number 6 if it isn't already covered.

Or, he can break the 6 down by covering numbers 1, 2, and 3 if he needs these numbers on his board. He can also cover numbers 1 and 5 or 2 and 4.

He must use numbers that add up to the number he rolled.

He continues rolling the dice until he can no longer cover numbers. When he can't cover numbers, the next player goes.

He then receives penalty points for each number that is uncovered.

After players cover 7, 8 and 9, they just roll one die.

The End

The winner is the player with the fewest penalty points after a set number of rounds.

Have fun trying to beat the other players!

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