Three Sticks: A New Promising Math Game

Last year, I shared Primo, a game that is aimed to develop the notion of prime numbers among players. In this post, I am going to share with you another interesting game called Three Sticks which aims to develop knowledge of basic geometric shapes.  In this game, using the same three types of sticks, players try to figure out different shapes and score points. In each turn, a player is allowed to put two sticks in order to form shapes with the largest number of points. Watch the video below to know more about the details on how the game is played.

Some of the mathematical concepts that can be learned by playing Three sticks are

  • polygons and their properties
  • how to calculate perimeter of polygons
  • convex and non-convex polygons
  • regular and irregular polygons

The printable board, cards, sticks, and Rules book can be found here. Three Sticks is currently on trial, so even the sticks are also printable. According to the designer, the actual set will include  plastic sticks and a board with holes into which the sticks would fit,

Three Sticks was developed by Pramod Ponnaluri of

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