Multiplication Game – Hex
Printable Multiplication Game – Hex is a wonderful strategic math game modified to add a little fun to practicing the times’ tables.
Multiplication Game Hex
2 Times Table to 12 Times Table Games
Hex is a two-player abstract strategy game. This version has multiplication fact practice built into the gameplay.
What you Need:
18 counters of one color
18 counters of another color
How to Play:
1. Decide who is going first. This player plays across the board horizontally i.e. they are trying to make a continuous line of counters left to right.
2. Player 1 places a counter randomly on the board.
3. Player 2 then places a counter on any vacant hexagon in an attempt to block Player One’s progress. NB Player 2 is attempting to make a continuous line of counters from top to bottom of the board. between the orange sides of the board.
4. Players take turns placing counters until one player makes a continuous line.
How to Win:
Items of Note:
2. Corners can be claimed by either player.
Before the Game:
– Do plenty of real-world examples to reinforce the relationship between the abstract and symbolic.
– Use junk mail to ‘go shopping’. Makeup algorithms and number stories from these.
After the Game:
– Being able to swap numbers over and still get the same answer is known as the Commutative Law. Many people think it is important to know this law. Why might that be?
– Why might mathematicians have invented this name?
– Player 2 does a completely random move, to begin with, & then copies Player One’s moves.
– What if Player One notices Player Two is copying moves? Could a completely random move have an effect on the game’s outcome?
– It is said that this game cannot have a draw. Is this true? How might mathematicians work this out?
Included in this Game:
– 11 Low Color Boards (2 Times Table to 12 Times Table)
– A PowerPoint version with all color boards included for easy introduction and discussion of the game.
– 1 Set of Teaching Notes