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Academics' Choice Award™ Winner

Three Sticks

Ages: 8 - 12
Price: $35.00
Type: Game
By Kitki


A creative & challenging board game that will leave kids (& even adults) fascinated by the beauty of geometry.

The game consists of sticks of three different lengths - 3, 4 and 5 units long. Use these to try and create geometric shapes. Based on the size and type of shape, you earn points.

Sounds simple? Not quite. Firstly, you don't get to choose the sticks - it is determined by a randomly chosen card. Secondly, you can use only two sticks per turn!

Creating a shape using only two sticks is impossible. Hence you have to use your two sticks along with the ones that the other players may have placed on the board. That is where the game turns highly creative.
Which two sticks will you use?
Where will you place them?
Think creatively to win.


Review Highlights:

Kitki's Three Sticks is a very unique game. We own a handful of math board games, but none of them focus on geometry, so this was a first! The board design is simple, although it may initially look complicated. As with all new board games, we opened it up together and looked at all the components. The kids set up the board and began trying to make shapes while I read the rulebook. They quickly discovered that they had to arrange the three sizes of sticks a certain way in order to make shapes. Once they were done, I explained the rules, and we played two games. My oldest son loves math, and easily won both games. I was concerned my daughter was not going to enjoy the game, because it typically takes her a bit longer to grasp the rules and she sometimes struggles with math concepts, however she did really great.

This game also helps with counting larger numbers and keeping track of scores, which I had them do on their own, although I offered help when they needed it. They did struggle with the first few rounds of still figuring out the lengths, but once they had it down, they didn't need any help. It went a lot faster than I expected, and we are excited to play again. We will definitely be incorporating this game in our homeschool lesson plans for math, morning games, and to bring to our co-op.

While playing Three Sticks we practiced math skills, focusing on geometry, measuring, addition, and subtraction. And as with any board game, we also worked on communication, taking turns, and strategy.

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