Roll Your Way to Victory
- What: Shut the Box Game
- When: 5 years and up
- Why: Fun, affordable, wide age variety
- Where: Amazon
Looking for a game that will build kids’ math skills? Want a classic game that’s easy to learn but hard to master? If you’d like a game that’s great for kids and adults alike, grab your own Shut the Box.
This game comes contained in a lovely wooden box. It makes a great looking addition to any shelf when not in play. Once you’re ready to compete, open the box to reveal the numbers one through nine printed on tiles attached to a rod along the length of the box. Roll the included wooden dice, then fold down any combinations of numbers equal to the amount rolled. For example, if you roll seven, you could fold down the 3 and 4, the 2 and 5, the 6 and 1, or the 7 tile.
Once the remaining upright number tiles add up to six or less, roll one die and continue playing. When you can’t turn down any more number tiles, your turn ends. Calculate your score by reading the remaining numbers across from left to right. For instance, if the 4, 7, and 9 tiles remain visible, you earn a score of 479. Lay down all the number tiles to shut the box and get a score of zero!
The lowest score wins the game. Any number of players, from one on up, can compete in this game of strategy and luck to find out who can shut the box.