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Puppies and Kittens?

February 18, 2011 pm28 11:52 pm

Which one of my blogger-friends suggested this?  I played for 10 – 20 minutes with two classes today (rather, I let them play), and it went well. All were engaged, and some made progress towards finding a winning strategy, and one pair I am fairly certain nailed it.

The two players go to an animal shelter, and take turns adopting kitties or puppies. The player who adopts the last animal wins.

On your turn, you must adopt at least one animal. You can adopt pups only, as many as you like. Or you can adopt kits only, as many as you like. Or you can adopt an equal number of each.

When you arrive there are 7 puppies and 10 kittens.

Play!  Discover the winning strategy.

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  1. February 19, 2011 am28 1:55 am 1:55 am

    I posted about playing this game at the Escape from the Textbook conference. I’m glad your students are having fun with it.

    • February 20, 2011 pm28 6:36 pm 6:36 pm

      Thank you Sue. It went over well.

      I announced the name, though not the rules, days in advance. Several kids showed up with puppy or kitten t-shirts. One had kitten shoes. I wore my extended Bell Curve t-shirt (it is extended by the addition of a neck way to the right… it is Nessie, our class mascot) as it shows the cutest animal I own.

      I also had to clarify that while in real life anyone gaining any number of soft fuzzy friends would be a winner, in this game only the last player would win. They liked the clarification.

      • February 20, 2011 pm28 8:49 pm 8:49 pm


        (but mine’s brown with a blue Nessie)

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