## Shut the Box #1-12 RulesSHUT THE BOX A fun and
fast paced game of luck and skill for any number of players age 5 and up. Over 700 years old. Originating in Jersey
The first
player rolls both dice and proceeds to shut (flip) one or more numbered tiles
that add up to the value of the throw. That is; if a 7 is rolled, a 7 or a 6&1 or 5&2 or 4&2&1
etc… may be flipped. The dice are rolled
continuously by the same player until the number rolled cannot be flipped by
the remaining tiles. Note when remaining
tiles total less than 6, only 1 dice is used in the roll. At the point where the roll cannot be taken,
the players turn is done and the game passes to the next person. A player’s score is the total of all tiles
remaining. For example, if a 2, 3, and 6
are still exposed, then the players score is 11. If a player “Shuts the Box”, that is turns
over all the tiles, then the score of all other players is doubled for that
round. The winner is the player who has
the lowest score. You can play one
round at a time, or play multiple rounds until one person reaches 100
points. Player with the lowest score
after that round is the winner.
Shut the Box with numbers going up to
12 can be played using exactly the same rules as standard Shut Box with numbers
up to 9; that is, you can eliminate any combination of numbers that adds up to
your dice roll.
On every role of the dice there are
many combinations that are possible. This is a great and FUN teaching tool and a favorite item for
homeschoolers and teachers in grades 3-6. As another example, if a 5 and 6 were
were rolled, you would have a number of alternatives as to what to flip. -You could use :addition; 5 + 6 = 11
and flip any combination of tiles that add or multiplies to 11. (such as 4 + 7; or 2 + 9, or 2 + 3 + 6, or 1
X 11 (since 1 X 11 = 11) or just the 11,
etc….) - You could use multiplication; 5 x 6 =
30 and flip any combination that adds or multiplies to 30 (such as 12 + 10 + 8, or 3 x 10, or 2 x 3 x 5 , etc…) A learning exercise that some teachers
use is to ask the students to list every possible way to flip tiles for any
given role during the game. It really
gets them thinking! We highly recommend Shut Box for both
its learning opportunities and its good old fashion fun factor! Shut Box is a game that is enjoyed by all
ages and is something that kids, parents and Grandparents can play together. A 1-9 and a 1-12 version is available. NOTE that the 1-12 version can be played with
just addition for the younger kids by first eliminating the numbers 10,11 &
12 and then trying to shut the box using just addition. The odds of shutting the box this way are
about the same as shutting the box using addition and multiplication on the
1-12 version. |