Dexterity Games

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For School Groups


More than a century ago Mark Twain marveled that, surrounded by a world of inventions, children devoted their time to games: handheld marble games, to be specific.

Those games still appeal. Design a game with it’s beginning middles and end. Hammer in pegs. Stretch a web of rubber bands. Play.

One marble is not a challenge. Three marbles become a game.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • K.1: Objects have properties that can be observed and used to describe similarities and differences.
  • K.4: Some objects are natural, while others have been designed and made by people to improve the quality of life.

Meets Common Core Standards

  • K-PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • K-PS3: Energy
  • 2-PS1: Matter and Its interactions

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