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Playing The Curious Dragons with More than One Child

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We know that many nurseries, childminders, preschools and parents are playing The Curious Dragon games with multiple children, so we thought we would put a little guide together.

 For Two Children

Play each of the games as suggested in the learning guide with the following adjustments:

  1. Each child should take a role as a player
  2. The adult should explain the rules and goal to the children and then support them while they play, through clarifying any misunderstandings that may arise.

Up to Four Children 

To play the games with more than two children Games 1 , 2 and 5 will require the resources from two of The Curious Dragons: Counting with Understanding boxes. Again, the adult should explain the rules and goal to the children and then support them while they play.

Game 1: Collect the Eggs

 

 

Resources Required

2 x The Curious Dragons Game 1 are required

4 x dragon’s nest cards (2 from each The Curious Dragons Game 1)

1 x spinner (from one The Curious Dragons Game 1)

40 x egg counters (20 from each The Curious Dragons Game 1)

How to play this game with four children:

  1. Each child should have a dragon’s nest card.
  2. Place all the egg counters in the middle of the four children.
  3. Each child takes a turn to spin the spinner and put the correct number of eggs in the nests on their dragon’s nest card.
  4. The first child to fill up all their nests wins.

 

Game 2: Fill the Nests

 

Resources Required

2 x The Curious Dragons Game 2 are required

2 x Fill the Nest board (one from each The Curious Dragons Game 2)

40 x egg counters (20 from each The Curious Dragons Game 2)

12 x egg counting cards (6 from each The Curious Dragons Games 2)

How to play this game with four children:

Set up two games to run simultaneously, two children playing each one.

For each game set up:

  1. One child has the set of green eggs and one child has the set of pink eggs.
  2. Place the counting cards face down.
  3. Each child takes turns to turn over a counting card, then they place the corresponding number of eggs in the correct nest on the board. Players must completely fill the nest. If they don’t have enough eggs, they must miss their turn.
  4. Each counting card can only be used once. If a child turns over a blank card, they do not place any eggs for that turn.
  5. The winner is the child who has the least eggs left when all of the cards have been played.

Game 3: Number Match

 

Resources Required

1 x The Curious Dragons Game 3 is required

2 x Number Match boards

10 x picture cards

How to play this game with four children:

  1. Each child takes a turn to place a card in the correct place.
  2. The other children can support a child who is struggling.

Game 4: Matching Pairs

 

 Resources Required

1 x The Curious Dragons Game 4 is required

20 x activity cards

How to play this game with four children: 

  1. Place all the cards face down.
  2. Each child takes turns to turn over two cards. A match happens if a child turns over a card with a number symbol that matches the number of dragons or eggs on the other card. When a match is made the child keeps the cards. If they don’t match, the cards are turned back over and remain in play.
  3. The winner is the child with the most matching cards at the end of the game.

 

Game 5: Three in a Row

 

Resources Required

2 x The Curious Dragons Game 5 are required

2 x Three in a Row board (One from each The Curious Dragons Game 5)

44 x activity cards  (Twenty-two from each The Curious Dragons Game 5)

How to play this game with four children:

Set up two games to run simultaneously, two children playing each one.

For each game that is set up:

  1. One child takes the green number cards and the other takes the pink number cards.
  2. Each child takes turns to place one of their number cards face up on the board on top of the corresponding number of dots.
  3. The winner is the first child to place three cards in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally

 

What ways have you found of playing The Curious Dragon games with more than one child?

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