The Dot Game

Have you ever played the dot game? If not, you should. It's fun and simple. I used to play this game with my father when we were waiting for food in restaurants. Recently I introduced my eight year old son to the game when we were waiting for the girls to finish a dance class. He loved it. It's free, fun to play and good for logical thinking.

It's somewhat similar to tic-tac-toe in that you can play with a pencil and paper almost anywhere.
Players start by drawing a grid of dots.

Then players take turns drawing one line between two dots.We have taken 5 or 6 turns each.

Players acheive points by completing a square of grid lines. If the player makes a square he/she writes his/her initial inside the square and gets another turn to draw a line.

The play ends when the grid is filled in with squares. Whoever completed the most squares is the winner.

Here is an on-line version so you can get a better idea of how it is played. The Dot Game.

This post is linked to
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  1. We used to play this a lot, we call it paddocks :-)

  2. In my family, it is known as The Church Game, because it was the one thing my parents would let my sister and I do during the long sermon every Sunday. Mostly because we could play without talking!! I actually just taught this one to my daughter not too long ago.


  3. We play that game with both of our girls often...especially while waiting at a restaurant. Works like a charm!
    I would love if you would share this at my link party.
    Take care,

    1. Sorry for the wrong thing at the bottom of this comment! How embarrassing. I was cutting and pasting and pasted the wrong thing. Thanks so much for linking up and pardon my silliness.


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