NRICH: Pumpkin Patch

A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other’s ‘pumpkins’ is the winner.

Age 5 to 18

A game for two players.

A set of 12 counters each
A 5 x 5 grid for the game board.

To start:
Set the counters out as above.
Take turns to move one of your counters one square up, down or sideways.

To capture the other player’s counter jump over it and land in an empty space.
This is called picking the pumpkin.

The winner:┬áthe first player to pick all the other player’s pumpkins.
If the game becomes blocked, the player with the most pumpkins left wins.

Math Topics
Deductive Reasoning & Logical Thinking
K-6, Middle School, High School
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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NRICH (University of Cambridge)

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