Monday, November 26, 2012
Nim - A 1000 Year Old Math Game
This game is said to have come from China, which is why it interested me now (although I teach it every year). It closely resembles the chinese game of Jianshizi or "picking stones". I taught it today using actual stones, and my math group talked why it probably was first played this way. The students thought that plastic discs were probably not available 1000 years ago!
You can play at home. It is fun and easy (although difficult to play well). Here are the rules I plucked from the Scholastic website (we will play with 21 small things tomorrow):