Polygon Party is a fun card game that students can play to practice the polygons’ properties. It gives teachers and parents an opportunity for having discussions, clearing misconceptions and doing an informal assessment on polygons.
- cards or dice (if you don’t want to use a spinner)
- spinner (template included)
- cards cut and laminated if you want.
How to play
Goal: Be the first to discard all your cards.
Shuffle the cards and deal 6 to each player. Keep the rest of the deck face down as a draw pile. The players study their cards. A player spins the spinner. The players take turns to put a card down that matches the indication of the spinner. If a player doesn’t have a matching card they take one more from the draw pile and wait for the next spin. When the last player has a turn, they spin the spinner again and repeat. The game ends when a player discards all their cards.
Here is a list of the properties and the polygons to help you make your cards or assign them to the dice roll. (pdf to download at the end)
You can use only the shapes your students know and just make more copies of them. If you are just starting with polygons let the students play with the cards, separate them in groups, have discussions before playing.
More challenge and strategy.
Instead of using a spinner the players can announce/choose a property at their turn. For example, 2 sides equal, and the players ( with the one announcing one going first) one by one put down a matching card. If they don’t have one they draw and wait for their next turn. This is a good way to play for older players (grades 3 and up) because they can apply more strategic thinking and turn the game to their favor.
How to build the spinner.
I decided to include a spinner in this game because spinners are fun. You can easily make a spinner at home. Cut and paste the template given on a piece of card stock or cardboard or even a paper plate. To make the spinner you can use a paper clip, a popsicle stick, or a piece of cardboard (shaped like an arrow) attached with a brad (paper fastener) and a washer, or a push pin in the middle. You can also by a plastic spinner, or use a digital one.http://www.superteachertools.us/spinner/
Other ways to use the cards
- As a reference and visual help.
- Polygon hunt, the students take a card and try to find that shape in the classroom, at home, outdoors.
- Play a matching memory game.
- Play a bingo game. Give each student a few cards and use the spinner. The student that finishes their cards first wins. You can also use the bingo cards included.
It is a good idea to laminate the cards and the spinner so they last longer. I am sure you can think of more games using the cards and the spinner based on your students’ needs. Please share your ideas with us.
Here is a free game to practice polygons and their properties. Polygon Race