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Target Number (Addition/Subtraction Game) *April 8, 2009*

*Posted by inspiremath in Addition/Subtraction, Math Games.*

Tags: Addition, Games, Subtraction

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●Each player needs two dice.

●Paper and pencil.

Leader rolls his two dice and this becomes the target number. There are no turns in this game. All players roll their dice as fast as possible. The first player to get his sum to equal the target number wins one point. Keep score on the paper. First one to 5 or 10 points wins.

Variation #1: Leader rolls his two dice and uses the two numbers to count as a two-digit target number (for example, if the leader rolls a 3 and a 6, the target number could be 63 or 36.) All players roll their dice as fast as possible. Then each player will write down the number they get on the paper, then roll again. The players add the next number to the first number and keep rolling until they get to the target number, without going over. If the number you rolled will put you over the target number, you just roll again without adding anything. If you have within one of the target number, you’re out and you can’t win. For example, if the target number is 36 and you have 32 on your paper and you roll a 6, you just roll again. If you roll a 3, you’ll have 35, and you’re out because you can’t roll a 1 with

Variation: Leader rolls one dice. That is the target number. Everyone else rolls three dice and then has to add and subtract the numbers to get the target number. For example, if the target number is 2, and the player rolls a 6, 2 and 2, then the player could do this: 6-2=4 and 4-2=2. Keep rolling all three dice until you can get to the target number. The winner must explain how they got the target number.

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