In this game opponents compete to make the greatest

number of boxes out of a dot grid.

To begin, players draw a square grid of 16 dots with

four even rows of four dots. (After you get good, use a

larger grid)

Players take turns drawing lines connecting any two

dots that are next to each other.

The lines must be horizontal or vertical (no diagonals)

and each player can only draw one line at a time.

As lines accumulate, each player tries to be the one who

can close up a four-dot box by drawing the fourth line.

When a player completes a box, he claims it with his

initial and then draws another line. He can go on as long

as he keeps completing boxes.

Sometimes drawing the fourth line on a box can start a

chain reaction. When the player cannot complete any

more boxes, then it is finally the other player’s turn

again.

The game is over when all the dots are connected and

the boxes are filled in with initials. The player with the

most boxes is the winner.

Variations:

Square grids can be made any size for a longer game.

Players can also try to complete the smallest number of

boxes rather than the greatest number of boxes. In this

variation, the player who has the fewest boxes at the end

of the game is the winner.