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Shut the Box Maths Bonds Game

R 380.00

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Shut the box is an easy game that can be played solitaire, with one opponent, or with multiple players as you wish. An ideal education game for children of all ages, also lots of fun. It is a great way for children to practice their bonds.

Age 6-99 years.
Players 1-4.
Box size 21,5 x 21,5 x 4 cm.


  • 1 dice tray with 9 sliding number lids
  • 2 dice
  • 1 notepad


On each round: lower as many number lids as possible before it becomes impossible to lower any more.
After 10 rounds: the player who has scored the fewest points is the winner.

How to play:

A game is played in 10 rounds. In each round, each player has one turn. The player takes turns and roll the dice until they cannot lower any more numbers.

The first player rolls both dice: the player then has several possible solutions and can lower one or more numbers as long as they add up to the amount showing on the dice. The player is working out how many bonds he/she can find to make up the the dice.

For example:

you roll a 2 and a 5 with the dice:
So the total of the two dice comes to 7 and you can shut:

  • Either the 7,
  • Or the bonds 2 and the 5,
  • Or the bonds 6 and the 1,
  • Or the bonds 3 and the 4,
  • Or the 4, the 2, and the 1.

Next, you roll the two dice again and again, until you are blocked, that is, until no combination of numbers (bonds) can be lowered to arrive at the total on the dice. This ends your turn. (If 1 is the only tile still open, the player may roll only one die. Otherwise, the player must roll both dice ) Add the total remaining numbers and note down your points.

For example:

If you still have the 9, the 6 and the 2 up, you score 17 points. It is then the next player‘s turn. They player raises all of the numbers and rolls the dice until becoming blocked. And so on …

At the end of 10 rounds, each player adds up all of the points scored in each round.

NB: If you succeed in lowering all of the numbers of the number lids, then you are said to have “shut the box”. In this case, you score no points, and all the other players score 20 points.


The winner is the player with the lowest total number of points at the end of 10 rounds.

Shut the Box, also called Canoga, Klackers, Batten Down the Hatches, and Jackpot, is a game of dice for one or more players, commonly played in a group of two to four for stakes. Traditionally, a counting box is used with tiles numbered 1 to 9 where each can be covered with a hinged or sliding mechanism, though the game can be played with only a pair of dice, pen, and paper. Variations exist where the box has up to 10 or 12 tiles.

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