Stick Flipping

Origin:Plains Cree
History:Both children and adults played this game. There is a special song that accompanies this game.
Materials:Large pole approximately 18 inches long; tally sticks
Players:2+ players
Setup:Whittle the sides of the pole so it has four flat sides and two pointed ends. Color each side differently.
To Play:Begin by hitting the end of the stick by stepping on it and making it flip into the air. If it doesn't flip, the player can try again.
To Score:The score depends on the side of the stick that lands facing up. When a point is awarded the player collects the tally stick from their opponent. The first person to get all four points wins the game.

Stick SidePoints
red4 (wins the game)
Math Content:Probability and data management.


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