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Rummikub

Primary Category: Cognitive Development

Subcategories: Problem Solving/Strategy, Academics, Sequencing, Concentration

Description of how the game can be used to fit the categories: The game Rummikub is a challenging strategy game that requires a variety of cognitive skills. Problem solving and strategy skills are required for this game to create a set of cards that add up to 33 or to add to the groups to get rid of the player’s tiles. If a player cannot get rid of a group or contribute to any of the groups, they must draw a card. Strategy is necessary to try to be able to get rid of all of your tiles. Academics are involved in this game because addition skills are needed to add up the numbers on the tiles to get to 33. Addition can be practiced even without the game by using the number tiles and asking players to add up the numbers. Sequencing is incorporated into this activity when the players have to create the groups. There are multiple ways to create groups and in some cases it can be to create a group where the numbers are in numerical order. The number tiles can also be used individually to practice sequencing of the numbers from the number tiles. Concentration is required for this game because the players always need to be evaluating the number tiles they have and watching the moves of their opponents to make sure they did not get rid of all of their tiles.