Madelinette is a simple board game which can involve strategic moves or can be played by younger children just for fun.

Age: All ages

No. of players: 2

Equipment: Board; Three counters per player (total of six counters, in two colours)

Time: 5 minutes+

Aim: To block your opponent so they cannot move.

1. Draw a board and then place the six counters on the points as shown below, leaving the middle point vacant. Players toss a coin to decide who will go first.

2. Each player takes turns to slide one of their counters to the vacant point on the board, with the aim of positioning their counters so that their opponent's counters are blocked and cannot move.

3. The winner is the player who prevents the other player from being able to move any of their pieces.

Hint: Think about where you would need all the pieces to enable you to win and then work out a strategy to force the other player into that position.

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