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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Game #180: "Connect Four Race" (Group/Team-Building)

A $4.00 "Dollar Store", Big Group/Team-building Game. 

Easy and quick to create, fun to play as a group or even one on one.

  • 4x6 Plastic Tarp ($1)
  • Black Permanent Marker ($1)
  • 1 Package of Red Plastic Bowls ($1)
  • 1 Package of Blue Plastic Bowls ($1)

Game Play:
Quick Explanation: A giant "connect four-style" game meets the "tic-tac-toe" race. 

Before the Game: 
  • Using a bowl and the permanent marker draw 6x6 (36) or 7x7 (49) grid of circles on the tarp.
  • Lay the tarp out flat on the far end of the playing area. 

  • Divide the group up into 2 teams.
  • Line up teams facing forward toward the game board (tarp).
  • Give the quick explanation and rules
  • Choose a team to have the first turn. 
  • On "Go!" first team goes down first and places their bowl on the tarp in the row closest to the bottom. 
  • When they return the first player from the second team may then go, placing their bowl on the tarp.
  • Game continues similar to the regular version of "connect four" until one team connect four game pieces creating a line. 

  • Rules similar to regular "connect four" game.
  • Game pieces must be placed starting at the "bottom" working up, as if it were standing up on end vertically. 
  • Teams take turns going.
  • If "connect four" connection is not made, game restarts, game board is cleared, and play continues
  • Winners: can be the first team to succeed or best out of 3 or 5 games. 

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