Dots to Squares

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As learners play this strategy game, they develop understanding of squares, area, and perimeter. On each turn, a player draws a line between two dots next to each other on the grid. The game ends when until there is no more room. The player with the most squares wins. Available as a downloadable pdf and in Spanish.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • one Dots game board per pair
  • pencils


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537