Have you heard about this “new” game Left Center Right? A friend of mine told me about it, and I immediately knew I had to try a school review activity with this Left Center Right dice game!
How to play Left Center Right
You can find a variety of Left Center Right dice games at most local stores, or on Amazon! It’s a simple set up – each player gets three tokens. Then each player rolls the three dice (or only as many as you have tokens left).
Each die has an L (left), an R (right) and a C (center) on it, as well as dots. When you roll an L, you pass a token to the person to the left. When you roll an R, you pass a token to the right, and when you roll a C, you place a token in the center. The dots mean you get to keep your token.
So it’s purely a game of chance. If you start your turn with just one token, you get to collect any tokens in the center. (At least, that is how we play).
How to use Left Center Right for a School Review Activity
I’m always looking for new ways to review math facts and other memory work from our Classical Conversations lessons. I knew the Left Center Right game would be perfect for a school review activity because of the simplicity of play.
What we do is simply pull out our fact cards (memory work cards for CC, addition/subtraction flashcards for math, or phonics cards from Logic of English), and our LCR game. I did not have an LCR game handy, so I made my own by writing on some extra dice I had, and using applesauce pouch lids for tokens.
I read a fact card/question to my son, and if he gets it right, he gets to play a round of LCR! Then I give my younger son a question, and he plays. Then my oldest reads me a question and I play.
You see how simple that is!? Yet it keeps reviewing basic facts from getting too boring, because there’s always a round of the LCR game to play after you get a question right! (And, if they don’t get the question right, we usually prompt them or give them another question so they get to play).
What is also perfect about LCR for a school review activity is how it can expand to large group play. One week in Sunday School we had some extra time to kill unexpectedly. I had brought the game and used it with Bible Trivia cards for a group of nine kids to play.
Have you ever used board games for a school review activity? Which ones do you find work well?
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