Play red roses

This timeless tossing game makes math skills bloom.

You'll Need

  • Six flat stones
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored markers
  • Stickers
  • Plastic container capable of holding all six stones


30 minutes

Learning Stages

Take your child for a walk and collect six small flat stones. When you bring them home, wash the stones to remove any dirt. On one side of five of the stones, paint a daisy (or use a sticker). On one side of the sixth stone, paint a red rose. Follow the instructions below to play the game:

  1. Find a playing area that won't be scratched by the stones (a sidewalk, porch, etc.).
  2. Place the stones in the empty plastic container.
  3. Players take turns shaking the plastic container and gently tossing the stones onto the playing area.
  4. Each stone with a daisy that lands face up is worth three points. Each stone landing face up with a red rose is worth 10 points. The first player to reach 100 points wins.