This last spatial reasoning game we have for this month is a two player game where the goal is to get four markers in a row. This game is great because it provides a productive struggle. The board is constantly changing as each player moves a marker each turn. This will help our children strengthen not only their spatial reasoning skills but also their problem-solving skills and perseverance. Players will have to look at the position of the markers on the board and think of different outcomes for different moves they could make.

Materials:

• Quartette board print-out QUARTETTE BOARD
• 8 markers in two different colors ex. 4 red and 4 blue

Directions:

• Give each player their 4 markers in whatever color they choose
• Take your 4 markers of the same color and place them on the board so the colors alternate on the top and bottom rows
• Take turns moving your markers vertically or horizontally into any square that is adjacent and empty
• The first player to get four in a row wins!
• You must always move one of your markers on your turn, markers cannot be moved diagonally, and you cannot “jump” over someone else’s marker

As you are playing this game, it’s a great opportunity to work on logic with your child and have conversations about directions. Some things you could say are, “My marker needs to go up one space for me to get two next to each other, how many spaces does your marker need to move?” “Are you going to move yours right or left now?” “I have three markers next to one another, how many do you have?”

## Bilge Cerezci

Bilge Cerezci began her career as an educator in Turkey. After earning a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, she nurtured the development of young minds as a teacher in Turkish preschools. Cerezci moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue graduate studies at the Erikson Institute and completed her master’s degree in child development with an infancy specialization in 2009. She was awarded her PhD in applied child development from Loyola University Chicago and the Erikson Institute in 2017. During her doctoral studies, Cerezci worked for the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, which was launched in 2007 to enhance the quality of early math education by helping preschool and early elementary school teachers incorporate effective early math instruction into their classrooms. Her work for the Early Math Collaborative focused on the refinement of a new tool designed to measure the quality of mathematics instruction in preschools and elementary schools. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Child Development Department of the City Colleges of Chicago and the Teacher Education Department at Loyola University. Dr. Cerezci now resides in New York City, where she shares her knowledge and insights with the next generation of educators as an assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at St. John’s University.

## 3 Replies to “Quartette”

1. berenice rojas says:

This is a great game, not only is it simple in materials but the problem solving skills that a child will develop along with spatial reasoning are great. It also took me a second to realize that it can be used as an early introduction to checkers or chess.

2. Mary Kuenstler says:

Simple materials. Problem solving skills. Great use of math vocabulary and incorporating spatial reasoning.

3. Shirley says:

As a teacher, I like cost efficient and simple materials. Problem solving, spatial reasoning , and using vocabulary in one activity is an extra bonuses. Cute idea, thank-you.