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The national game of India is Parchisi, known as Parcheesi to Americans. Known as Pachisi, Parchisi, Parchesi, and Twenty-Five, it is a descendent of the older game of Chaupar.
Arrange two to four children around each game board. Explain the game:
Parcheesi is a race between two, three, or four players moving pawn pieces around a board. Each player starts from their home base and races the others to a shared center.
Each player has four matching pawns. The game starts with each player's pawns in their home circle.
Players roll two die when it is their turn and move their pawns by following these guidelines:
Invite the children to begin playing.
With a few minutes left, ask children to finish their games and help gather the pieces and put away the Parcheesi sets. Re-gather the group and process with these questions:
Most children this age will be understand the game's rules and goal, even if they have never seen it before, while some may quickly grasp the strategic opportunities. As with any game of competition, the excitement level can accelerate quickly. Have an adult "coach" at each table. Be aware of children who cannot tolerate loud noise or overstimulation.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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