Dots & Boxes ・・・■

A classic pen-and-paper game where students must make a sentence/say a word to draw lines on a grid to make boxes. (The theme is heavily inspired by Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics)

How to Play (TL;DR Ver.):

  • Make pairs (can be played 2 or more players)
  • Rock, paper, scissors, winner goes first
  • Winner makes a sentence / says a word / whatever prompt you can come up with
  • Winner draws a line on the grid
  • Then it’s their partner's turn to do the same
  • The game continues until there are no more boxes to claim (or the game finishes until a player reaches an x amount of points first)
  • The player who gets the most points/reaches x points first wins
  • When the pair finishes one sheet, they come up to you to get a brand new sheet


There are some squares with bonus points, if the students can claim it by making a square, they can get the points.
- 2 Fingers = 2 points
- 3 Fingers = 3 points
- 5 Fingers = 5 points
- Poop = -1 point
- Claiming a blank box = 1 point


  • Printing Dots and Boxes Worksheet is optional but it'll be helpful with keeping track of points for each round.
  • Dots and Boxes Board + Instructions is shared between one pair.
  • I got the bonus points idea from a user on this site but I can’t find their activity anymore. If this is you, please let me know so that I can properly credit you!
  • The PPT includes both an English and Japanese instructions tutorial straight from the game.
  • To save paper, you can laminate the sheets and have the students use texters or markers to write on it. When they finish a round, they can erase it and get a new grid from you or use the same sheet.
  • If you want the DOCX files, I'm more than happy to upload them!
Submitted by unoplusunoistu March 21, 2024 Estimated time: 15-40 mins

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