Shut the Box is a game rapidly increasing in popularity. It's origins are traced back to Northern France (Normandy or the Channel Islands) where it has been played for at least two hundred years and is a game popular with sailors and fishermen.
The rules of play are simple. Each box features the numbers 1-12 with wooden "keys" in front of each number. Simply roll the dice and add the numbers on each dice together. You can either close the key over the exact number that matches, or close multiple keys that add up to the number rolled.
For example, if you roll a "2" on one die and a "6" on the other, you could either close off the number "8" or the "6" and the "2". Each player continues to roll the dice and close keys until they can no longer make any moves. Their turn is then over, and any open keys count as points. The object of the game is to have the lowest score possible. The player with the least amount of points after everyone has taken a turn wins.
The high box walls make it easy to roll the dice without losing them. Each game is made from beautifully stained wood and features a green felt-lined interior. Two dice are included with every game.
Shut the Box can be played as a single-player game, or with a group of people. It's a great way to help teach kids basic math skills and is sure to provide hours of entertainment.