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Instructions for Snakes & Ladders

Updated February 21, 2017

Snakes and Ladders is a game that can teach math skills as well as be entertaining. The origin of the game appears to be a second-century Indian teaching tool to help children to learn the difference between evil and good. Another version of the game, which appeared in the United States in 1943, is played in the same manner but features chutes in place of snakes on the game board. Snakes and Ladders is a simple, easy-to-understand game of chance that can be played by people of all ages.

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  1. Begin with the game pieces off the board, next to the number "1" space.

  2. Have the first player roll the die. That person then moves his game piece the number that he rolls on the die.

  3. Have the second player roll the die. She moves her game piece the number that she rolls on the die.

  4. Continue this pattern until the game is over.

  5. Move around the board in number order. Move from Space 1 to 2 to 3 and so on until you reach Space 100.

  6. Move your piece up the ladder to the space where the ladder ends, if it lands exactly on a spot with the beginning of a ladder.

  7. Move your piece down, to the space where the snake ends, if it lands at the beginning of a snake.

  8. Reach space 100 by exact roll and win the game. For example, if you're one space away from Space 100, you must roll a 1 to win.

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About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.

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