This is a game for two players.
Make a pile of ten items. Pens and pencils would be suitable.
Each player takes it in turn to remove one, two or three items.
The player to remove the last item is the winner.
Play the game four or five times then write down any strategies you may have found.
Are you good enough to challenge the computer at this game?
Here's the computer version:
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