|Source: Multicultural Math
Toma Todo from Mexico
Children and grown-ups in Mexico often
play Toma Todo. They use a six-sided top called a Pirinola
or Topa. Probably the word Topa comes from the English
word "top." Two or more people play the game. In this
game, winning depends on luck, not on how well the people play.
Will you be lucky?
Write the Spanish words you see in the
To Start: Each person should
have ten chips or counters. Each player puts two chips in the center,
called the "pot."
To Play: Take turns spinning the Pirinola
once each. When it comes to rest, read aloud the instructions on the
highest part of the top. The player may be told to take one or two or
all the chips from the pot. Or the player may have to put one or two
chips into the pot. "Todos Ponen" means that every player
places two chips into the pot. When only one or two chips remain in
the pot, every player places two chips into the pot.
To Finish: Decide before you start how
many rounds you will play. A player who does not have enough chips to
play drops out of the game. The winner is the person with the most chips
at the end of the game.