This is a wonderful game with many variations and lots of underlying
mathematical ideas. It can be played cooperatively or competitively - or both,
by working together in teams to compete with other teams. Children often master
the rules more quickly than do adults, which adds to their fun.
Here’s a brief outline of the way I introduce the
to people from about 8
years old to 80. If you would prefer a much more detailed approach, with many
examples, go to page 30 of the Nov 2016 issue of The
For children under 8, try introducing the basic rule of Set by using only the
solid colours. It’s surprising how quickly they will pick it up. Then you
can add the rest of the cards to include all the shadings.
Here is a list of Set
have been successful with all ages.
You can find the game of Set at finer toy stores for about $16. Or make your
, using simpler shapes such
as circle, triangle, rectangle. Here
is a version on legal-sized paper.
See the official Set website for an electronic
with new puzzles every day,
as well as some discussions of different ways to use the cards and some of the