Ojibwe Probability Stick Game

By Bev Caswell and Melinda Rody

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How to play

  • Place counters in the centre of your playing area.
  • Players take turns dropping their four sticks onto the playing area.
  • Once you drop your sticks, mark down a tally mark of your results, and grab that many counters from the centre.
  • Each player gets 15 turns each.
  • The player with the highest score wins.
  • Should there be a tie, players will have a “drop off” to declare the winner.


  • 4 popsicle sticks per student
  • Markers
  • Scoring sheet (Appendix A)
  • Counters
  • Pencil

Language in the Activity

  • On only one side of the stick, number them 1 to 4 in Ojibwe.
  • You may add other decorations to the numbered side of the stick, but leave one side completely blank.

1 – Bezhig
2 – Niizhin
3 – Nisso
4 – Niiwin