A Number Game: Bulls Eye

By in Featured Stories, Fun & Games on 17 March 2008

This is a great game. As a fifth grader, it really makes you think – makes you use a little bit of logic. I remember playing it in the fifth grade. Our teacher would give the winner a small bag of candy to take home.

Of course this game can be played by younger children, but because it involves some logic skills, it might be better for older kids.

Number of players required:
One person to be a “deer” or any animal you want. You also need a group of people to be the “hunters.” The more hunters, the merrier. My fifth grade class had 25 students or so.

Object of game:
For the group to correctly guess the three numbers in the right order (or to get three Bulls Eye).

Supplies needed
Paper, pencil, and a large blackboard and chalk or large whiteboard and dry erase marker.

Rules of Game:
The “deer” picks three numbers ranging from 0 – 9 and write it down on a sheet of paper. Do not let any of the “hunters” see it. This is only in case the hunters requests to see the paper after the game is over to verify the winner. Or in case the deer forgets which numbers he chose.

The first hunter picks three numbers. If one of the numbers picked by the hunter is in the same place as one of the numbers picked by the deer, then there is one Bulls Eye. If the hunter picks a number that is picked by the deer but is in a different order, then there is one Hit. If none of the numbers is picked by the deer, then there is a Miss.

If the first number is a B (Bulls Eye), he does not have to tell the hunters that the first number is a Bulls Eye. He just has to tell them that there is a Bulls Eye. It is the hunter’s job to figure out which number is the Bulls Eye (or which number is the same number in the same location).

Unless the first hunter picks three Bulls Eyes, then the next hunter gets to pick the next three numbers. The game continues until there are three Bulls Eyes. The person who guesses three Bulls Eyes wins the game.


Deer picks 345 and writes that number down on a sheet of paper and puts it in his pocket.

Hunter #1 picks: 123

Deer writes on the blackboard: HMM (for Hit, Miss, Miss). In this case, the 3 is correct but is in the wrong location. Therefore, it’s a Hit. Notice that the Deer does NOT have to write MMH. This will be too obvious. It is the hunter’s job to figure out which number is a Hit.

Hunter #2 picks: 198

Deer writes on blackboard: MMM. This should also tell the hunters to eliminate 1 as the correct number and that either 2 or 3 is the Hit number (from Hunter #1 above).

Hunter #3 picks: 430

Deer writes on blackboard: HMH. (Remember, the Deer can write the H, M, or B in any order).

Hunter #4 picks: 463

Deer writes on blackboard: MBH. At this point, the hunters should be able to deduce that 3 and 4 are the correct number and one of then is in the correct location.

Hunter #5 picks: 347

Deer writers: BMB

Hunter #6 picks: 345

Deer writes: BBB

The bag of candy goes to Hunter #6!


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