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This is a variation on a traditional Inuit game. Print out the outline of the seal flipper bones and cut on the lines to get each bone separate from the others. Make a set of bones for each player. Now mix up all the bones and put them in a bag. Each player draws five paper bones out of the bag.

bones of a seal flipperPrint this image to get the seal bones and play the game!

When everyone has their bones, say, “Go!” and everyone can begin putting their bones together. To win, you need to have all your bones right to make a flipper. But you may not even have the right bones!

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