Two dice as played in Polar Bears & Ice Holes

Polar Bears & Ice Holes

Fun lateral thinking puzzle to sharpen observation skills.

  • Easy set-up
  • Simple, but not easy
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Powerful metaphor
  • Great time-filler


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Comments (2)

  1. PhilG112

    I wasn’t sure what to do with 6. Are the two dots in the middle ice holes or polar bears?

    • Mark

      Phil, a 6 on the die means just 6 x polar bears (no ice holes.) As described in the instructions, only odd numbers (1, 3 & 5) feature a polar bear because there is a dot smack in the middle of the die’s top face. Make sense?

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