Golden Nugget Game

Summary: Players must learn to strategize in order to get the most candy!


  • Bowls
  • Candy


  1. Separate the group into teams of 3 to 5. Give each team a bowl of candy with double the pieces that there are players. For example, a group of 5 should receive a bowl with 10 pieces of candy.
  2. Explain that the object of the game is to get the most candy for yourself.
  3. The game works in rounds. When the facilitator says “Go!”, players can take as many pieces of candy as they want.
  4. At the end of each round (determined by the facilitator), the amount of candy left in the bowl is doubled (up to the original amount) before the next round begins.
  5. The game ends when all of the teams have no more candy left.
  6. Before beginning the game, make sure to explain the following rules:
    1. Players have to keep their hands to themselves. For example, players cannot attempt to take candy away from someone.
    2. There is no talking during the game.
    3. Players must wait until the end of the game to eat their candy.

Debrief Questions:

  • What is “cooperation”? Was cooperation important in this game?
  • Was it a good idea to take all the candy for yourself?
  • How did your actions in the game affect the other people in your group?

Activity Length: Medium (15-30 minutes)

Energy Level: Medium

Grade Level: 5th, 6th & Up

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9)