• Ayela Khuhro

Hubbub: Make your game and play it too!

Hubbub is a popular American Indian game that you can play with family and friends. It is a game of chance that has been played by many American Indian tribes from various regions of North America for several centuries.

In this activity, you will learn how to make and decorate your own Hubbub game pieces. Then you will learn how to play the game!

4 + Player Game

Make your game pieces:


Hubbub can be played with any relatively flat 2-sided objects for the game pieces (pennies, buttons, small washers) or you can make your own from natural objects such as peach pits, nectarine pits or unshelled almonds. These game pieces are called “dice”.

Before playing, the dice need to be decorated so that one side looks different from the other. Students can use markers, paint, masking tape with symbols, etc. Just be sure that the decoration is only on one side.


To keep score, players use “counting sticks”. Straws are great as counting sticks, but you can also use craft sticks (which won’t roll away), pencils, skewers, etc.


· Each team must consist of at least two people.

· Each team will need 1 bowl, 31 counting sticks and 5 pieces for “dice.”

· In a bowl, shake the decorated tokens three times while the other players chant “hubbub” as a distraction, then roll the tokens.

· Count how many pieces of dice land with the decorated side facing up.

· Take that number and count out as many sticks and keep them – these are the number of points you have earned.

· Continue taking turns until you run out of sticks.

· The player with the most sticks wins!

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