Petrosains, The Discover Centre | Discover STEM

Move Till Blocked!

Playing games is one of many ways to practice science process skills​.

But the question is,

How can we practice or enhance science process skills by just playing games?

Challenge yourself with this puzzle game. Just move the paperclips, but careful not to get trap.

Master the games fast so that you can trap the other player! Good luck!​

Here is your challenge:

Move a paperclip, one at a time.

BEWARE not to get trap!

Which route should you take so that you will not be trapped and be the WINNER?

Items that you need:

A piece of plain paper

A ruler

A pen

4 paperclips ​

(e.g.: 2 black, 2 red)

What do you need to prepare?​

How to play?​

Setting Up

Each player will pick one coloured paperclip (ensure different colour each)​


Then, decide which player will go first. (suggestion: Rock, Paper, Scissors.)

First Move

The first player will move a paper clip to the available dots.

Second Move

Next, it’s the second player’s turn to move his/her paperclip to the available dots.


Repeat the same step until one of the players is blocked.


The PLAYER WHO MANAGED TO BLOCK the other player is the WINNER.

Do you know..

By playing this game, ​you are practicing some of the scientific skills that are important in STEM learning?


The basis for scientific discoveries is being a good observer. Which will help in thinking critically and solve problems.


To find the answer to problems you are trying to solve.


Offer building challenges that create STEM learning opportunities.


Explain that patterns are displays in nature or are made by people that repeat themselves.

The scientific skills are:

Strategic thinking skills​

To plan for the future​.

Problem solving​

Use logic, imagination, to make sense of a situation and come up with an intelligent solution. ​

Creative thinking​

To think differently, to see from a new angle or perspective.

Tactile perception​

The brain’s ability to understand information coming from the skin.

Observation skill​

Inform us about objects, events, attitudes and phenomena using one or more senses.

Making prediction​

Is made about the outcome of a future event based upon a pattern of evidence.​