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Activity Sheet: Nine Men's Morris

Stone with outline of Nine Men's Morris, found at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Use this activity sheet to learn how to play Nine's Men Morris, a board game played in Medieval Ireland. 

Click on the link below to download and print instructions on how to play Nine Men's Morris. This activity sheet includes the board of Nine Men's Morris that you can use to play or you can make your own board at home. There are also counters to cut out, or, you can use buttons, beads or shells as counters. 

Nine's Men Morris was very popular all over Medieval Europe. There have been the remains of Nine Men's Morris boards carved into pieces of stone and wood dating to Viking Ireland and Medieval Ireland. These are on display at the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. If you would like to find out more about ancient pastimes, make sure you check out our Past Times - A trail of ancience board games and pastimes activity booklet. 

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This activity is designed for children aged 7-12 years old and can be completed at home, as a family activity.

Nine's Men Morris Activity Sheet

Nine's Men Morris Activity Sheet - black and white printer friendly version

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