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Counting eggs - maths resource number lineThis is another Counting Display like Flower Counting, Car Counting and Spider Counting, this number-line resources has been designed to help&nbs Read more »

Bingo Bonds Maths GameHere's a fun reverse bingo game... I call it 'reverse' because the Bingo Boards the children use all feature written subtraction problems, such as ‘50 – 32’ or ‘50 – 19’. Read more »

probability - digit card gameThis is a straightforward number game for 2-4 players. You need 4 sets of 0-9 digit cards, a sand timer (or stopwatch) and individual whiteboards (or notepaper). Read more »

This resource consists of 100 cards grouped into pairs of numbers which sum to 100.

Print and cut out some or all of the cards - you may, for example, only choose to use specific pairs of numbers:


10-90, 20-80, 30-70... or
9-91, 19-81, 29-71... or
1-99, 11-89, 21-79... for example
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teaching place value-gameWe are looking at Place Value again... and all the teachers who have used this have found it to be a real hit with their children!

It is basically a grid of numbers.

The children take it in turns to roll a dice and choose a card. Together, the dice and the card indicate a number value - if the children find this value on their sheet they colour it in (or cover it with a counter - if you are recycling the game boards)

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Teaching early money skillsHere's a simple money game that will help young children to develop their early coin recognition and money calcualtion skills.

The basic idea is that the chidlren play in pairs, taking it in turns to roll a dice and to collect a number of coins that matches the dice roll. The children are collecting coins to 'feed the Money Monster' and they have to be careful when selecting the coins so that they make the correct total. Read more »

teaching-place value

This is a very simple collection of 'cards' you can use to support place value.

Throughout the Summer we asked for suggestions of maths teaching resources you would like to see added to mathsicks.com. This was one of them - a way to link Tens and Units with other, different representations of numbers.

 

 

The 9 page pdf download features 72 cards showing four different ways to represent numbers: Read more »

teaching maths shape namesHere's a straightforward Shape Matching Game for two players.

The board consists of a track around the perimeter with a 'shopping list' of shapes for each player. The idea is that children take it in turns to roll a dice and move a counter around the perimeter track. Each time they land on a shape they need to check their 'shopping list' to match the shape to its correct name. They may tag the shape name with a counter as they go. Read more »

teaching co-ordinatesIf you have been teaching co-ordinates, you will know that some children grasp the concept very quickly while others can struggle with it. Here's a set of 5 grids especially developed to give children plenty of practice while keeping the teaching/learning fun and engaging. Read more »

teaching number bonds - maths gameHere is another set of cards designed to offer children lots of practice with number bonds to 10. The downloadable pack includes a set of 24 0-10 digit cards for use in 'Find the Pairs' games.

The file also includes a complete set of 'dotty-number' cards and instructions too.

 

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Sudoku Jigsaw PuzzlesWe have taken our 4 by 4 Sudoku Jigsaw Puzzles and expanded them (in several directions) for our mathsticks+ members. Here we have 4 new 6 by 6 Sudoku puzzles transformed into jigsaws. Read more »

teaching maths - sudoku puzzlesBy rights these should be called Sudoku Puzzle Jigsaws... it's a development of our Magic Square Jigsaws. Sudoku puzzles have always offered fantastic problem solving opportunities - see here for our stock of Sudoku related mathstick resources. Read more »

calculation vocabulary teaching activity - maths resourceHere's a wonderful adaptation of the mathsticks Shape Taboo game. Mary K., one of our mathsticks members created this for her Year 2 class. So, as she says, the calculation words were designed with "KS1 in mind as they form part of a scheme of work about vocabulary I have just done. Read more »

Quick maths starters sometimes need to be simple and straightforward - and you don't get any simpler than this. A series of speedy questions where the only response is "True" or "False". However, as you might guess, there's a great deal of maths going on behind this 'simple' activity.

So, what have we got for you?

A PowerPoint presentation that displays clear statements like this: Read more »

Teaching counting - ladybird activityA 'FlapJack' is a counting puzzle designed to help young children recognise different ways of achieving a total.

I'm not sure where the original name came from, but it is a distant memory that it was based on counting currants in real flap jack biscuits. We featured a version of this in our Christmas eBook for 2011. Here we have an updated version for summer! Read more »

Place Value materialsPlace Value (or base ten) materials, like Dienes equipment, have proven highly successful as way of helping children  to understand this important concept. Read more »

teaching doubles - maths gameWe have taken our Doubling and Halving maths game and created three more versions for our mathsticks+ members. Read more »

Doubling and Halving gameThis is an entertaining maths game intended for Y1 children who are learning their 'doubles'. The focus should enable the children to develop their understanding of doubles from 1+1 to 10+10, as well as using the mathematical terms 'double' and 'half'.

You will need a copy of the game-board (attached as a downloadable file), a dice and a set of counters. Read more »

Free Maths Game BoardsOur previous blank maths Game Boards have proven so popular we decided to put together a larger collection in the form of an eBook.

Here, we are offering a free sample of 6* new boards - the complete eBook contains 26 high quality game boards - check out the full details here: Blank Game Boards Pack. Read more »

maths bookmarksOne of the keys to really enjoying maths work is to help children to see the fun they can have with numbers. Just like we take every possible opportunity to engage children in reading, they should be encouraged to play with numbers wherever and whenever they see them. Read more »

place value gameHere's another very useful Place Value game. This one focused primarily on reading numbers and recognizing 'place value'. The game follows the familiar "I have... Who has?" format.

The children are given a selection of cards, each with a "I have..." statement, a number and then a "Who has...?" question. Read more »

maths number line - car themeQ. How many cars does it take to make a Number Line?

A. Half as many as you think it would...

That's because we've just built a number-line using 'cars' as the theme - and using the shape of the cars themselves to accentuate the odd and even numbers. Read more »

Doubles and near doubles maths gameA simple, versatile maths resource that has proven to be both popular and useful.

Here are 32 cards featuring the numbers 3 to 10 together with images depicting doubles or near doubles. These can be used as flash cards, labels or 'stations' on a washing line. However, they were originally designed to be used in Snap games.  Read more »

Counting Cars - maths resource number lineThis is another Counting Display similiar to Flower Counting and Spider Counting, this simple number resources has been designed so that young children can develop their understanding of counting and number recognition. Read more »

Rocket Space themed maths gameJust when you thought it was safe to put the dice back in the tin we are back with yet another Dice Game. In fact, this one just missed out on being included in our Dice Games eBook - but the children who tested it out for us really enjoyed it so we decided to post it in any case. Read more »

Broomstick measurement - halloween mathThis very simple, quick resource was suggested by one of our members.

The children are given several images of different sized broomsticks; they can sort these according to length, or measure them - using non-standard units or in cm or even mm. Read more »

counting resource for schoolsThis all started a year ago with our Spider Counting resource. We had a couple of requests for something more pleasant so we added Flower Counting. Now, we've been asked to do something on a more specific Halloween theme. Hence, we went for pumpkin Counting. Read more »

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Number Bonds Game Boards

Here we have further developed out Bonds to 10 Rocket Game to offer a full set of seven Bond game board-games. Read more »

100 square with written numbers rather than numeralsHere's a couple of alternative 100-squares; this time featuring written numbers rather than numerals. Yes, these 100 squares go from one to one-hundred instead of 1 to 100. Perfect to support children getting to grips with number names. Read more »

100 square maths resourceI find it hard to believe mathsticks has been going for so long and we haven't ever published any 100 square jigsaws.

Well, it's obviously time we corrected that particular injustice. So, here are four of them. Read more »

I'm thinking of a numberThis is an update on the well-known “I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 100” game. In the original number game children are helped to ask a series of sensible questions in order to determine the ‘secret’-thought-of number. Read more »

Maths Champion RewardsWe thought it would be a timely addition to our mathsticks resources to offer a trio of carrots...  So if you have a child (or group of children) who deserve a little extra praise for their mathematical work you could give them something a little bit more meaningful than a sticker. Read more »

mental and oral maths

This week I am sharing an idea by Kelly Malloy.

I have followed Kelly's tweets for a while now and recently found her "Two heads are better than one" Place Value sheet. She has given me permission to share this here. Read more »

mental and oral maths

This is a straightforward mental and oral maths idea to encourage the children to use and apply their calculation skills. We've given it a small Mathsticks twist by utilising a unique visual resource, but more about that later.

Here's what happens.

A two digit random number is generated either by rolling two dice or selecting digit cards. This is the target number, and it is displayed on the board. Read more »

mental and oral maths

Here’s another versatile calculation-based Mental and Oral starter.

We are looking at number problems with multiple operations. For example, you display the following number sentence, or equation (since it is a mixed calculation there is no logical way we can call it a "sum").

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Doubling and Halving Flash CardsWe have taken one of our most popular bonds to 10 flash card set and reinvented them as a doubling and halving resource.

Here we have 12 double-sided flash cards featuring a friendly triceratops. On his back he is displaying a number, turn him around to show that he is chewing his way through double that number. Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis Mental & Oral starter is based on an idea from John Taylor’s book JumpStart! Numeracy.

The focus is on using shortcuts to quickly add and subtract 9 and 8 mentally. For our version you will need a set of coloured cards. Scraps of paper or even post it notes will do. We used blue and yellow paper squares. You need enough so that half of the class (or group) can  have one colour and the other half the remaining colour. Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis starter idea focusses on 2D Shape. In particular the properties of shape and the correct use of shape related vocabulary. Like most of our mental and oral starter ideas it can be used as a group or individual activity too.

It is related to the "Target Board" activity we explored in Mental Mondays #13

Here's how this one works. You show a grid of 30 numbered shapes: Read more »

teaching maths with diceThis is a simple, fun dice game for two players. The focus is on reinforcing calculation skills and looking for combinations of numbers that create specific totals.

The game uses a windows board which is based on a photograph of a real building, the resource could be used as part of a topic on buildings or homes. Or the idea can be transferred to large-scale use in the playground using chalk or card numbers. Read more »

mental and oral mathsIn our previous mental and oral suggestion (Mental Monday #12) we focussed on calculation. That activity involved displaying a grid of numbers and challenging the children to choose numbers to solve specific problems. Read more »

Flower counting linesThis resource is in response to a member's request. They liked our Spider Counting resource but wanted something a little more 'girl friendly'. We thought of flowers - sorry, you see we can be predictable when we try! Read more »

Boxes a maths calculation gameThis is a unique twist on an old pencil and paper game. The focus is on addition, subtraction and multiplication, as well as adding a little strategic thinking and problem solving.

The children work in pairs on a 'dotty' sheet, playing a version of boxes... they take it in turns to join two horizontally or vertically adjacent dots by a line. Read more »

money recognition - bingo gameHere's a further development of our earlier Coin Recognition, Coin Bingo game. Like that earlier resource, this can be used as a simple sorting and matching activity. However, it was designed to be used as a bingo game involving calculation. Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis mental and oral starter is a quick way to display a range of calculations.

Like our other mental and oral starter ideas this is easy to adapt to suit the needs and abilities of a range of children.

The idea here consists of a coloured number grid and a series of questions. We have attached a PowerPoint file with a selection of grids.

You display one such gird, like this: Read more »

Easter maths gameHere's a quirky little game idea with an Easter/Egg theme.

The focus is on addition and subtraction of small numbers, and the activities are perfect for early Key Stage 1 children. Read more »

mental and oral mathsWith this week’s mental and oral starter idea we are thinking about counting on (and counting back) and place value.

Like most of our other suggestions this can very easily be adapted to suit the needs of your children, which means it could be used with Early Years right up to Key Stage 3. We have also found that it adds a renewed level of interest and enthusiasm to ‘counting on’. Read more »

Calculation GameThis little number hunt activity could be used as a paired-starter, or as a game.

The focus is on finding trios of numbers which can be used to create addition and/or subtraction sentences.

For example, 4, 6, 10 are triples since they can be used as the basis for the following simple calculations:
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fun number bonds card gameHere's another versatile little number bond Maths game. You don't need many teaching resources, a handful of counters and a pack of number cards.

The game is related to the children's card game 'Donkey' (aka Old Maid). In that game the children have a set of cards each of which has a matching pair except for one (the Donkey card). Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis week's Mental and Oral activity is a little different - not one idea, but five.

We thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the maths games and resources we have already published here... and find a handful that could easily be turned into fresh Mental and Oral starters for almost any class. So, we have selected the following five:

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Stamp Bingo-coin recognitionWe've had this idea in our heads for some time now but always wanted to do something a bit special with it.

Well, here it is a Coin Recognition bingo game, with a difference... what's the difference? A good dash of mathstick's quality!

 The resource consists of a series of Bingo Boards, each depicting nine stamps. The stamps show different monetary values, one of each coin. Read more »

mental and oral mathsHere's a little gem that turns those very versatile empty number lines on their heads - figuratively speaking!

The main virtue of an empty number line is that 'emptyness' - they can be adapted to any purpose. Here, we keep them empty and challenge children to use their 'problem solving skills' and to use and apply their knowledge of number calculations to determine which numbers are missing. Read more »

written numbers and ordinalsThis is a double set of number cards sized to match our Ladder Boards.

The downloadable pdf file contains:

A a set of written number cards from "one" to "twenty" for providing opportunities for children to read, sort and order numbers using the written 'name'. Read more »

Number bond resources - cuisenaire circlesMaths teaching can be a little predictable at times. The idea here is to offer a different way of visualising addition problems and number bond sequences to 10. Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis time we offer a Mental and Oral activity which focusses on using a specific strategy to give addition a speed boost.

This teaching activity enables children to gain confidence in reordering the numbers of an addition problem to make that problem easier. The focus is on looking for pairs which create a specific total.

You show an addition problem like this one: Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis Mental and Oral activity is based on using number fans or digit cards to aid understanding of number properties or offer opportunities to practice calculations. Read more »

number lines for teachersHere is a very versatile collection of simple number lines. While they are not uncommon, there never seems to be just the one that you want!

We thought long and hard about that and decided to design this range of numberlines. Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis Mental and Oral activity is based on the properties of shape.

It is quite a simple idea, but the focus is on the correct use of vocabulary and on the children's thinking skills. Therefore, as well as being a 'thoughtful' starter, it will also generate some good assessment opportunites.

Here's how we play it: Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis Mental and Oral activity revolves around number bonds (or complements) to 100.

Children work in pairs, using a mini-whiteboard. Ask them to draw a three by three grid and to quickly fill the grid with different multiples of 5. When they have completed this the teacher starts to call out random multiples of 5, children can circle a number on their grid if it is the other half of the pair totalling exactly 100 (the complement to 100). Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis Mental and Oral activity focuses on developing children's use and understanding of number properties.

Children work in pairs, using a mini-whiteboard or a scribble pad in order to determine the identity of two 'secret' numbers. The information you give them about these numbers is related to addition and multiplication, for example: Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis first Mental & Oral activity is focused on collaborative calculation. The children are shown four numbers with the instruction that they work in pairs on mini-whiteboards to devise calculations that will make all four numbers equal.

The activity is easily prepared and can be differentitated. Younger children could be asked to use addition (and/or subtraction). For example, with the following four numbers displayed... Read more »

mental and oral mathsMental and Oral calculation work was introduced nationally in 1999 as part of the National Numeracy Strategy. At the time, there was a concern that children's mental calculation skills were weak. As a result the focus of each mathematical lesson was on strengthening children's oral and mental skills. Read more »

origami jeep - maths shape activityOrigami is a fantastic way to give children plenty of opportunities to work with shapes.

While folding they are not only listening to instructions and manipulating the paper shapes but you can also add a few assessment questions in as you proceed - and encourage the children to ask you (and each other) questions about the shapes they are making. Read more »

place value Here is the first of several new Christmas themed mathsticks resources for 2011.

Place Value Labels is problem solving activity focused on strengthening children's understanding of place value. [No, it's not just a set of 'labels']. Read more »

Coin counting resourceWe've taken our very popular Digit Window Frame resources and given them a little twist... we've added money. So, here's a 'hunt and seek' activity for children getting to grips with coin recognition.

Cut out the window cards and challenge the children to place the frames on the coin mats so that specific amounts show through. Read more »

Divide and RideThis is a colourful, fun and entertaining book that focuses on the usefulness of 'division' – the children like the setting of the ‘fun fair’ and enjoy working out what is need to complete each ride.

This is thoroughly recommended chiefly because it is so well written and illustrated, the explanations are clearly and the story elements will hold the attention of most young children. Read more »

multi step problems for school mathsA number of members have asked for another series of the two-stage problems that featured in our original Problem Talk resource.

Here is the result: a set of 20 multi-step written problems, these are specifically designed to offer appropriate challenge for Y2 and Y3 children.

 

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Calculator activity - addition and subtraction resource

This is a follow-up to our popular Calculator Activity-1.

While that original resource focused exclusively on Addition, this one helps children develop their understanding (and accuracy) when reading written numbers and calculating with both addition and subtraction.

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Take-away subtraction maths gameThis is a fun, two-player game focusing on subtraction.

The unique maths game uses counters and a dice and is ideal for practicing number-bonds to 10. 

The Take Away board consists of 16 numbered squares in a grid. The game-play is quite simple so the focus remains on the maths. Read more »

mental and oral number journeyThis is a great way to get children discussing the mental strategies they use when calculating.

The idea is that the children have to follow a series of instructions to arrive at an unknown number. The image on the left shows a chain of number operations. The starting point is 2, to which 4 is added (making 6), this is then multiplied by 2 (giving 12), divided by 6 (making 2) then, finally, 1 is added (to end with 3). Read more »

maths teachers - addition and place value bingo gameHere's another 'why didn't I think of that' moment - a stunning place-value and calculation activity (well, we think it's fairly stunning). I had nearly forgotten about it until we started looking through some old work files in the garage. Read more »

Number bonds to 15This is an obvious development of our Make 10 and Make 20 activities.

The downloadable pdf file contains three 10 by 10 grids of numbers. The children have the challenge of finding a line of three numbers that total 15. Each board features 14 or 16 such lines of numbers.

If the sheets are laminated the children can be encouraged to work together with white-board pens to find as many as they can. Read more »

Cloak for the Dreamer - shape and geometryA Cloak for the Dreamer by Aileen Friedman (Author) and Kim Howard (Illustrator)

This is a wonderful family story of a tailor and his sons as they design and create three cloaks. The mathematical focus is on how geometric shapes fit together to create beautiful designs, however, the book also offers a wonderful message about following your own dreams. Read more »

spider number line - not just for halloweenSpiders aren't just for Hallowe'en.

This clean, simple number resources is designed to enable young children to develop their understanding of counting and number recognition.

The lines of spider images show quantities from zero to ten, matched to numerical labels. Read more »

Childrens 4x4 sudoku puzzlesWe've been working with Sudoku puzzles for a few years now. It is easy to see how useful they are in helping children develop or refine their logical, problem solving skills. The one difficulty is, however, that some Sudoku puzzles look really ugly and overly complicated.

Our designs use a different approach. We think this finally brings Sudoku firmly into the classroom, with a meaningful, colourful and clear approach. Read more »

Touchdown number gameThis is a simple, yet fun, grid game that gives children plenty of practice in adding positive and negative integers. The game is designed to be played outside, or in a large area - however, a desktop version could easily be adapted.

The download consists of the following 19 (A4 sized) cards: Read more »

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probability - digit card gameThis is a simple digit card game to help children practice mentally addition and subtraction strategies.

The fun maths game uses only 10 digit cards (numbered from 1 to 10 and works with a group of 4 - 5 children.

One child (let's call him Daniel) mixes all of the cards and hands each of the other children in the group a card, face-down. Read more »

Teachers maths flash cards - number bonds to 20This is a simple flash card, flip-over maths resource. A double-sided card showing a mathsticks character and a number. The original Flash Card Number Bonds (to 10), have been so popular we decided to create this set to compliment those
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Maths calculator gameThis is a straightforward number chasing game for two children using a calculator. The game give children plenty of practice using a calculator and encourages them to solve multiplication and division problems mentally. Read more »

High quality maths game boards

Here we have eight more maths game boards you can adapt to be used with any maths concepts. Just like our original set (10 Blank Game Boards) there aren't any notes or instructions with these boards. However, they have been designed so that you  (or your class) can easily adapt them to use as you wish.  Read more »

target number mathes game

To play the game, the boards should be cut out and laminated. Children then write on them with a whiteboard pen. The players also need a set of 0-9 digit cards between them. Read more »

mathematical magic tricks for teachersIn this simple mathematical trick you are able to tell the children the value of two secretly rolled dice. This works well with a group of children, but could also work well with the whole class.

Here's how it goes: Read more »

number bonds - adding strategiesAnother number bonds resource; but this one is a perfect starter activity.

The activity gives children plenty of practice at looking for bonds to 10 hidden in a series of numbers... Why? To aid their calculation skills.

For example, when adding 6 + 2 + 4 it is a useful strategy to mentally gather together the digits that add to 10: Read more »

This simple maths game started out as a number line activity.

Basically, it gives children the opportunities to practice calculating differences between small numbers. It's ideal for Reception or Y1, but the basic concept can also be adjusted to suit older children.

Children work in pairs with one gameboard, a set of dominoes and one counter between them. Read more »

teaching timeThis resource is a collection of 72 time cards depicting specific times in three ways:
      - an image of a clock-face,
      - the time in words, and
      - a digital representation of the same time. Read more »

Rocket digit cards for schoolAfter we had put together the Rocket Bond game we decided to reuse the main graphic to make these simple digit cards.

There are 26 A6 cards here showing the numbers 0 to 25. Four cards to an A4 page.

Print and cut out, laminate and use in whatever sorting, ordering, counting, activities you desire. Read more »

number bonds to 10 - game-boardNumber bonds are so vital to the development of further mathematical skills that you cannot have too many opportunities to practice and refine them.

Here's a simple, yet tightly focused maths game that enables children to practice working with number bonds to 10.

The board (and associated digit cards) has a 'space' theme to mark 50 years of manned space exploration. Read more »

teaching number bonds to 10This maths resource is directly related to the Make 20 number grids.

The pdf download here features a series of 8 by 8 girds of numbers. The numbers have been chosen to offer the children plenty of opportunities to practice number bonds of 10. If the sheets are laminated, the children can work together to find pairs of numbers which total 10. Each board contains 14 or more such pairs. No numbers are used twice, and the pairs only run horizontally and vertically. Read more »

number bonds to 20This is a 'Word Search' inspired activity.

Each card features a 10 by 10 grid of numbers. The children have the challenge of finding a line of four numbers that total 20. Each board features 12 or 14 such strings of numbers.

If the cards are laminated the children can be encouraged to work together with white-board pens to find as many as they can. Read more »

Easter egg sudoku puzzlesThe Sudoku activities in our Christmas Resource book were so well received we decided to offer these Easter Egg themed sudoku puzzles.

These are beginner stage, 4 by 4 grids. They follow the usual Sudoku rules but use Egg pictures instead of numbers. Each puzzle card is accompanied by the appropriate number of coloured egg-tiles so children can complete the problem by re-arranging the tiles. This makes a great interactive display. Read more »

egg tangram puzzlesThis is an egg tangram puzzle, often called the Magic Egg. The nine pieces can be reassembled to create numerous shapes - most popular ones are birds! The resource can be printed out and children challenged to create the images. The process of piecing together the individual shapes supports the children's logical thinking, reasoning, and visual problem-solving skills. Read more »

This maths resource is an adaptation of our Flip Flop number bonds and can be used in exactly the same way (see the original description for details). However, the images on this resource have been chosen to permit it to be used to demonstrate fractions of a set. Read more »

Addition gameIt wasn't a great stretch to take the Times Tables Noughts and Crosses maths game we developed a few weeks ago, and turn it into an Addition activity. A number of people requested it to use with older children who still need plenty of practice with addition... so here it is! Read more »

Sorting Shapes Maths GamesThis is a series of activities and games closely related to the popular Number Properties Clue Game. In this version, however, the focus is on the properties of quadrilaterals.

The downloadable file (see the attachment link below) includes a set of the 16 quadrilaterals that can be created on a 9-pin pegboard and a set of 22 'property cards'.

Print the set onto card and cut the 16 quadrilaterals and all of the property cards into separate items. Read more »

Telling the time - teaching strategiesTelling the time on an analogue clock is an awkward skill; there are too many muddled concepts and no clear path. Children are inundated with vocabulary (half-past, quarter to, o'clock, 11:45...), with mixed concepts (counting in 12, counting in fives, fractions...) and too-few opportunities to practice the skill in real life! In our experience, most teachers and nearly all children find the whole process a pain. Read more »

Here's a set of five clock jigsaws designed to help children become more familiar with the numbers on a clockface. The clocks are all different and have been chosen to represent the diverse range of clock-faces children may see or use in the 'real world' - but with a focus on 'readability' too.

Each clock is divided into 12 segments so the children (individually, or in pairs) can reassemble them using the clock numbers to assist them. Read more »

Number ordering and recognitionThis is an extension of our earlier 'Number Track' activity designed to help children practice recognising and ordering higher numbers.

Again, the children need a copy of the attached* Number Track board and the 20 to 49 digit cards (also on the downloadable file). Read more »

Pemanism measuring gameThis is a simple activity for children to practice comparing units of measurement. It is based on the game of pairs, or 'Concentration'.

The resource consists of 18 pairs of cards featuring metric measurements for capacity, weight and linear measurement.

To make this maths resource: downloads the Attachment and print out the four page pdf, cut into separate cards and laminate if you wish. Read more »

times table target boards

These represent a simple but fun way for children to record their developing skills with the times tables. Read more »

maths co-ordinates gameThere are numerous effective ways of practising using grid references and co-ordinates. This one is based on the game of battleships. However, unlike battleships, this game involves an element of luck (through the use of two specific dice). This additional element means that all children have a chance of winning. Read more »

times tables with the counting stick 

This is a wonderful example of teaching techniques using a counting stick. This video, taken from a lecture at Bath Spa University, shows Jill Mansergh helping a group of trainee teachers learn the 17 times table. The 17 times table is demonstrated to ensure that the trainees are outside their 'comfort zone' and go through the learning process, in a similar fashion to most children.

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Christmas math resourcesThis resource only just missed our Christmas Activities eBook.

It is a MathDoku, or KenKen type puzzle. We've simplified the more traditional version so that it only includes addition. Read more »

Scrambled number maths activityThis is a great activity to encourage children to think about (and create) number rules. The focus is on practising calculations and identifying number patters.

Ask the children to work in pairs, give each child one of the Scrambled Number* sheets. Read more »

Bigger numbers - digit window framesA number of you have asked for a refinement to our ever-popular random number generator, the 2 Digit Window Frame resource. Some wanted smaller digits (the physical size of the font), while others wanted more options to work with larger numbers (more than 2 digits).

Firstly, thank you for the suggestions; and here's our new Window Frame resource. Read more »

Christmas X-Number - a mathematical crosswordThis one is straightforward to explain.

It's a cracker-shaped crossword with numbers. There are 27 clues, the majority of which (19) feature doubling or halving. The answers are either 2-digit, 3-digit, 4-digit or 5-digit numbers. Read more »

A doubling numbers gameThis is a straightforward maths board game from the "four-in-a-row" family. The overt focus is for children to practice using a calculator to double numbers; however, the covert focus is for children to mentally halve numbers! Read more »

mathematics place value activityThis is a quick and easy maths game to help reinforce the concept of place value.

The game works best with 3 to 4 players. There's no gameboard and nothing to download this time. You only need a set of dominoes and a handful of counters to use as scorekeepers. Read more »

maths game - fractions and decimalsIt's over twenty-years since I first played this maths game with Primary-age children... but that doesn't stop it being an excellent way for children to develop their understanding of fractions and decimals.

You will need two copies of the cards cut from the downloadable* file. That's 48 cards in total. Read more »

probability - digit card gameThis is a simple digit card game to help children become accustomed to thinking about likelihood and probability.

The game uses only 10 digit cards (numbered from 1 to 10), and a handful of counters (to keep score). Read more »

Three in a row maths gameHere's a quick and easy maths game to help children practice mental multiplication in the context of a game. The children have a collection of coloured counters and a game-board. The game-board features a 4 by 4 grid of numbers, and seven separate numbers (in red). The red numbers are factors; the numbers in the grid are products. The children take it in turns to find two red numbers which, when multiplied, will match a cell on the board. Read more »

Mathematical games and activities - the shape huntThis resource was inspired by a recent feature in Primary Magazine (see ref. below). It is basically a treasure hunt which enables the children to discover shapes in their environment.

The downloadable resource* features 40 shape cards. Read more »

test yourself with this times table activityA straightforward, but engaging way for children to demonstrate their skills and understanding of times tables.

This resource was developed by a student to use on a recent school based training. The student created this for a Y4 class, adapting an original spelling activity. I don't think it's been used in this format before. Thank you Laura for letting me share it on this site. Read more »

Number properties maths gameThis is one of a several very useful maths games based on ‘number properties’.

I first used this way back in the 1980’s; it is an ideal activity in that it puts the learning in the hands of the children and encourages good language (speaking and listening) skills and cooperative ‘play’. Read more »

Gattegno place value chartThe Gattegno (or Place Value) Chart is a simple tool to help children appreciate the  patterns in our counting structure. For example, the identical pattern evident when counting in 1’s, 10’s, 100’s, 1000’s... or greater

To familiarise young children with the Gattegno Chart ask them to: Read more »

Shape - a maths gameThis is a superb mathematics activity based on the game of 'Taboo'. The focus here is on shape vocabulary.

The download contains 27 cards featuring shape related words. The game is for two players, a 'reader' and a 'guesser' The object of the game is for the 'reader' to help his/her partner (the 'guesser') to identify the correct vocabulary word on the card. The 'reader' must describe the word as clearly as possible without using any of the 'Taboo words. Read more »

keep in touch - mathsticks toolbarIt's easy to lose touch with old friends.

However, losing touch completely is not such a good idea, if you are looking for a good maths resource or lesson idea you may well think of mathsticks.com. I hope so! Read more »

maths board games for childrenAfter several years teaching you quickly assemble hundreds of maths game ideas. Here are 10 boards suited to mathematical games.

There are no detailed notes or instructions with these boards, they are just what they are... Blank boards!

So, you (or your children) can use them as creatively as you wish. Read more »

Factors and multiplication board gameThis is a simple 'Track' game which encourages children to practice multiplication problems. There is a very strong focus on identifying factors and  (as usual) on the accurate use of vocabulary.

The downloadable pdf file includes two boards and teachers' notes - with 10 alternative modes of play!

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2D Maths Shape GameA game for two players designed to focus on reinforcing the names and properties of 2D shape while also offering children an opportunity to practice counting.

The activity uses:

  • The downloadable* Shape Cover Up board;
  • A set of coloured counters for each player;
  • A dice.

Calculator activity for childrenThis calculator activity is an extension of one which was published as part of the National Numeracy Strategy in 1999. It has a dual focus; the first one (as you might expect) is to involve the children in accurately using a calculator. The second is to engage the children in reading numerical vocabulary. Read more »

odd and even gameThis is a mathematical racing game. It is designed to give  children plenty of (social) opportunites to reinforce their ability to recognise odd and even numbers.

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place value game - primary maths teachersThis is an extension (literally) to the popular Place Value Ladder Boards.

The original boards only went to 6 spaces, and a number of you have asked for more!

Well, I have now stretched the place value ladder boards to 10 places, and offer three rather than two ladders. Read more »

teaching resource for square numbersThis maths poster lists the first 25 square numbers.

Like the Prime Numbers poster I added to this site last month, this is a vertical (skyscraper) format, measuring 21cm by 60cm. Read more »

9 times table practice cardsThis is a set of 36 cards, featuring the 9 times table; 0 to 180 (twice).

The cards (4.9cm x 2.9cm) are sized to match the Ladder Board activities, and will enable children to become more familiar with the patterns in the 9 times table. Read more »

mathematical gameThis speedy, two-player addition game is designed to help reinforce number bonds to 10 or 20. You will need the downloadable* board and two sets of counters. Read more »

Maths Addition GameA simple maths game to encourage children to practice (and to share) quick addition strategies. This is suitable for 3 or more players

You need four sets of 1-10 cards. (See our Digit Cards) Read more »

1-100 Digits showing even and odd numbersDigit Cards are perfect for any number of mathematical games and activities - they also provide ideal assessment opportunities. This set is very plain and simple, the font is appropriate for younger children, and the cards identify even and odd numbers by alternating colours black/red. Read more »

Five Times Table Game and Maths ActivityThis maths activity is an adaptation of the ‘Follow Me’ style activity, which I first described this here [Share Circle - 1 more than].

This version is designed to help children become more familiar with their five times table while playing a game. Read more »

Digit Card Game - mathematics strategiesThis is an effective strategy game for two players.

The game is seemingly simple to play, and easy to set up. However, the learning that comes out of the dialogue between the children, and between you and the children is immense. Read more »

Domino number game - countingThis maths game gives young children the opportunity to practice and refine their addition skills, using totals up to 12. 

The game will suit two to four children and works particularly well with mixed ability groupings. The children playing the game have a standard set of dominoes. Read more »

Counting challengesFollowing a couple of requests I have repackaged the original maths starter activity (the original Flip Flop design) in two ways:

- a larger, A3 format, so you can use the counting activities with larger groups of children.

- a set of mini Flip Flops, each counting grid is 8.5cm square. Read more »

maths calculation activity - share circleThis is a twist on the traditional ‘Follow Me’ style cards… you know the ones: each child has a card with a number and a maths question; one child asks the question and everyone looks at their cards to see who has the appropriate answer, then the chain continues around the classroom. Read more »

3 Digit Number generatorIf you are playing a mathematical game, or looking to create numbers for calculation problems, the original Squashy Boxes provided an efficient solution. However, they were limited to one and two-digit numbers. Read more »

multiplication baord gameThis is a great little mathematics game for two players. The focus is on reinforcing the concepts of 'factors and products'; perfect for later Key Stage 1 or early Key Stage 2.

The downloadable board* features a track around which the children move counters in response to the fall of a dice. Read more »

Squashy Boxes - mathematics teaching resourceHere's another versatile (and often overlooked) resource. Squashy Boxes enable children to quickly generate 'random' numbers. They are a simple but effective tool for practising a range of rapid recall and mental calculation strategies. Read more »

Seven times table Digit CardsThis is a set of 42 cards. Featuring the 7 times table; 0 to 140 (twice). The cards are sized to match the Ladder Board activities, and will enable children to become more familiar with the patterns in the 7 times table while playing Ladder Board games, pelmanism or even snap! Read more »

teaching ideas for more than less thanA pair of cards that helps children develop their understanding of the mathematical symbols  > (more than), and < (less than).

The 'crocodile's mouth' version for these symbols has been around for a while, but I have always found linking the symbols to arm positions to be more meaningful for young children. Read more »

Simple multiplication strategies using arraysMultiplying two numbers can easily be thought of as finding the area of a rectangle. It is simple, direct and very visual strategy.

Using an array of objects or marks can help young children grasp the concept more quickly.

For example: Read more »

Digit Cards 1-10This is a set of 40 cards counting in fives from 5 to 100, (two of each number). The cards are sized to match the Ladder Board activities. The download includes a blank set of cards for you to adapt to your own uses.

Print onto card or laminate.

Other Digit Cards are available here. Read more »

Digit Cards 1-10This is a set of 40 cards (four of each number), suitable for Ladder Board activities. The download includes a blank set of cards for you to adapt to your own uses.

Print onto card or laminate.

Other Digit Cards are available here. Read more »

1-10 and 1-20 desktop numberlinesThe title says it all. Two 1-10, and one 1-20 number lines, each less than 30cm long; ideal for cutting out and laminating for use on a desk.

Each number line features alternating mathstick characters to reinforce the pattern of odd and even numbers. Read more »

2 Digit Number GeneratorThis idea started life as a way to get children to generate 'random' 2 Digit numbers. We had used dice, we had used Digit Cards, but I wanted something different.

This is what I came up with, a 10 by 10 grid of numbers and small card with a rectangular hole in it. Read more »

Tens and Units board, place value activityThis is a Place Value game for two children. It offers children an opportunity to use and apply their knowledge of the number system within a 'game' environment.

You need the Tens and Units playing board and a set of 0 to 9 number cards.

The aim of the game is to get as close to 100 as possible by creating three two-digit numbers. Read more »

Balance Boards and Number Bonds from mathsticksNumber Balances offer a visual way to help children explore simple calulations.

Children can place digit cards on the Balance Board, ensuring that the total on each side is the same. Using this simple yet versatile resource children can practise their number bonds and counting skills. Read more »

Ladders Cards for counting and place value activitiesTeachers can use Ladder Cards with their children as individual mathematical activities, or as a game format. In its simplest form children choose digit cards and place them on the ladder so that the numbers ascend in value for each rung.

mathsticks makes this versatile idea even more appealing by including our signature characters and digit cards designed to match the ladder-spaces. Read more »

Numeracy starter - counting activityA Flip-Flop is an easy-to-make, versatile, visual resource for use in mental/oral work.

Download it, cut it up and assemble it using clear sticky-back plastic to give you a versatile counting resource. Perfect for practising counting skills, or developing confidence with number bonds to 10. Read more »

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