Addition

mathematical magic - instant addition trickJust for our mathsticks+ members, this is a truly baffling piece of mathematical magic. We've explored Magical Maths before, but the trickery here makes it possible for you to demonstrate a wonderful mathematical gift.

Imagine hearing this:

         3769 + 7972 + 4386 + 8257    

                   ...and instantly knowing the answer.

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fractions-decimals-calculator-maths-teachingThis is a wonderful calculator activity that really gets the children thinking and learning.

It was created by one of our mathsticks+ members, Becky B., who adapted it from our earlier Calculator Activity resources. Read more »

maths-addition-subtraction-magic squaresThis is an adaptation of our Multiplying Magic Squares maths activity. Indeed, the workings are identical - only the functions have changed. 

Here we have eight A5 activity sheets - each utilising 3x3 magic squares. 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 »

Problem Sloving MiniBooks - maths teachingHere we have taken the Addition puzzles from Mental Monday's #19 and turned them into a series of mini booklets. This makes them ideal for children to work through at their own pace (perfect for the end of term), they could also be used as 'registration activities', or as a homework project. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 maths 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:

30 + 10 + 70 + 40 + 90 Read more »

Number bonds to 50 - maths activityA number of members asked for more 'Make It' resources, especially for higher numbers.

We created these for addition to 50, tested them out and found that they were a hit. Take a look at them and see what you, and your children think. 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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Decimal numbers bingo gameIt's easy for bingo-type games to overtake mathematics... so I tend to avoid them! However, there are exceptions. This one gives children plenty of practice adding decimals and doesn't feel like it relies too much on chance. The children can use a host of mental math strategies while playing (it's not just a 'hunt and cover' game) and the whole thing feels more exciting and logical than most bingo/maths games. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Top Trumps meets mathematics in this unique gameThis fun game uses 'Top Trumps' style cards to enable children to practice addition and multiplication strategies while reinforcing correct mathematical vocabulary.

There are 36 cards; each featuring an image of a mathstick figure and two mathematical statements.

The first statment on each card is an addition and the other a multiplication. 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 »

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