Games

Make a spider from pipe-cleanersThis is a colourful set of instructions for making a pipe-cleaner spider! At first sight there isn't a great deal of maths here. However, the mathsticks mantra is "The Learning's in the Language"... and there are plenty of opportunities to discuss and explore a range of mathematical ideas.

 

 

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football themed maths numbersOk, I couldn't resist.

Here's a simple set of 100 number cards featuring a fun football theme. The cards are clear and the 0 to 99 numerals easy to see. The font is appropriate for young children, but also 'cool' enough to be accepted by older children too. The 'cards'  are versatile enough to be used in thousands of different activities and games. 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 »

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 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 »

multiplication game using diceThis simple maths game is designed to give children practice working on their multiplication facts.

The downaload includes four special gameboards and instructions. Two children use a game-board between them; they will also need a dice and a number of counters each. 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 »

place value maths gameThis is a simple Top Trumps-style maths game with the focus on helping children to understand Place Value. 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 »

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 »

times tables gameHere’s an excellent game to help children develop their use of the multiplication tables.

Give a pair of children the grid of numbers, illustrated below. Each player also needs a set of coloured counters.

They take it in turns to identify a square where they want to place one of their counters. In order to keep the counter there they must correctly state two factors that produce that specific product. Read more »

Follow MeThe follow me circle game has quickly become favourite maths activity in most Primary schools. Yes, it is the quality of the organisation, teaching and questioning that makes the activity so powerful. On a number of occasions I have seen this activity carried out with the questions written on post-it notes, or simply scraps of paper. 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 »

Bonds to 5 maths teaching gameWe've been thinking about Number bonds again. This teaching game is designed for the Early Years and focuses on giving children plenty of practice working with number bonds to 5.  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 »

maths strategy gameThis is a simple game for two players. The focus is on logical deduction and strategic thinking.

The children pay on a board that consists of an 11-sided polygon (a hendecagon). They start the game by placing a counter on each of the eggs.

Then, they take it in turns to remove either 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The player who picks up the very last counter is the winner.

It is as simple as that! Read more »

Pointless maths quiz gamePointless, the BBC TV quiz show, has proved to be very popular with a whole host of people.

A few weeks ago we spotted Mr Collins blog post about how he used the Pointless theme in his maths teaching. We liked the idea and could see so much potential we decided to create our own software version. 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 »

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 »

Maths multiples gameThis is another of our clean-and-simple, fun maths games. It is a 'three in a row' type game with a tight focus on practicing/using multiplication facts.

The game board features a grid of 25 numbers, children work in pairs using different colours of counters and a set of digit cards (2 to 9). They take it in turns to reveal a card, and then put a counter on any multiple of that number on the board. Read more »

number calculation gameHere's another deceptively simple maths game which delivers a powerful 'learning' punch. We first used this one at the end of last year and it was very popular! Read more »

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 »

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 »

teaching roman numerals - bingo gameSome people have asked for a simpler version of our Roman Number Bingo game. So, here are a further 20 bingo boards - this time featuring 10 different Roman Numerals chosen from a 'pool' of only 18 numbers. This simplifies the game somewhat since children need to recognize (read) fewer numerals to play the game. 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 »

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 »

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 »

I'm not sure whether the Roman's played Bingo - but this teaching resource is aimed at giving children plenty of opportunities to read and use Roman Numerals as part of a game. The resource consists of 20 different Bingo boards featuring 11 numbers in Roman numerals and 36 different 'calling' cards.

Print out the game boards and separate into 20 individual A5 boards. Print the 36 'calling' cards, and separate into individual cards. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Total Control Bingo - maths bingo gameThis maths game is designed to assist children in developing confidence with number calculations. It consists of a set of 15 bingo cards for the children, and question sheets for the adult. The children work in pairs to mark off, or cover up, numbers on their cards which answer specific maths problems called out.  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 »

Calculation strings, a BODMAS gameWe feel quietly confident that you are going to love this one!

This activity started off as a bingo-type mathematics game, but when we started playing around with it we saw a whole new world of possibilities. The focus is on giving children plenty of varied opportunities to develop their understanding of the order of operations in calculations. Read more »

Christmas Maths Board GameHere's a Christmas themed game to support children's development of calculation.

Using the downloadable* board, a counter each and three dice, children take turns to create a calculation with the dice which will enable them to 'climb' the tree. Read more »

naughts and crosses maths gameHere's a unique slant (as far as I can tell) on a very old game.

First, pick your ordinary, everyday, everyone can play game, Naughts and crosses (or TicTac Toe). Second, boost it with a mathematical link (in this case times tables).

The result is a fun, educational maths game focussed on helping children practice those 'hard' times tables, the 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x. Read more »

Calculator maths game - five times tableThis is another clear board game designed to help children develop confidence with products and factors.

The focus here is on the five times-table. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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