Top Trumps – Multiplication and Addition Game

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.

While playing a Top Trumps type game, the children challenge each other as to whose card displayes the higer value - product or sum!

However, the educational value does not end there... The statements offer four different mathematical elements (or categories), as well as the product or the sum, players can also use individual factors or addends.

This game is ideal for Key Stage 2 children who have a reasonable understanding of multiplication facts and addition strategies. The download* features extensive teacher notes and a set of 36 printable cards.

Top Trumps style mathematical game

I originally used this about 18 years ago with some very able Key Stage 1 children, so please let me know how it works for your class. Enjoy!

 

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Choxon37's picture

A great way to reinforce this

A great way to reinforce this weeks learning. Thanks
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Nasus's picture

Genius idea - my class love

Genius idea - my class love playing Top Trumps and this can only be a fun way to help with their maths too!
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A fantastic resource -

A fantastic resource - perfect for my class next week. Thank you.
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kaz71177's picture

 Really looking forward to

 Really looking forward to trying this. 
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Ellie1974's picture

 Great Game I too would like

 Great Game I too would like more of these. Differentiated sets and with other calculations would be great. I am new to this site. Is there anything in your maths+ subscription area that could used to make adapted cards?
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johdu's picture

Ellie1974, The images we use

Ellie1974,

The images we use on many of our resources make it awkward to produce 'editable' versions... but we are looking into alternative ways of doing this. At the moment there isn't anything in the mathsticks+ dashboard that provides the customisation you would like - but we have put it on our 'to do' list. ;-)

John

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 This is one of the most

 This is one of the most creative math card games I've seen. The students won't want to stop playing! Is there another one with division and subtraction? Fractions and decimals? This would be a great game to play as a step toward Equations!
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johdu's picture

teachmish, Thanks for the

teachmish,

Thanks for the great comment. As far as the 'division and subtraction' game goes, we don't have one yet... but I like the idea. Fractions and decimals, not yet... but, again, a maths resource we could certainly put together. 

Glad to hear you are enjoying the maths resources here. 

John

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_lizzie_'s picture

 My class LOVE top trumps so

 My class LOVE top trumps so can't wait to show them this! Thanks :-)
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lilvix's picture

how fun! my year 4's will

how fun! my year 4's will love this and wont even think they are learning anything :)
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johdu's picture

Good to hear. Call back to

Good to hear. Call back to let us know how your Y4's get on with this Top Trumps maths game. If you have any suggestions for other maths resources we are also always pleased to hear them.

Cheers.

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Mel-p's picture

 My class will love this! 

 My class will love this!  Thank you.
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madabout04's picture

Fantastic (sorry about this

Fantastic (sorry about this but...) as usual you have come up trumps! Presentation perfection and always on target! thank you
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becca_wigham's picture

Looking forward to using

Looking forward to using these in class next week. thanks for sharing this resource.
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rhianj's picture

Great can't wait to try these

Great can't wait to try these out!
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 This looks fab. Have very

 This looks fab. Have very 'switched off' yr4 who might get 'switched on' by this activity!
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EmJa0310's picture

Love it. Looking forward to

Love it. Looking forward to using this one.
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repreecedawson's picture

Again, just what I was

Again, just what I was looking for. I'm looking forward to finding out how my class take to these games!  
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 brilliant thank you

 brilliant thank you
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maths's picture

Looking forward to playing it

Looking forward to playing it with my class
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wotton's picture

These DID turn out to be very

These DID turn out to be very popular and have been used many times. As far as the boys were concerned it wasn't work. Thanks.
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johdu's picture

Fantastic news - Thanks for

Fantastic news - Thanks for letting us know. We're always trying to make maths as interesting and motivating as possible, so it's good to hear this. Cheers.
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dcwright's picture

cant wait to make this and

cant wait to make this and see how it goes! planning on using with brighter but less engaged y2's- will let you know what they think!
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loulou16's picture

great resource especially for

great resource especially for encouraging use of maths vocab
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stulloch's picture

Brilliant game, very

Brilliant game, very versatile. I've used it this week already as part of a mental and oral and I am planning to use it for my weekly parents/ childrens maths session. A great way to engage all.
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lanny's picture

Another fab resource to get

Another fab resource to get to grips with, once again ideal for engaging both older and more able children...Can't wait to let the children have a go with these and see how they are received...Will let you know what they think!
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nbowker's picture

This resource looks great.

This resource looks great. Can't wait to use it.
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sjairlie's picture

This is a great resource!

This is a great resource! I've got an 'I'm finished' box in my primary 4 class and they love these games.
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joanne cook's picture

this resource will be very

this resource will be very good for the boys in my class as they love playing top trumps
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johdu's picture

Thanks for the feedback. This

Thanks for the feedback. This top trump maths game has been a firm favourite with hundreds of teachers and parents - we are hoping to add a few otehr variations before the start of the next school term.
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