U Win Again - A Maths Strategy Game

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.

Another plus is that you only need a set of 0-9 Digit Cards. The cards are shuffled and dealt face-up in the form of a letter ‘U’. The players then take it in turns to choose (and remove) a card from one of the two ends of the 'U'. At the end of the game the players determine who has won by working out the total of the cards they have collected. 

This seems very simple, but children quickly see that each move they make affects the choices available to their opponent - and only by playing carefully can they win. The downloadable* 'instructions' offer full details of the game together with a number of alternative modes of play.

It has always worked well for me; let me know what you think.

 math strategy game for Key Stage 2

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michelle peters's picture

I love this simple idea to

I love this simple idea to use with my more able Year Twos. The logic/thinking skills aspect is very interesting. Does need adult supervision though to make it worthwhile. Will try with some support next week.
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nomesfretwell's picture

 A great game that can be

 A great game that can be used for my whole class with a little tweaking of number cards.  
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Great for paired discussion

Great for paired discussion and for less able group working with TA.  Addition practice at the end for this group too!
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sheilamay's picture

Great idea. It could also be

Great idea. It could also be used with decimal cards to give practice with comparing and adding decimals.
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maths's picture

A great game!

A great game!
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Shelagh's picture

A great game for 'No Pens

A great game for 'No Pens Day'! Simple to set up and aids strategic thinking. Love the idea of different starting formations. Rather than just add their scores, children could use a combination of +, -, x and division to calculate the highest/nearest/ lowest score according to the target that you set them.
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johdu's picture

Thank you for the feedback.

Thank you for the feedback. Some great extension ideas there... and I love the idea of a "No Pens Day".

We have a few more digit-card games on their way, see our new 'Go!' game for example.

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willnevie's picture

Am meeting my new maths group

Am meeting my new maths group tomorrow - am looking forward to using this to 'break the ice.' Another great resource. Thank you
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rhoneyman's picture

This looks like a really

This looks like a really interesting game. I particularly like and am going to use, the use of coins in this game. I have been looking for something a little "different" when teaching the children about money and how we add the coins up. Can't wait to try it out with the children!
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johdu's picture

Thanks very much for the

Thanks very much for the comment. we have a host of money maths and coin recognition resources in preparation now... we should be rolling these games and maths ideas out shortly. ;-)
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maramaf's picture

Simple but effective -

Simple but effective - children at different stages were able to play against each other, got them all thinking hard!
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Steve Jubb's picture

We played this game again

We played this game again today, its a varied game, sometimes quick, but sometimes inspiring a lot of thought. Adding one more number, say 10, changes the strategy options. We usually play five or six rounds, alternating between who sets it up, and who goes first. Sometimes I preceed this game with the Higher and Lower Digit Card Game that uses the same pack of cards.
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Phebe's picture

Thanks. Another great game

Thanks. Another great game for summer school kids. Kids will enjoy the game and learn too.
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peaches's picture

Really like simple games and

Really like simple games and ideas like this. Will be using this next week
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odriscoll_aoife's picture

Great idea- the element of

Great idea- the element of oral language and devising strategies is very constructive.
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livielottie's picture

I've returned to teaching

I've returned to teaching after raising a family and was previously in a management role. Thankyou for the ideas, never too old to have a go at new things or jog the memory! I'll certainly be passing site details on to colleagues.
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phall's picture

Really good - helped students

Really good - helped students talk - and I'm so keen for them to have strategies in maths - often good at finding the right answers, but poor at being able to tell me (or anyone else) why...
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amy2783's picture

I really like this. My lower

I really like this. My lower Maths set enjoy competitive games so will be trying this tomorrow with them. They also like to try and beat me at Maths so game on!:-)
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Alison Guite's picture

A quick game to learn and

A quick game to learn and children really enjoyed playing.
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rpowell's picture

This looks like an excellent

This looks like an excellent using and appplying game. Also, anything that encourages dialogue between pupil and pupil and pupil and teacher has to be a good thing.
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