Take Away

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.

Children play the game in pairs, with a dice between them and a set of counters in two different colours. 10 faced diceThey take it in turns to roll the dice and subtract the number shown from 10. They now look on the board to find this value and place a counter on that number.  If all of the necessary numbers have already been covered by a counter then they miss that go. When all of the numbers have been covered they count how many of their counters have been used. The winner is the player with the most counters on the board.

I said it was simple... but that's where it's power as a learning experience comes from - the whole focus is on the mathematics. As always, of course, the learning wilol be further enhanced if children are encouraged to discuss their calculations during the game.

The download includes two different boards, one for 1-6 dice and the other for a 1-10 dice. The boards also include game-play instructions:

subtraction maths game


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a brodders's picture

My Year 1s loved this game -

My Year 1s loved this game - it really helps them to learn their number bonds as well :)    
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MollyDoll1's picture

Can't wait to play this! The

Can't wait to play this! The children I work with are loving all the games I am downloading from this site. I try to introduce at least one new game every week. Their confidence with number bonds is improving.
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I used this as a rotation for

I used this as a rotation for my very weak and special needs students in a Year 5 setting. They loved they were included in the mainstream activities of the class. To mix it up for more capable students I had them write down the multiplication sum created from the answer and the number on the dice as well.
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johdu's picture

That's really good to hear.

That's really good to hear. Great that this maths activity worked so well with children with such wide ranging abilities. That's a userful adaptation too.

Thank you for the feedback.

John

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I am going to play this with

I am going to play this with my SEN group. They really respond to playing games to enhance their learning.
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Hcitsmejones

Abso-bloomin-lutely

Abso-bloomin-lutely marvellous! Thank you for the link to the virtual dice. I am so glad I discovered Mathsticks. Used to trawl the web for hours looking for good quality games and activities that encouraged children to explore, investigate, discover and construct. Bursting to share with even more people but it is Friday evening in South Africa and I seem to be the only one wanting to discuss empowering children to believe they can do Mathematics!
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johdu's picture

Yes, Friday evenings can be

Yes, Friday evenings can be awkward...! Thank you so much for the positive feedback - we really do appreciate it.

Cheers,

John

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great game!

great game!
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thefatcontroller's picture

 Going to be using this in

 Going to be using this in the morning with my year 1 class. headteacher coming to observe as well!
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johdu's picture

If you get the chance, let us

If you get the chance, let us know how it went!
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bandmad's picture

fab idea- so simple but

fab idea- so simple but that's always the best for me. great for me to send home as a fun maths game. thanks
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okb89's picture

Brilliant! Another great way

Brilliant! Another great way to reinforce number bonds with my mixed year group SEN class. Nice and simple and can challenge my more able ones by asking them to write the inverse sum out as well. Thanks!
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carolinejohnston's picture

A great game for independent

A great game for independent target work- to make it more challenging I will ask children to write the subtraction sum and the inverse.
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 Looking for games for my

 Looking for games for my class and came across Mathsticks - perfect! Looking forward to sharing the games with my class. Will be able to use with an adult and once the children are confident as an independent activity. Thank you
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gepocock's picture

Yet another great game from

Yet another great game from Mathsticks
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kathynz's picture

 This is a great game to send

 This is a great game to send home so the children can practise their basic facts. The parents will enjoy playing it to. 
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pippysqueak's picture

 Great to have a game to set

 Great to have a game to set for homework! Lovely resource.
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I love this idea for a maths

I love this idea for a maths game. I'm planning on trying it out with my year 1 class this week. Will let you know how it goes.
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choccy biccy's picture

It is difficult to find 1-10

It is difficult to find 1-10 dice. All dice for gamers seem to be 0-9. As it is hard to modify a pdf file, could this game be modified to use with 0-9 dice?
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johdu's picture

We'll look into how we can

We'll look into how we can adapt this maths game. In the meantime you could swap the dice for a set of number digit cards - or use the online resource suggested by Altrufish, one of our members. The link to the site is below - you can customise the dice to suit whatever need you have. 

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks1/maths/dice/

 

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jbaruch0's picture

Great game. Used in my year 3

Great game. Used in my year 3 booster grps. Thank you
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dianejones's picture

Just what I was looking for

Just what I was looking for for my LA Yr 3 group. Saved me alot of time thanks.
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 An ideal game to add to my

 An ideal game to add to my continuous provision activities in year 1 to reinforce our learning from this week.  Thanks 
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katycustard's picture

 Agreed... A variety of

 Agreed... A variety of similar activities is needed for consolidation... this game fits the bill, with the usual fun of Mathsticks!
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karen.eglinton's picture

A fun way for children to

A fun way for children to practise their subtraction skills.  Thank you  
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The simplicity of the game is

The simplicity of the game is great!  Perfectly engaging for young learners.
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k_e's picture

Fantastic game for my year 2

Fantastic game for my year 2 less able. Can we have a 15/20 board?
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simontempler's picture

A simple but great game that

A simple but great game that i can see the class getting excited about, thank you.
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rhianj's picture

Fab resource

Fab resource
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 I just started building my

 I just started building my math center activities and this looks perfect!  Thanks!
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