Addition and Subtraction - Eggs in the Nest

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.

The addition game uses a pair of dice and an egg and nest game board. Two players sit opposite each other and place 10 counters on the numbered eggs on their side of the board. They now take it in turns to roll a pair of dice. The sum of the dots shown on the dice indicate a numbered egg on their board. If they have a counter on that egg, they place it in the nest.

The winner is the first to get all of their egg-counters in the nest.

Easter maths addition game

Throughout the game the children are counting dots on the dice, determining the sum and also identifying the numeral that represents this value. If you want to introduce a little more strategic thinking into the game, then let the children placed their ten counters on any combination of the numbers at the beginning. At this point (if children are familiar with using dice) they may choose to place more counters on the middle numbers; 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and avoid the ones that are more difficult to roll such as 2, 3, 11 and 12.

The subtraction, or difference game uses a similar egg and nest game board and a set of 0 - 10 number cards. As before, the players place 10 counters on the eggs on their side of the board. This time, however instead of rolling dice they draw two number cards at random, turn them over and calculate the difference. It is this value which indicates an egg. If the player has a counter on that egg, he or she can place it in the nest. The winner is the first to get all of their egg-counters in the nest.

number game for Easter subtraction

Both of these games also offer excellent assessment opportunities. Find them on the attached pdf file below.

Mathsticks+ members can access three additional boards, "Doubles"; "Add 1 more" and "Odd & Even". See the link below for details.


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Jacquiwells2014's picture

This looks really good and I

This looks really good and I am going to use this with my year 1's. It would be great if there was a game that would be compatible with a 20 sided die.
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dizzy's picture

Cannot wait to use this game

Cannot wait to use this game in class next week. Love the simple concepts and lovely graphics -Will appeal to al my children in Foundation Stage.
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stedwell's picture

Thanks. Teaching the

Thanks. Teaching the difference is always tricky so it is nice to find something that is fun and appealing. I am also glad I found this just before Easter! I think I may prepare some subtraction calculation cards to turn over so that I can differentiate this for my more able year 2.
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mathmatmam's picture

Really good for the kids to

Really good for the kids to play initially under supervision and then together whilst I deal with others.  Teaches addition, subtraction, taking turns, being a good sport and is a good way to introduce different addition and subtraction language, ie. sum of, total, difference etc
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elainech's picture

Great game, just a small

Great game, just a small thing, but it would be good if the addition board had an egg with 12 on it.
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johdu's picture

Yes, that's a good point - we

Yes, that's a good point - we may adapt the board to include '12' in the future. Thank you for your comment.  
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This is a great idea to

This is a great idea to practise number bonds!
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choccy biccy's picture

I will be sending this game

I will be sending this game home as homework for my year 1 class over the Easter holiday so that they keep practising addition.
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fairmead's picture

 Great resource, just what I

 Great resource, just what I need for the last week of term :)  
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FionaER25's picture

Great! Very clear & easy to

Great! Very clear & easy to follow!
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mayj01's picture

This will be great for my low

This will be great for my low level students. Thanks so much.
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EllieGooner's picture

Really good idea...will be

Really good idea...will be useful for homework too!! Thanks.
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MIssValerie's picture

 This game looks amazing!

 This game looks amazing! I'll use it tomorrow with a little girl that I am working with (5 years old) who is having great difficulty with addition and subtraction. I am sure she'll be motivated by it! Thank you!!  
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rigadon's picture

Will be fab for my Easter

Will be fab for my Easter themed maths morning tomorrow!
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bracken83's picture

Thanks for this, it looks

Thanks for this, it looks great and will be an excellent resource to use with my Reception class as we are currently doing addition and subtraction. It is also particularly useful for encouraging turn taking and playing a game fairly as many of the children in my class are finding this difficult at the moment. :-)
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KarenP's picture

This game looks good for my

This game looks good for my less advanced group in maths and is just right for this time of year.  Thank you.
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luce867's picture

This game looks great. Will

This game looks great. Will really help my lower ability with simple addition.
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