Interactive maths games

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By John DabellYear 6 teacher and maths coordinator at Forest Fields Primary and Nursery School

More fun, hands-on number games to practise maths operations

Number boxes screengrab

Games are a powerful way of helping children to learn maths. Their repetitive nature allows children to practise key skills including problem-solving strategies and explain maths to each other using appropriate language. The immediate feedback children receive from each other while playing can help both them and you assess their knowledge and understanding of maths concepts. When playing the games below, encourage children to think aloud – to share their thoughts and explain their thinking. Consider promoting the use of these maths games at home so that parents can share in their child’s learning, too. An interactive version of the ‘Number boxes’ game is available for subscribers along with a downloadable grid for playing ‘Stepping stones’ for all readers.

Activities

  1. Number boxes
  2. Stepping stones

1. Number boxes

Aims: Use known number facts and place value knowledge to add, subtract, multiply and divide mentally.

Players: This game is for two to four players, or teams, as part of a whole-class game.

You will need:

  • a 2×3 grid containing six numbers between 1-100 (one for each team/player)
  • six dice labelled 1-6
  • coloured counters
  • or the Interactive resource, ‘Number boxes’.
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