Sometimes it’s hard to think of some games to play at home. You want something fun, rich and engaging that also lets your child learn and won’t make it seem like a chore (which will result in a potential battle and who wants that after a long day?!). We have compiled some games that you can play at home with your child. These games are engaging, quick to play and help reiterate those key skills students need to develop all of their mathematical concepts. All of these games can be played with just a deck of cards and some scrap paper! Also, lots of these games have already been played in the classroom so your child might be able to teach you. The more games you can play and the more you can make maths fun, the more your child will engage.
Here is a list of games you could play:
Game: Skip counting
- Using a 100’s chart, skip count by 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20.
- Count backwards by the above amount
- Start skip counting from a random number
- Skip count by above numbers, not focussing on the timetables count (e.g skip count by 3 starting from 5, skip by ten starting from 9)
*What patterns can you see?
* Can you use these patterns to inform other areas of your maths knowledge (e.g 5+3=8 so 15+13=__)
Here are some skip counting tricks!
2s facts- eg, 2 ones, 2 twos, 2 threes, 2 fours, .... 2 eights ....
DOUBLES, eg, “2 sevens ... double 7, 14”
Establish RELATED facts, eg, 7 twos, think 2 sevens
3s facts- eg, 3 ones, 3 twos, 3 threes, 3 fours, .... 3 eights, 3 nines ....
DOUBLES AND 1 MORE GROUP eg, “3 eights ... double 8, 16 and 8 more, 20 ... 24”
Establish RELATED facts, eg, 8 threes, think 3 eights
The 4s facts eg, 4 ones, 4 twos, 4 threes, 4 fours, .... 4 eights, 4 nines ....
DOUBLE DOUBLES eg, “4 sixes ... double 6, 12, double 12, 24”
Establish RELATED facts, eg, 6 fours, think 4 sixes
The 5s facts eg, ... 5 threes, 5 fours, 5 fives, 5 sixes .... 5 eights, 5 nines ....
RELATE TO TENS eg, “5 eights is half of 10 eights, 40
Establish RELATED facts, eg, 8 fives, think 5 eights or 4 tens
Game: Recognising numbers
- Using any objects you can find, place the items randomly on a surface.
- Race to see who can recognise the amount of numbers on there first without touching them
- “What strategy did you use?” (bunched 5 objects together and then added the 3 to make 8)
- Add quantities to make a new number E.g. 8 objects already on the table - what if I add 5 more, 10 more, 100 more etc?
Game: Guess the number (play like guess who)
- Using a pack of cards, flip 1-2 numbers over without your partner seeing them
- If using two cards, combine them to make one number (e.g. flipped a 2 and a 3 so combine to make 23)
- Your partner needs to ask as many questions as possible in order to guess the number E.g. odd or even, two digit, multiple of 5, factor of, higher then, lower then etc
- Start off with one digit numbers only
- Build up to three digit numbers
- Remove cards above 5 from the pack initially
- Three people required - one person calculates and the other two flip a card onto their forehead
- Two players pick a card from the pack and salute them to their forehead - you do not look at your own card, but must see your opponents
- The third person calculates the answer of the card by adding them together. They say this answer out loud.
- The aim is that the two people playing must use the answer announced to work out what number they have on their own forehead. E.g. my opponent has a 5 and the answer is 9 - I need to work out that my card must be 4.
Some things you could ask while you’re playing are:
“Can you explain how you got that answer?”
“Can you see a pattern?”
“What strategy could you use?”
“I wonder what you would need to know before you played this game/answered this question?”
If you want to know more about what you can do at home, how to apply a growth mindset to maths and some activities we do in the classroom, come along to our maths info night. Friday 7th June is the latest you can register and buy a resource pack (which will be paid for on the night).
If you missed out on the info night, in week 9 on Friday 21st June, we will be having an afternoon of maths games. Parents, carers and special friends are welcome to attend and play some maths games in their child’s class. It will be a great way to see what we do in the room, and how fun maths it!