Visual Games

The games below help children to develop a strong 'number feel' and develop early calculation strategies. The games are also simple and enjoyable to play!

Quantity Bingo

This series of bingo games, played using dice, help children to recognise quantities presented as tally charts, on 10-frames, finger patterns and in dot patterns. In Match Bingo children match dice patterns to quantities. In the later versions of the game children identify one less, one more or two more than the number rolled.

 

Match BingoRoll a dice and cross off the matching quantity.
One Less BingoRoll a dice and cross off the amount that is one less.
One More BingoRoll a dice and cross off the amount that is one more.
Two More BingoRoll a dice and cross off the amount that is two more.

Count On Races

In the count on game, played by an adult and a child, children learn to count on mentally. It is advised that a coin with a 1 and 2 on either side is used. Children must use a count on mental strategy when moving their counter: for example, a jump of 2 from 7 is calculated as '8,9' rather than '1,2 - I'm on 9'.

Count On Races

Finger Games

In this article Jo Boaler cites the importance of children's finger recognition and discrimination in developing a secure grasp of number. These finger use activities designed by Youcubed help children to use each finger. 

Number Bond Dice Games

For this activity children roll a dice and colour in the number of circles on the dice. Then they colour in the other part. Children then write down the two parts that the whole number is broken into.

Make 6Helping children to learn number bonds to 6.
Make 7Helping children to learn number bonds to 7.
Make 8Helping children to learn number bonds to 8.
Make 9Helping children to learn number bonds to 9.
Make 10Helping children to learn number bonds to 10.

Calculation Bingo

The Calculation Bingo games all follow the same format: roll a dice, look for the yellow box with your number - complete the calculation in this section. Try to be the first to do all the calculations! There are visual prompts on each level; the games get progressively more challenging.

+ Bingo, 10-frames 0-10Visualise calculations within 10.
+ Bingo 10-frames 0-15Visualise calculations that border 10.
+- Bingo Bar Models 0-10Use the bar model to calculate within 10.
+- Bingo Bar Models 0-20Use the bar model to calculate within 20.

Connect 4

The connect 4 games are played in pairs. Take turns to roll two dice: either find the sum or the difference of the numbers on the dice and choose the number to cross off. The winner is the first person to connect 4 boxes. This game improves calculation fluency and also develops strategic thinking!

Sum Connect 4Roll two dice; cross off a number that is the sum.
Difference Connect 4Roll two dice; cross off a number that is the difference.
Sum or Difference Connect 4Roll two dice; cross off a number that is the sum or difference.

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