Games

Have fun with maths!

Games help children develop a positive attitude towards maths.

Whenever your child uses maths in play, explain that they're using maths. This will help them realise how much we all use maths every day.

Tips & ideas

  • Play with cards. Take 2 cards and add the numbers together, the player with the highest number wins. Try it with subtraction, multiplication, and division too.
  • Play ‘Think of a number’. Think of a number between 0-100 and get them have to guess what it is They can ask questions like ‘is it less than 20?'.
  • Play with blocks like Lego or Jenga. Talk about the size, colour, shape, weight and texture of them, and create patterns and structures. Ask them to guess how many blocks they could pile up without them falling down and then build them up to see if they were correct.
  • Play with containers. For example how many sweets are in the jar? Ask your child to guess and then count to see how close they were.
  • Pick an object and give your child clues to find it by using directional language, such as up, down, over, under, between, through, beside, behind, in front of, and on top of. Make the game more challenging by giving more complicated directions e.g. ‘It’s on top of the table and to the left of the magazine’.
  • Play board games like Connect 4, Jenga, Snakes and Ladders, PLYT or Dominos.
  • Ask your child to design their own board game and dice. Play the game together and talk about the mathematical thinking, reasoning, or problem solving the game used.

What skills are we practising?

  • Counting
  • Number relationships
  • Adding and subtracting
  • Multiplication and division
  • Estimating
  • Shape and measure
  • Sequences and patterns
  • Problem solving and reasoning

For ideas, look at:

All external resources have been reviewed and recommended by our Parental Engagement Pedagogical team. (External links will open in a new tab).

Matific Primary Games

Activities and games for each primary school year group.

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Online Games

Want to practise a particular topic? Woodlands Junior has online games covering a wide range of topics from the primary curriculum.

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Brainbox Books and Games

Brainbox have range of maths boardgames, books and games for sale. Try charity shops or libraries, and look for free app versions of your favourite board games.

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Mathletics Interactive Game

An interactive online game for children to have fun with maths both on their own and with others.

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PLYT

Competitive maths game for the whole family

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City of Zombies game

City of Zombies

City of Zombies is a fast, fun and engaging game that inspires creative number play with numbers

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Times Square game

Times Square

A dice rolling card game from the makers of City of Zombies that makes maths fun

Number Rumbler card game

Number Rumbler Card Game

Number Rumbler is a brain-fizzing, fun card-based game for families to practice times tables and develop number sense

Kippson Times Tables Wall Stickers and Flash Cards

Kippson Times Tables Wall Stickers and Flash Cards

Stimulate visualisation of times tables with colourful, moveable wall stickers and themed flashcards

hoo ha

HOO HA! Times tables card game

HOO HA is a times tables visual memory card game that teaches the times tables non-sequentially.

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HOO HA HOO HA

HOO HA! HOO HA! Number bond card game

Super simple to learn, great fun to play, number-bond card game, that's genuinely educational

Super Hoo Ha

Super HOO HA! Times tables card game

The game is strategic and promotes an understanding of the interaction between the four arithmetic operations. The games encourages the understanding that division is the inverse of multiplication and that multiplication is repeated addition.

welcome to puzzlington

Welcome to Puzzlington!

Maths puzzle for ages 5+

Race to Infinity

Race to Infinity

Race to Infinity is the game that helps children fall in love with maths! Race the other players - it's so much fun, you won't realise you're learning!

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Throwing Numbers

This traditional Chinese game can be plated by 2 players or a large group. It develops quick thinking, addition and logic skills in a fun way!

NumBugz

A whole bag full of fun number games for the family, developing calculating, reasoning and thinking skills.

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