Maths Games to play at home

Maths Games aimed at improving children’s rapid recall skills. Below is a list of games you can have fun playing at home whilst also improving your child’s maths skills.

Woodlands website also provides lots of fun and interactive games that they can play online

Hit ten (a game to play by yourself or with a partner)
Roll the dice until you hit ten. Each time you roll the dice, add or take away the number until you reach it. Who can hit 10 first?

This game can be adapted or extended by starting at 90 and trying to hit 100, 990 and trying to hit 1000, or by using a dice with bigger numbers.

Finger maths
Similar to rock paper scissors. Two children each with one hand behind their back. On the count of three they both show a number up to 5 (using their fingers). The first one to add both numbers together wins. Just play until you’re fed up!

To extend this you could show numbers up yo 10 or only one player shows a number and it’s the first one multiply it by a set number e.g by 5 every time.

Hit 100
Idea to get as close to 100 as you can. Get your partner to check. Roll two ten sided dice and make a two digit number from what you roll. Now you either have to double or halve it. Record what you get each time until you get as close to 100 as you can and then stick. Now it’s your partners turn. Who can get the closest? One rule: You can’t go over 100!

Tug of war
One dice two people. A number line from -10 to 10. Choose which end you want to be ‘yours’. Start from the middle and each player rolls the dice and moves that many towards their end (-10 or +10).

Playing cards
Choose a times tables that you want to practise. Turn over one card at a time and times it by your chosen times table number. Keep turning unit, you have gone through the whole pack. If they hit a picture card go back to the ones they struggled with (which you have placed in a separate pile at the time they hesitated). This can be adapted in many ways e.g what do you add to this number to make 10, 20, 30.

Make 21 or 19 Each player has 3 cards. When it’s their turn they pick one up and discard one. Keep playing until they decide to stick, twist or bust. Who can get closest to 19? Or 20?

Dice race game
2 children each make a grid. Roll the dice, double it and place it in grid. Fill up grid. When full, swap and you’re ready to play bingo with one dice. Roll, double it, who can cross off all numbers first.

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