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Here are some practical Maths games you could play on your own or with another person. These games are suitable for both KS1 and KS2 children.

There are specific KS1 tips included in green underneath the instructions for the game. 

Indoor maths game 1: Count Down!

This game is a simple at home version of the TV favourite and can be played with any number of players.

What you need to play:

  • 4 ‘large number’ cards with the numbers 25, 50, 75 and 100 on them
  • A set of cards with the digits 1-10 on them, with at least two cards for each number

 

How to play:

Step 1: Set out 4 large number cards (25, 50, 75 and 100) face down and mixed up.

Step 2: Do the same with the 1 – 10 cards, making sure you have at least 2 cards for each number.

Step 3: Players take it in turns to select one of the big number cards or one of the small number cards, until there are 6 cards laid out all together. 

Step 4: Someone who is playing the game needs to generate a 3-digit number. This can be by throwing a dice, or selecting cards from a pile of 0 to 9 cards. 

Step 5: Once the number has been generated, turn over the six cards and players have to try and get to that total using any of the six number cards and any of the four operations. 

Each card can only be used once and the winner is the first person to reach the total, or the player who is closest after a set length of time.

 

KS1 Tip - This game can be adapted for younger children by choosing the numbers on the cards carefully and having them aiming to reach a 2-digit number, rather than a 3-digit number. 

Indoor Maths game 1 - supporting video

Indoor maths game 2: Yes/No Game 

This simple game is all about bringing together conversation and maths. 

What you need to play:

  • Two or more people
  • Cards numbered 1-10 or 1-20 (these can be made from a sheet of paper, playing cards etc.)

How to play:

Step 1: The game starts with the two players facing each other. Each person selects a numbered card, does not look at it, and sticks it on their forehead, so the other player can see it but the person whose card it is cannot.

Step 2: Choose one person to go first, they ask a question, for example...

Is my number even? Is my number 1-digit? 

The answers given by the other player can only be Yes or No.

Step 3: Each player has to work out what number is on their own card.

 

KS1 Tip - The numbers could be smaller to start with and the questions asked using simpler vocabulary or objects on the cards, such a a 2d shape. For KS2 children, the vocabulary could be more complex, for example ‘Is my number prime?’ etc. You could also increase the digits on the cards, or use negative numbers for more of a challenge.

 

Yes/no example game:

Indoor maths game 3: Multiplication Bingo 

Bingo is a fun game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and this version puts a mathematical twist on this classic game, as a way to boost multiplication skills.

What you need to play:

  • Paper to write numbers down on
  • Something to write with
  • Two or more people

How to play:

Step 1:  Players write down 5 numbers, which are multiples of a given times table. For example: if they were doing the 5 times table, they might write 10, 35, 45, 50 and 60.

Step 2: A third person can lead the game and call out multiplication questions from the chosen times table, or they can be written on cards, jumbled up in a pile for players to take turns picking and reading out.

Step 3: If the player has an answer to the question on their bingo board, they can cross it out. First person to cross out all their numbers is the winner. 

 

KS1 Tip - Stick to times tables like 2, 5 and 10 to start with, until feeling more confident to move on to other tables. 

Maths game 4: Maths Problem Scavenger Hunt 

All children enjoy a scavenger hunt, so why not make one based around maths? 

What you need to play:

  • Some creativity
  • A garden or home full of measurable objects!
  • you may need scales, ruler, tape measure, depending on how you design your hunt.

How to play:

Step 1: Give children a grid with some pre-set weights and lengths on. It will then be a challenge for them to find something in the garden that is approximately 10cm long, or something in the house that weighs 300g (as an example).

You could even include questions on the grid like ‘How much does a tin of beans weigh?’ 

To further the challenge, UKS2 children could convert between weights, for example grams to kg, or metric to imperial weight. 

Step 2: Get your child to gather all of the items they think match the weights and lengths on the card, and check how well they have done with some kitchen scales and a tape measure!

Scavenger Hunt example:

Maths game 5 - The 24 Game:

This is a very simple game that will help your child practice their arithmetic skills, and it is a game they can play with a group of friends.

What you need to play:

  • A pack of playing cards (The number cards only)

How to play:

Step 1: Each player picks 4 number cards at random from the pile. 

Step 2: They then need to find a way to manipulate the 4 digits using any of the 4 operations (+, -, x, ÷) so the end result is 24

For example, if they chose 4, 7, 8, 8, they could do (7 – (8÷8) x 4 = 24)

Step 3: If nobody is able to reach 24, you can make it closest wins! 

 

KS1 Tip - You could adapt this game so that the children can only use addition or subtraction, or work together with a sibling or adult to get to the desired number. You could let them check more complicated calculations (like the one in the example) with a calculator and ‘mark’ yours or a sibling’s answers! 

The 24 Game - supporting video:

Outdoor maths game 6: Multiplication Hopscotch

Everyone knows how to play hopscotch, but by introducing maths into the mix you can take this traditional playground game to the next level. 

What you need to play:

  • Chalk

How to play: 

Step 1: Using chalk (or you could use sheets of paper as hopscotch squares), draw out hopscotch squares on the ground and in each square, write either multiples of a number or multiplication facts.

Step 2: Each person then hop, skips and counts at the same time, which is a really good way of helping those multiplication tables stick. 

 

KS1 Tip - A great thing about this game is it can be done independently or with more than one person. You can vary the questions depending on the age of the child, and they can set the questions themselves if doing it independently. They could even challenge a sibling or an adult by creating them their own hopscotch! The hopscotch could be as big or as elaborate as you have room for, and quickly wiped off and changed if needed. 

Hopscotch supporting video:

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