Number Games

My little 7 year olds are getting tired!  Third term blues and exam season, they tire very easily in the afternoons!  Or perhaps my teaching is causing the lethargy - hope not!

To get create some excitement and movement (but learn and consolidate at the same time - my sneaky plan!), we play number games.

I have two favourites called Ping Pong and Popcorn.

Ping Pong revises Number Bonds and I hope to have speedy, automatic responses without thinking.  Although my children can add Hundreds Tens and Units with bridging on paper, many still count number pairs on their fingers!

PING PONG
It goes like this:  I shout 'Ping' at them, they shout 'Pong' back.  I may shout it twice, three, four times and their response must be the same.  They love the freedom of shouting and have woken up! Lol!

We then practice and consolidate their knowledge of number pairs/bonds up to 10, then up to 20.

I tell them the number eg 10, then shout a number instead of ping, eg 2, they must respond with 8 and so on.  The children love this and it can be very funny!

POPCORN
This one is to consolidate the children's knowledge of odd and even numbers.  They stand behind their chairs and when I call an odd number, they must crouch down.  When I call an even number, they spring up high with their hands in the air and shout 'POPCORN'.  I love to try and catch them out, especially with big numbers and the results can be hilarious!

An extra game they like to play, but on paper, is THE SECRET NUMBER - see download below.

I deliberately choose low numbers to make it fun, but still leave some challenge.  I might have a grid on the board with the numbers 1 to 15.  Once of these numbers is my 'secret' number.  I give them four clues, which if followed correctly, will lead to my secret number.  Examples of clues:
1.  It is an odd number
2.  It has 2 digits etc

The bigger challenge is when I give them their own number grid, they choose their secret number and make up their own clues.  I sometimes do this with the older classes I teach in the afternoons and they add examples such as: it is a prime number, it's a multiple of....and so on.

Hope you try these out and have fun!  Let me know what you think!

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