Math Games to Make Math Fun!

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Target Maths: basic sums

A fun twist on the old classic.

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Game Part A

1. Give all the kids a copy of the worksheet to the right. They draw a picture of themselves in the middle.

2. In the middle square they write an age. Not their own age, but any age between 1 and 12. If the kids are all tending to write the same age, use dice to choose. Or tell them to write an age between 1 and 12 and then swap sheets with the person next to them!

3. They then go and ask their friends "Hello, how old are you?"

4. The friend responds by saying "I'm... " and then the age that is written in their middle square.

5. The person who asked then writes this age in one of his/her vacant places on the worksheet.

6. If they already have that age written down they must pass and go and find someone who has a different age!!

7. The game finishes when everyone has filled all 9 squares.

Game Part B

1. Everyone sits down in their seats.

2. You play the Ball and Music game, by having two balls passed around whilst playing some music. The kids could even pass around 2 mobile phones!

3. When the music stops, the two kids who have the balls (or phones ) make a sum i.e. the first kid thinks of a number (e.g. "7"), the second kid uses this number to make a sum where the answer is a number between 1 and 12 (e.g. 7 + 3 = 10) .

4. If anyone in the class has this answer on their card they put a cross through it. ( If the kid who says the sum is clever they'll obviously make the answer a number they haven't crossed out yet!)

5. The first person to get 3 in a row wins!! (Or whichever bingo rules you wish to choose!)

6. Try the Genki English "How old are you?" song to finish on a high!

Make sure the kids write down a variety of ages. For example if everyone puts down "7" then it'll get pretty boring!!!.

For part B, another way to select the students is to have them make a big circle. At one side their are a pair of desks they must walk through, and at the other side of the circle there are another two desks to walk through. You play some music and the kids walk. When you stop the music, the kids stop. One kid should be in between each pair of desks. These two kids then do the conversation.

Math Games to Make Math Fun!