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Maths Games

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by brookes, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. I might have misunderstood what you're after ("most games require internet access"?) but pen-and-paper, domino and card games go down well. I find whole class games more productive and calmer though. Use giant dice and cards etc so that you can manage the turns. Another two minute time-filler is throwing some daft object such as a small teddy around and counting out a sequence or answering your quick-fire questions.
  2. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    As brookes said why not try some pencil and paper games for example? Maybe try Sprouts, I have a link to some instructions here.
    Number puzzles would be possible on paper, you could use the make a number type problems or Countdown with targets and numbers chosen by you if necessary to suit your class.
    Nim would be possible with counters - or on paper.
    There have been several threads on here where people have made suggestions for games in class - so worth a search if you have not done so already.
  3. If you go to nrich.org and search under games you will find plenty of excellent ideas.
  4. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    I'll second the nrich recommendation - there are numerous nrich links on the pages I have linked to in my post above.
  5. I often make up games for the pupils.
    Think what you're trying to teach, add an element of luck - or skill.
    Use a tried and tested format: cards, dice, team game, first to finish...
    Off you go.
    If they think it's a game even the most boring stuff can be interesting! (well most...)

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