Monday, 2 September 2013

Teaching Numbers with Games + Linky Party & Freebie!

So, I have managed to maintain SOME sanity after the crazy few weeks of returning to teaching after a long holiday. I need another one (ASAP) haha. This post will explore different games that you can use to incorporate number recognition and reinforcement throughout the year. Numbers and word numbers are not easily remembered so repitition and exposure should always be key throughout the teaching process.

Here are two simple games to begin reinforcing numbers 0-10 (without the use of any written resources - but your mind of course! =P)

Counter Count Race
1. Draw simple counters on the board in groups of 10 on the board and leave a small circle underneath for students to write down their numerals. Divide the class into two large groups. Instruct the students that when you say START, one person from each group must come up to the board, count the counters and write the digit on the board. Continue this process until all have completed and warn the class that they are timed. For example if they are profficient enough - allow them 5 minutes to complete the task (should be plenty) and if they are beginners, allow them 10 minutes. WHichever group completed all the numbers first AND gets all the digits correctly wins the round.

Listen, Count and Place
2. Use a box of tools such as buttons, toys etc. and give each group a set of ten items. The box must remain in the middle of the table and students must be seated in their groups with no chatting (about contents of the box etc). Asign one student to be the 'tally officer', he/she will record their results on a paper. Begin the game by instructing the students that they will compete against the other group by listening to the number you call out and counting the number of items and placing them on the table. They must do this within a 30-40 seconds after you call out the number. Each number called out must be represented with items in front of 1 member from each group. For instance if you've got 25 students in class and you have a group of 12 each, then call out as many as 12 numbers. The tally officer will record the number you say on a piece of paper along with the number e.g (number 1 is '2'). By the end of the game, you walk around and instruct the tally officer of how many numbers the group completed correctly!

Here is a simple math center that I've created to help reinforce these numbers in a fun and engaging way! Click on the image below to grab your freebie!

Linky Party!

This is my very very first so I hope all goes well. :)

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. This had turned into a very useful linky...thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for hosting!


    Learning in the Little Apple

  3. OMG! I need new math games! This is the best linky ever!!!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

    1. Thank you Kimberly!! I just spent 20 minutes going through all the links... amazing! Also stopped by your blog and joined. LOVE it. :)

  4. I found you on Pinterest and am so glad I did! Love the name and design of your blog and think this is an amazing linky! I have found several good ideas in the last ten minutes and can't wait to see more of your blog!


    The Math Maniac

    1. Thank you for your kind words Tara! I have found several awesome ideas by others in just minutes as well! Should host more of these. ;)
      Have a great weekend!

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  6. Hi there...I have stuffed up as I am unsure why my thumbnail did not appear on my product Pirate Gumball Style. This is my first try at linking onto a I tried again with Pirate Treasure Style (fingers crossed it works, but I don't know how to go back in and edit Pirate Gumball Style so the cover shows up...can anyone help? This is the link to the product

    I would really appreciate any help or advice as I am so new to this... Kylie

    1. Hi Kylie, have you tried refreshing the page and adding the link again? Sometimes these things freeze up or lag. Let me know if you need more help. :)

  7. Thanks for Hosting this linky, Yara! What a fantastic response!! Well done!! Jody