Fun maths games

My favourite subject is maths and my main reason for getting into teaching was to help children see how fun maths can be! So you can expect a few more posts on teaching primary school maths in the future. I want to share some great starter/plenary/ spare moment (rare..) activities that my year 2 class absolutely love to play. I've played these games with all primary ages from yr1-6 (just differentiated by using bigger numbers or included decimals).

primary school maths games fun and easy to set up


Place value bingo: Two children go head to head making the biggest possible number using their thousands, hundreds, tens and ones columns (or other depending on ability). The other children write a digit between 0-9 on their whiteboards and keep it secret. Then the two children take turns to choose a child and then use their number in one of their columns. If they choose someone who just has a 3 they may want to put it in the ones column of their number and a 9 would be in the thousands etc.

More than or less than? Two children go head to head guessing the number on the board behind them. The rest of the children must shout more than or less than for their guesses. They shout equal to once they guess the correct answer. The game could be any number under 100 or 1000 or higher depending on ability.

Multiplication football: This is great for times table practice. All you need is two players, dice and two counters. Choose which times tables they want to use and when they roll the dice, they multiply the dice number by their times table. If the answer is in the first row of their side of the pitch they can move into it. If not, it's the other players turn. First player to get their counter through each row to their partner's goal, scores!  Download the multiplication grids from my tes.
fun board game to teach multiplication and practice times tables


Odd one out: This can be played as a class or in small groups/pairs. A child (or teacher) has to think of three numbers (and a reason why one is the odd one out) and the others have to work out which might be the odd one out and the correct reason why! This could also work with shapes.

maths games primary school class fun and easy to set up


Check out my TES shop for free and cheap resources, activities, and worksheets for your primary school class.

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