ADDITION GAMES

There are lots of addition games you can play to reinforce maths facts with your child while they play!

Fishy Addition!!

When my children were small I made up a game called "Fishy Addition". They had to catch two fish using a fishing rod, count the dots on them and tell me the answer. Each time they would also run their finger over the sand numbers and say the number. This helped them associate the number with the amount the number represents.

To make the fish, I simply cut a fish shape out of sponge and printed them onto cardboard using paint and added black dot stickers from 1 to 5. I then added sand numbers by simply gluing sand onto them. The little fishing rods were dowel sticks with a magnet tied to the end of a piece of string to catch number fish with. The fish had metal paper-clips on the front for the magnets to pick up.

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Fun With Dice

I made 2 large die with wooden blocks and stick-on-dots, and we would play games by throwing the dice and then saying the number on each and then adding them together. I left one side blank, and then put dots on from 1 to 5 so that we could practise addition up to 10. They worked really well and from there you can move on to the conventional 1 to 6 dot dice, or make your own with actual numbers on them.

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Maths with Playing Cards

We still use this one often for reviewing maths facts and my children still love it. Just take a normal deck of cards and remove the jokers. The ace counts as 1, and the jack, queen and king as 10. Divide the pack evenly between you and your child and each flip over a card with the numbers facing up. The first one to say the sum and get the correct answer gets the cards. I have found a few sets of fun cards with bugs and other fun things on them too which have been great for a change and also good for using with a theme.

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