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Maths Games

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Maths Games. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Maths Games Starters:

A Very Strange Game: Four different actions depending on the number which appears.

Calc-A-Hundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills.

Calculator Nim: A game in which players take turns to add a single-digit number to what is already in the calculator. The winner is the player who makes the display show 30.

Kim's Game 1: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Kim's Game 2: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Kim's Game 3: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Simple Nim: The classic game of Nim played with a group of pens and pencils. The game can be extended to the multi-pile version.

 

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Featured Activity

Polybragging

Polybragging

If you have ever played a card game called Top Trumps you will know the main idea of this game already. Based on the properties of polygons this game for two or more players is a fun way to learn geometric facts.

 

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Comment recorded on the 5 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Stoner, St George's College of Technology:

"This resource has made a great deal of difference to the standard of starters for all of our lessons. Thank you for being so creative and imaginative."

Comment recorded on the 12 July 'Starter of the Day' page by Miss J Key, Farlingaye High School, Suffolk:

"Thanks very much for this one. We developed it into a whole lesson and I borrowed some hats from the drama department to add to the fun!"

Comment recorded on the 24 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Ruth Seward, Hagley Park Sports College:

"Find the starters wonderful; students enjoy them and often want to use the idea generated by the starter in other parts of the lesson. Keep up the good work"

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by Terry Shaw, Beaulieu Convent School:

"Really good site. Lots of good ideas for starters. Use it most of the time in KS3."

Comment recorded on the 10 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Transum, :

"Sorry Mike, because some of the starters link to live data on the Internet there is no CD version. Thanks for your comments."

Comment recorded on the 2 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Angela Lowry, :

"I think these are great! So useful and handy, the children love them.
Could we have some on angles too please?"

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by M Chant, Chase Lane School Harwich:

"My year five children look forward to their daily challenge and enjoy the problems as much as I do. A great resource - thanks a million."

Comment recorded on the 8 December 'Starter of the Day' page by 7(1), Highfield School:

"We found: excitement, marvellous, transported, photography, chocolatey, dictionary, Donald Trump and Mr Quagmire. It also prompted a discussion on the ratio of consonants to vowels in words. We have one with 7:1."

Comment recorded on the 16 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs A Milton, Ysgol Ardudwy:

"I have used your starters for 3 years now and would not have a lesson without one! Fantastic way to engage the pupils at the start of a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 14 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger Kisby, Herts and Essex High School:

"Just a quick note to say that we use a lot of your starters. It is lovely to have so many different ideas to start a lesson with. Thank you very much and keep up the good work."

Comment recorded on the 19 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Nikki Jordan, Braunton School, Devon:

"Excellent. Thank you very much for a fabulous set of starters. I use the 'weekenders' if the daily ones are not quite what I want. Brilliant and much appreciated."

Comment recorded on the 18 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs. Peacock, Downe House School and Kennet School:

"My year 8's absolutely loved the "Separated Twins" starter. I set it as an optional piece of work for my year 11's over a weekend and one girl came up with 3 independant solutions."

Comment recorded on the 19 November 'Starter of the Day' page by Lesley Sewell, Ysgol Aberconwy, Wales:

"A Maths colleague introduced me to your web site and I love to use it. The questions are so varied I can use them with all of my classes, I even let year 13 have a go at some of them. I like being able to access the whole month so I can use favourites with classes I see at different times of the week. Thanks."

Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by S Mirza, Park High School, Colne:

"Very good starters, help pupils settle very well in maths classroom."

Comment recorded on the 23 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Judy, Chatsmore CHS:

"This triangle starter is excellent. I have used it with all of my ks3 and ks4 classes and they are all totally focused when counting the triangles."

Comment recorded on the 8 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Smith, West Sussex, UK:

"I am an NQT and have only just discovered this website. I nearly wet my pants with joy.
To the creator of this website and all of those teachers who have contributed to it, I would like to say a big THANK YOU!!! :)."

Comment recorded on the 26 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Julie Reakes, The English College, Dubai:

"It's great to have a starter that's timed and focuses the attention of everyone fully. I told them in advance I would do 10 then record their percentages."

Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:

"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Thanks"

Comment recorded on the 2 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Wilshaw, Dunsten Collage,Essex:

"This website was brilliant. My class and I really enjoy doing the activites."

Comment recorded on the 17 November 'Starter of the Day' page by Amy Thay, Coventry:

"Thank you so much for your wonderful site. I have so much material to use in class and inspire me to try something a little different more often. I am going to show my maths department your website and encourage them to use it too. How lovely that you have compiled such a great resource to help teachers and pupils.
Thanks again"

Comment recorded on the 6 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Natalie, London:

"I am thankful for providing such wonderful starters. They are of immence help and the students enjoy them very much. These starters have saved my time and have made my lessons enjoyable."

Comment recorded on the 21 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Trainor And His P7 Class(All Girls), Mercy Primary School, Belfast:

"My Primary 7 class in Mercy Primary school, Belfast, look forward to your mental maths starters every morning. The variety of material is interesting and exciting and always engages the teacher and pupils. Keep them coming please."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Johnstone, 7Je:

"I think this is a brilliant website as all the students enjoy doing the puzzles and it is a brilliant way to start a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 10 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mike Sendrove, Salt Grammar School, UK.:

"A really useful set of resources - thanks. Is the collection available on CD? Are solutions available?"

Comment recorded on the 1 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Phil Anthony, Head of Maths, Stourport High School:

"What a brilliant website. We have just started to use the 'starter-of-the-day' in our yr9 lessons to try them out before we change from a high school to a secondary school in September. This is one of the best resources on-line we have found. The kids and staff love it. Well done an thank you very much for making my maths lessons more interesting and fun."

Comment recorded on the 11 January 'Starter of the Day' page by S Johnson, The King John School:

"We recently had an afternoon on accelerated learning.This linked really well and prompted a discussion about learning styles and short term memory."

Comment recorded on the 1 August 'Starter of the Day' page by Peter Wright, St Joseph's College:

"Love using the Starter of the Day activities to get the students into Maths mode at the beginning of a lesson. Lots of interesting discussions and questions have arisen out of the activities.
Thanks for such a great resource!"

Comment recorded on the 9 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Jan, South Canterbury:

"Thank you for sharing such a great resource. I was about to try and get together a bank of starters but time is always required elsewhere, so thank you."

Comment recorded on the 25 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger.kisby@herts and essex.herts.sch.uk, :

"We all love your starters. It is so good to have such a collection. We use them for all age groups and abilities. Have particularly enjoyed KIM's game, as we have not used that for Mathematics before. Keep up the good work and thank you very much
Best wishes from Inger Kisby"

Notes:

Make drill and practice fun by turning it into a game! Playing against a friend adds an extra incentive to do well. The memory game (Kim's game) can be used for general revision as it involves a number of different mathematical topics.
See also Fun Maths and the main Games page.

We also have a number of Strategy Games which, while not being explicitly mathematical, involve similar thought processes to solving mathematical problems. They are ideal for two people sharing one computer.

Maths Games Teacher Resources:

Maths Bingo: This application will pick the bingo numbers for you and present each of the numbers as a mathematical expression.

Pesto: Students classify numbers randomly appearing on the screen by holding up cards

Plane Bearings: A visual aid designed to help pupils estimate three figure bearings.

Playing Card Maths: Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics?

Rounding Snap: If the last card put down equals the previous card to the nearest whole number then all players race to shout SNAP!

Maths Games Activities:

23 or Bust: A game involving mental arithmetic and strategy for two players or one player against the computer.

Algebra Pairs: The classic Pelmanism or pairs game requiring you to match equivalent expressions.

BIDMAS Game: An online interactive game celebrating the order of mathematical operations.

Choose Your Average: This is a game for two players. You should know how to find the mean, median and range of a set of numbers.

Circle Pairs: Find the matching pairs of circle diagrams and circle properties in this interactive online game.

Circle Theorem Pairs: A pairs game based around ten theorems about the angles made with chords, radii and tangents of circles.

Clock Times Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test the ability to compare analogue and digital times.

Connect 4 Factors: This a game for one or two players. The winner is the first to line up four numbers with a common factor.

Digital Darts: An online darts game for one or two players requiring skill, strategy and mental arithmetic.

Discombobulated: A fun game requiring you to find numbers which add up to the target number as quickly as possible.

Don't Shoot The Square: Shoot the numbers but don't shoot any square numbers.

Dump-A-Dice Race: An online board game for two players involving prime and square numbers and making choices.

Equivalent Fraction Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of equivalent fractions.

Fifteen: A strategy game. Play against the computer to select three numbers that add up to 15.

Fizz Buzzer: The digital version of the popular fizz buzz game. Press the buzzers if they are factors of the counter.

Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes.

Fraction Decimal Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent decimals.

Fraction Percentage Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent percentages.

Great Expectation: An interactive online activity requiring logical thinking and a certain amount of luck to place the digits on the correct side of the inequality sign.

Hard Times: The hardest multiplication facts (according to Transum research) are presented in the form of pairs games.

Hi-Low Predictions: A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV show. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower.

Indices Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of indices.

Mathematician Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game requiring the ability to recognise some of the great mathematicians.

Mathopoly: A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure.

Mine Find: Find where the mines are hidden without stepping on one.

Nim: Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from groups of objects. Whoever takes the last object wins.

Number Crunch Saga: A lively numeracy game requiring you to align three numbers to create the given target sum or product.

Numerate: Earn points by creating equations on the grid in this game of equations.

Online Sudoku: An online, interactive version of the popular number placing puzzle.

Pairs 240: Find the pairs of numbers that multiply together to give a product of 240

Pairs Eleven: Find pairs of playing cards of the same suit which add up to eleven.

Pairs Twenty One: Find the pairs of numbers that add up to 21.

Polybragging: The Transum version of the Top Trumps game played online with the properties of polygons.

Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.

Rounding Snap: If the last card put down equals the previous card to the nearest whole number then all players race to shout SNAP!

Shark's Dinner: The mathematical version of the classic hangman game. Guess the letters that are contained in the words.

Snail Race: A race between 12 snails. Which snail is most likely to win? This is the students' version of the race simulation.

Snooker Angles: An online game for one or two players requiring an ability to estimate angles.

Squorder: The Transum version of the traditional sliding tile puzzle.

Sum Game: A game against the clock to find the numbers which add up to the target number.

Tables Conga: Use the arrow keys to collect all the multiples in order while avoiding the Conga Virus!

Tables Dash: Race across the screen to match the times tables question with the answer.

Tables Grab: A one or two player game. The objective is to grab all the multiples of the chosen times table faster than the other player.

Tantrum: A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.

Tran Towers: An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the old mansion.

Tran Tunnels: An adventure game requiring you to answer questions and solve puzzles as you move through the tunnels.

Tug of War: A game for two players or teams testing their speedy reactions to mental arithmetic questions.

Venn Diagram Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of Venn diagrams.

Where's Wallaby?: Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.

Maths Games Investigations:

Songkran Game: Where should you stand in the circle to win the Songkran game?

Tantrum: A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.

Trilett: A strategy game requiring you to select three words with a common letter before the computer does.

Maths Games Videos:

How to Play War Cards: This video shows how to play War cards tweaked just a little to turn it into a maths game.

Mathino Card Game: Introducing Mathino. A number facts card game.

Maths Games Worksheets:

Fifteen Game Printable Cards: A pdf file of the cards used in the Fifteen game.

Game Board for 23 or Bust: A printable game board for 23 or Bust. Choose your own object to serve as the lifesaver such as a pencil sharpener, a rubber or a coin.

Polybragging Cards: Printable cards for the Polybragging game. Use the properties of polygons to win.

Rounding Snap Cards: Printable cards for the Rounding Snap game.

Strategy for 23 or Bust: A printable worksheet containing a table to be filled in with the best moves for the game 23 or Bust.

Trilett Printable Cards: A pdf file of the cards used in the Trilett game.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

 

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