Number Games

Understanding the meaning of a number through number games

The function of number games is to deepen the understanding of the meaning of a number.

Kids learn to count from a very early age, but they don't necessarily understand what the numbers represent.

As kids grow they learn to understand the meaning of numbers, the amounts they represent and their sequential order.

The following number games were designed to establish the understanding of the mathematical meaning of numbers: sequence, amount, bigger than, smaller than, etc..

Who is quicker?

Number of players: two or more
Accessory kit for each player: a box containing objects of different shapes and sizes, number cards, a piece of paper divided into six squares.
• Choose a number and call it out loud.
• The child is required to find the number among the number cards and place it on the top left square. On the other squares he must place the amount of objects that coincide with the chosen number.
• It's important that the composition of articles differ from square to square so that the child grasps the fact that the size and color of the objects have no significance in the representation of the number.
A harder level:
Allotment of time for representing the number. The shorter the time the child has the more challenging it becomes.

Who's missing?

Number of players: two or more
• Prepare 10 cards in advance that have the numbers from 1 to 10 written on them. Arrange them in a line according to size from the smallest to the biggest.
• Now ask the child to turn around (in the classroom ask the child to exit the room) and remove one of the cards from the line.
• The child has to work out which number is missing from the sequence.
A harder level:
After you have removed a number from the line, mix the remaining numbers up and ask the child to work out which number is missing.

Who am I?

Number of players: two or more
• Prepare 10 cards in advance that have the numbers from 1 to 10 written on them.
• Choose a number but don't reveal to the child which one you have chosen. (as the child knows the numbers better you may enlarge the range of numbers)
• Now the child has to discover the number you have chosen by asking mathematical questions such as:
Is the number smaller than...?
Is the number bigger than...?
Is the number even...?
Each question will reduce the possible answers.
• The child has to identify the numbers which could not possibly be the number that you have chosen and to place them on the side.
• Continue with the questions until the child discovers the chosen number.
A harder level:
The more skillful the child becomes at asking questions, the more you may challenge him to finding the number by restricting the number of questions that may be asked.

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