These games were sent by Shona Leggatt at Central Primary – thank you so much!








A huge thank you to Lianne Pirie at Tore Primary for sharing her counting cards for the Rook game:


This is also known as Four Kings, and can be played either using the four suits from a pack of playing cards or as follows:

Print out four copies on four different colours of card or paper. Shuffle cards and place out in four rows, face down. Pick up first card from top row and decide where card should go in row using knowledge of number sequence. Child can decide which row is which colour. Place card in correct position, then pick up card it has replaced and decide where it should go – continue till all four sequences are correct. This is a very simplified version, but so useful for working on number sequences with a group or individual child. This can also be adapted by simpler sequences, e.g. numbers 12 – 21 in ones, and targeted to particularly tricky sequences for a group or individual. You can also begin with just two sets and work up to four. Look in Developing Number Knowledge (Wright et al) for the full version of the game!


Annie Mellor has developed a wonderful series of games to help develop mental agility, build knowledge of number structure and basic facts and promote mathematical thinking.

These can be adapted and tailored to the learning needs of children from early levels right through to secondary levels, and as I have found,  offer challenge and lots of fun for any age group! Although, as Annie does warn, some of the games can be addictive!

Most of the games only require a pack of playing cards, and are such a fantastic way of making maths and numeracy fun for children, while developing their confidence and sense of achievement. These could be used to plan learning linked to the Highland Numeracy Progression to develop number sequences and structure, Basic Facts, practice activities, or for home learning activities that both parents and children will enjoy.

A pack containing instructions for forty-five of these games, as well as a DVD showing children playing the games costs £25.00, with lots of other resources also available. Please contact Annie for more details or information on:  or myself on:


Some new games to help consolidate tables facts – thanks again Carole!

Multiply by 2 Game Multiply by 3 Game Multiply by 4 Game Multiply by 5 Game

A great link for printable games linked to different areas of knowledge:

Some games to help with fractions, decimals and percentages:

Fraction Comparison         Fraction dominoes

Fraction of the sea – EA               Fraction Sort Cards

Fractions Snap-Memory              Hook them up – Fraction of a set         In the Tank

Make a Decimal             Make a Fraction

Pick a Percent                                Fraction Attack EA-AA

Some more great games from Carole – ideal for First* level!

Addition and subtraction board games

More games – thank you to Carole from Hillhead Primary for these!

Subtraction within 20 b Track Game

Ten plus facts Track Game

Division Game board      Division Game questions

Domino Track Game – addition

Double the fun          Doubles Track Game           Finding a half of… Track Game

Jumping in tens Track Game

Making 10 Track Game

Missing numbers Track Game subtraction b

Missing numbers Track Game -addition

Missing numbers Track Game subtraction a

Near doubles Track Game

Number bonds within 10 Track Game

Odd and Even Track Game

Subtracting from 10 Track Game

Subtraction within 20 a Track Game

Some useful games to help with Basic Facts:

Crunchy Carrots to 10

Crunchy Carrots to 20

Double Dinosaurs to 12

Greedy for Gold AND Giving your Gold

Halving Hippos from 12

Halving Honeybees to 20

Lillpad Leaps to 10

Lillpad Leaps to 20

Numbers to ten tens frame fill playdough v2

Subitising Jigsaw

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