Addition Game – Lily Pad

by Gareth Brown on 2012/06/30


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This addition game is for younger students in grades 1 and 2 who are learning about addition. The game can be printed out and only needs counters and pencils to play. This math game is for children in elementary and primary schools and focuses on adding numbers together that the players collect by jumping on different lily pads. Print out the game now and try it with your children or whole classroom.


Learning Outcomes:Addition Game named Lily Pad

  • Addition


Required Material

  • 2 counters
  • Colored Pencils


Aim of the Game:

  • To color in more target numbers than the other player by collecting numbers that can be added together to equal a target number.


How to Play:

  1. Both players choose any lily pad to start from and decide who will go first.
  2. Each player can move 1 or 2 spaces each turn by jumping onto adjacent lily pads. Players cannot land on lily pads occupied by the other player.
  3. Players collect the number on the lily pad they land on and add it to their ‘collected numbers’ grid.
  4. Once a player has two numbers in their collected numbers’ grid that they can add together to equal a target number they can use them.
  5. They add the numbers together and color in the target number the added numbers make. They then cross out the two numbers used and cannot use them again unless they collect them by landing on the right lily pad. (If a player has a 6 and a 5 they can add them together to make the target number 11 because 6 + 5 = 11.)
  6. Once a target number has been colored in it cannot be used again.
  7. The numbers on the lily pads can be used as many times as players land on them.
  8. The game finishes when all of the target numbers have been colored.
  9. The winner is the player who colored in the most target numbers.



Players will need to keep an eye on what numbers the other player has collected. If player 2 is about to add two numbers to equal a target number then player 1 might like to focus on another target number instead of using up turns to equal the same target number as player 2. To add an extra challenge to the game you can get the players to cross out numbers on the lily pads once they have been collected so that they can only be collected once.



Decimal Game – Decimal Quest

by Gareth Brown on 2012/08/17

This decimal game is an engaging way for primary and elementary school students to learn about decimals and how decimals make up a whole. It’s a printable worksheet with 10 different game boards to play. Children need to roll the die and move around the board collecting decimals, once they have a decimal they can add it to their whole shape.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Addition


Required Material

  • Pencils
  • 10 sided die


Aim of the Game:

  • To get the most combinations of numbers that equal the target number by circling numbers in a row that when added together equal the target number.


How to Play:

  1. Players need to decide which target number they’re going to try and equal. a good range is between 15 and 30.
  2. Players take turns rolling the die, the number rolled has to be written into one of the circle by that player.
  3. When a player writes in a number that, when added together with other numbers next to it in a row, equals the target number they then draw a circle around that row using their own color. (If the target number is 15 and a player writes a 4 next to a 3 and an 8 then 4 + 3 + 8 = 15)
  4. Rows can go horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
  5. A number in a row that has been circled can be used again if circled within a different row.
  6. The rows can be as long as six numbers or as short as two numbers.
  7. The game finishes when numbers have been written in all of the circles.
  8. The winner is the player who has circled the most number combinations at the end of the game.



Players can be penalised if they use the wrong type of throw. When I played the game with one class they were really loud so I also initiated a silent rule, if any one spoke they lost a point.

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