Addition Game to 10 or 20 – Tic-Toc-Ten

by Gareth Brown on 2012/05/03


Download the template here.

Students need to roll the die and place the number rolled into the grid with the goal of adding the numbers vertically, horizontally or diagonally to equal 10 or 20. The game is for primary and elementary school students who need to be challenged and extended with adding numbers to 10 or 20. The game can also be played with older students. Although the concept of adding up to 10 or 20 is a relativley simple one this game can be challenging.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Addition to 10
  • Addition to 20


Required Material

  • A 6 or 10 sided die (1-10)
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Tic-Toc-Ten game template (This is optional)


Aim of the Game:

  • To be the player that puts in the final numbers in a row on the playing grid either horizontally, vertically or diagonally to equal 10 or 20.


How to Play:

  1. Players decide if they’re going to make 10 or 20. Use the Tic-Toc-Ten template or draw a grid. To make 10 draw a grid 3 x 3 or to make 20 draw a grid 4 x 4. Addition Game to 10 or 20
  2. Each player takes it in turn to roll the die. (A six sided die to make 10 or a ten sided die to make 20).
  3. Once they roll a number they place this number in any blank space on the grid.Addition Game for numbers 10 and 20
  4. The aim is to be the player that puts in the final number to equal 10 or 20. (If players are trying to equal 10 and there is a 3 and a 5 next to each other, a player could roll a 2 and put it in line with the 3 and the 5 to make 3 + 5 + 2 = 10)
  5. Players can play a few games and have the best out of 3 or 5 is the winner.



This game is a great quick game to play, the type of addition game children will want to play with their parents or siblings. All they need is a die, some paper and a pencil. If students want to super challenge themselves they can create bigger grids and change the number they have to reach. They could have a 6 x 6 grid and have to reach 30! Or use a 20 sided die and reach 50 on a 5 x 5 grid!!

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