Colour By Number

You can do this as a colour by number, but I like to make it a bit more interesting. I print these 1/4 the size, to fit four on a page. Then I ask the students to pair up and choose one of the designs. In pairs they take turns rolling the dice. If they role a number that hasn’t been competed, they colour in that section (not all the numbers). Who ever finishes the colouring first wins. Before they start I like them to colour in the numbers in the key first, to make sure they are reading the colour words correctly.

Adding to 5

I modeled the concept of different ways to make five. I then wrote a sum on a circle piece of paper and created a chain using those numbers. Each student received a sum (on their choice of coloured paper) and then returned to the desks to make their chains. Once they completed the chain they showed me. A few didn’t have the correct amount of chains, so we talked about it and then they returned to fix it. It was a very engaging and worth while activity.


I like to use real money when learning about currency. The plastic stuff doesn’t have the same impact. But how do you keep your students responsible and make sure that you get everything back? I use this printable, laminated.

At the start of the lesson (in their groups) they lay all their coins on this sheet to check they are all there. Then at the end they lay them all out again, I check it and put the money back in the zip lock bag.

Number Building

Here is the template and also some of the game in action.

This idea is that the students roll a dice (dotted dice, so they have to subatise) and when they roll a number that is left on the sheet, they add that many blocks and build mathematics tables. To keep the game rolling, when they finish the sheet, they write their name on the board then play again. Race to see how many ticks you can get next to your name. I usually play this game in pairs as I don’t thousands of blocks!