In Student/Parent Resources, Year 2, Year 3

Level: Year 2 & Year 3

Author: Anna Bock


In this activity students have an opportunity to engage in many aspects of mathematics in the context of a game such as:

  • Subsitising quantities on the dice
  • Estimating the total quantity collected
  • Counting using efficient strategies to find the total (moving away from counting by ones)
  • Adding collections to calculate how many altogether
  • Comparing quantities to find the difference

This activity covers the following Australian Curriculum – Mathematics Content:

  • Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies (ACMNA030)
  • Recall addition facts for single- digit numbers and related subtraction facts to develop increasingly efficient mental strategies for computation (ACMNA055)

Notes for parents:

  • This game can be played many times as the totals will often be different and the focus of the mathematics can change
  • A video included to help with how to play the game


  • Modified from The One-Minute Challenge in Engaging Maths: 25 favourite lessons by Doug Clarke & Anne Roche (page 41)

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