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Counting Game with a Multiplication Twist!

If you want to enjoy a fun counting game then give this easy classroom activity a try.

This is a game that will help improve your number skills. What is fun about it is that it has been made trickier than the normal way it is played so that it becomes a fun challenge in classrooms or among friends! You have to answer quickly; this will in turn encourage your classmates or friends to test their problem solving skills and confidence with numbers. Read on and give this game a go!

The aim is to count from 1 to 40, sounds easy right? Well, there is some more explaining to do here. Teachers, if you are reading this-make sure you explain to the students just how the twists work as the game progresses!

What makes this game interesting is the replacing of certain numbers with a selected word of your choice. How do you know which numbers to replace? Here is an example of the game played with multiples of 5 and 7.

All multiples of 5 should be replaced by a word such as ‘huff’ (any word you want to use is fine, get creative and funny) and all multiples of 7 should be replaced by the word ‘puff’ (again, any word you decide to use will do). A multiple of both 5 and 7 (i.e. 35) should be replaced by ‘huff and a puff!’ (Or a combination of whatever two words you decided to use).

Think fast and see if your class can get all the way to 40 without making a mistake.

To make the game a little more difficult you can require that any number featuring a 5 or a 7 (i.e. 17) also require the words ‘huff’ or ‘puff’ as a replacement.

If this becomes really easy, upgrade the level of your game and set higher limits. Try counting all the way to 100, changing the multiples to something different like 3 and 4.

This is a game that families can enjoy on a road trip too! It is sure to bring better results and involvement with each other than tapping on your mobile screens guys. On the long run, educational fun with family and friends is the best!

The game can also be enjoyed with smaller groups of even 3 or 4 players if you’re just among friends.

Take a look at a rundown of how the game should go following the basic rules up to 40: 1, 2, 3, 4, huff, 6, puff, 8, 9, huff, 11, 12, 13, puff, huff, 16, 17, 18, 19, huff, puff, 22, 23, 24, huff, 26, 27, puff, 29, huff, 31, 32, 33, 34, a huff and a puff, 36, 37, 38, 39, huff.

Good luck and have fun guys!


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