Package 4-1 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Go fish: relationships Things you need

This task will help your child identify relationships between numbers.

Week 5 - Package 1 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Go fish: relationships

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

  • Create your own playing cards at home

Why is this activity important?

Having strong knowledge of relationships between numbers is a critical part of developing number sense. It later enables students to work flexibly with numbers and operations.

Before you start

It is important to vary your language as you play this game, asking about the same idea in different ways. For example:

  • 1 more than can also be expressed as “the number after”.

  • 1 less than can also be expressed as “the number before”.

Give your child time to think and support them in working out unfamiliar number relationships. For example:

  • “Let’s see if we can work this out have 4. One less than 4 is the same as the number before so we can count back to work out what that number is. We can start counting at any number, so let’s start at 4. (Show 4 fingers) Here’s 4. If I take 1 away, 1 less than 4, how many fingers are left?” (show 3 fingers and give thinking time to your child, letting them say 3. If needed, calmly repeat your thinking aloud).

What your child needs to know and do

You can easily adapt this task to suit the skills of your child.

What to do next

Watch the Go fish: relationships video.

How to play:

  • Each player gets 7 cards. The rest of the cards are placed in a pile in the middle.

  • Players try to make pairs that are 1 more, 1 less, 2 more, or 2 less.

  • Once they can't make any more pairs, they can take turns to ask their opponent.

    • If their opponent has a card of that number they must give it to the asking player.

    • If they don't, they say 'Go Fish' and the player gets a card from the central pile of cards.

  • Play continues until one player has no more cards left in their hand. They are the winner!

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Change the aim of the game to match 1 more or 1 less only.

Activity too easy?

Change the aim of the game again, looking to match ‘triples’ by asking for the number between 2 other numbers.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • Is there another way we could play this game? Let’s make up some new rules together

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