Package 5-4 The counting game: Multiples

This is a great game that supports learners in enhancing their reasoning skills whilst practising their knowledge of counting sequence

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

Pencils of markers


Mathematics workbook

Piece of paper


Why is this activity important?

This is a great game that supports students in enhancing their reasoning skills whilst practising their knowledge of counting sequences. It is easily adaptable to suit a broad range of learners.

Before you start

Gather the resources required.

What your child needs to know and do

Watch the video The counting game: Multiples.

What to do next

  • Select a target number for example 85.

  • Then, select a unit value for example fives.

  • The goal is to be the player who says the target number. Players can count on by saying the next 1, 2 or 3 number words in the fives sequence. Players collect a counter (or a tally mark) if they say the target number.

  • For example:

    • Target number 85

Player A: 5, 10

Player B: 15, 20, 25 …

Player A: 30, 35, 40 …

Player B: 45...

Player A: 50, 55...

Player B: 60

Player A: 65,

Player B: 70, 80, 85!

  • Player B collects a counter (or tally mark!)

  • A new target number is chosen and players play again.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Use concrete materials (counter, blocks, LEGO) to help keep track of the count.

Allow more ‘think time’

Use different numbers to start and finish the counting game. Count by ones.

Use different numbers to start and finish the counting game, including counting backwards.

Count using different multiples, like threes, fours or sevens.

Play the Extension Activity – The counting game: multiples Part 2 (see below)


Follow-up questions to ask your child

Is there a way to play so you never lose?

Could Player A have changed their turn in any way to win? If so, how?

Extension/Additional activity

The Counting game: Multiples Part 2.

This game will test out your strategies!

  • This time starting from a given number and counting back, trying to be the person who says zero. For example:

    • Target number 0 (starting at 110 and counting in tens)

Player A: 100...

Player B: 90, 80...

Player A: 70 …

Player B: 60...

Player A: 50, 40...

Player B: 30, 20, 10...

Player A: zero!


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