Simple Addition Game

sponsSimple Addition Game

Today I wanted to share about this simple addition game Miss 4 has been playing. She’s always enjoyed numbers and lately has been asking me for her own ‘sums’ like her big sister often does. Sometimes I am busy with her baby sister and unable to immediately stop and write some for her so I wanted to create a little activity where she could generate her own problems whenever the mood arose! The photo above is what I came up with. There are coloured discs in the white bag that represent numbers, a ‘code’ to work out what the numbers are, and some Spielgaben dots for working out the answer. I was simply going to write the numbers onto the coloured discs at first but decided to make it a little more interesting and challenging for her. Also, Miss 4 is sounding out words already but you could always just use a coloured pen to write the numbers for those who aren’t reading yet.

Simple Addition Game

All she needs to do now is pick out two coloured discs at random, and then work out which number they represent. Some of the colour names were a little tricky for her to read but she can easily work them out by looking at what sound they start with until she is able to recognise them.

Simple Addition Game

She then used the dots to count out each number.

Simple Addition Game

Finally, she counted all the dots together to get her answer!

Here’s a little video of her completing another one…

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into what we’ve been learning. What are you up to?


The discs, dots, and sticks we used for this activity are from our Spielgaben set. An 11% discount is available from Spielgaben for all Happiness is here readers! All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to mentioning Happiness is here and you will be provided with a discount coupon.



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September 22, 2015 at 3:16 pm

This is a great little addition game! Thanks for sharing, I am definitely going to be using this 🙂



September 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

I love that it is set up so she can work with it when she likes 🙂

September 26, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I love this invitation! And few children would be able to resist the mystery of what’s coming out of the bag next.

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