123 Show! (addition)
Learner play in pairs. They each show a certain number of fingers. The winner is the learner who can determine the sum of the two numbers first.
- Practice addition
- Practice working with a partner
How to play
- Learners sit facing each other with their hands behind their backs.
- Together they say ‘1, 2, 3, show’ and as they say ‘show’ they both bring one of their hands to the front and show a certain number of fingers. In the picture the adult is showing 2 and the child 5.
- The first learner to shout out the sum of the two numbers wins. In the picture the sum is 7 because 2 plus 5 is 7.
- Start with each learner showing only one hand (i.e. not more than 5 fingers). Later learners can show fingers on two hands (i.e. numbers are increased to 10).
- For Grade 1 learners don’t make this a competition, let each leaner count the total number of fingers. Later learners can practice counting on from the number of fingers that they have shown.
- If space is a problem and learners can’t put their hands behind their back, learners can raise and drop their hand 3 times before showing their number as one would do when playing Rock, Paper, Scissors.
- To play with the whole class ask two learners to come to the front. The class calls out 1, 2, 3, show! The two learners in front each show a number. The whole class shouts out the sum of the two numbers.