123 Show! (difference)
Learner play in pairs. They each show a certain number of fingers. The winner is the learner who can determine the difference between the two numbers first.
- Practice multiplication
How to play
- Children 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 one child is showing 5 and the other child 4.
- The first child to shout out the difference of the two numbers wins. In the picture the difference is 1.
- If children struggle to see the difference, let them match up their fingers with their partner’s fingers to see how many fingers don’t have a partner. In the picture one child is showing 4 and the other child 5. There is 1 finger that doesn’t have a partner. The difference is 1.
- 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).
- 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 difference.