# How many more?

Learners compare numbers using one-to-one matching of counters.

**Purpose**

Learners practice working out the difference between two numbers using one-to-one matching.

**Materials**

- Counters or bottle-caps

**How to play**

- Hand out a number of counters or bottle-caps of two different colours to each learner (e.g. some red ones and some blue ones).
- Ask the learners to tell you how many red ones they have and how many blue ones they have.

*“How many red ones do you have? (5) How many blue ones do you have?” (2)* - Ask them whether they have more red ones or more blue ones.

*“Do you have more red ones or more blue ones?” (red)* - Ask them what the difference is between the red ones and the blue ones (they can line them up next to each other and see how many don’t have a partner).

*“What is the difference between the number of red ones and the number of blue ones?” (3)* - Ask them how many more they have of the one colour than the other colour.

*“How many more red ones do you have than blue ones?” (3)*

**Variations**

Give two children (e.g. Unathi and Lindokuhle) a different number of counters or bottle-caps (preferably the same colour). Ask *“How many does Unathi have and how many does Lindokuhle have?” “Who has more?” “How many more?”*