Number Sense Game - Combinations to 12 - 'Blow Me Down'

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Number Sense Game- 'Blow Me Down' is a Number Sense Game that encourages experimentation with Number, mental computation and makes learning fun. The game is an excellent 'addition' to Learning Centers.

Blow Me Down is ideal for learning centers or to get parents involved in your homework program.

Blow Me Down:

A Game of Combinations to 12


To have a little 'thinking fun' while learning about all the possible whole number combinations to twelve.

What You Need:

2 players
2 die
1 game board
10 transparent counters
Paper and pencil to record wins
A timer (optional)


- Decide on the length of play e.g. 5 minutes worth of games, 3 rounds, etc
- Organise a 'round robin' play format if desired.

How to Play:

1. The guard always goes first so decide who is going to be this character.
2. Player 1 throws the dice and adds the numbers.
3. Player 1 uses counters to cover number combinations to the value of the throw e.g. If 12 is thrown they may cover any combination of numbers to 12 i.e. 6 + 5 + 1 or 10 + 2 or 4 + 5 + 3.
4. Player 2 then throws the dice and removes any number combinations available. i.e. they can remove covered combinations of the thrown number from the board.

How to win:

- At the end of the play period the player with the most numbers covered or uncovered is the winner.

Pre-Game Number discussion:

- Write up a number e.g. 4 and have the children record the possible ways to make it using addition involving positive whole numbers e.g. 4 + 0, 3 + 1, 2 + 2, 1 + 3,
- Discuss which of these facts are useful in the game?
- Explore the numbers which allow you to add three numbers together e.g. 8 = 5 + 2 + 1
- Are there any numbers other than 12 which can have 4 numbers added together? 12 =6+3+2+1

After the Game:

- What strategies have you developed to help you do well at this game?
- Would the game be fairer by starting with 6 numbers covered and six uncovered? How can we test this?
- What did you discover about adding you didn't know before playing this game?
- What do you need to work on to have a better chance of doing well in this game next time we play?
- Why is it important to check your opponent’s answers before continuing with your next turn?

Possible Extension:

- In this game the dragon blows the numbers off the wall for some unknown reason and the little guard diligently returns them to the wall without complaining. Create a short narrate as to why this is happening. NB in game construction this is referred to as the back story. It is your job to create the back story for this game.

Included in this Download:

- 4 High Color Boards
- 4 Low Color Boards
- 1 set of Game Rules
- 1 set of Teaching Tips
- 1 PowerPoint file to enable easy display of the game board when introducing the game and doing number talks.


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PS - Huge thanks to the very talented cartoonist Ron Leishman for the rather scared looking soldier in this game :-)
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Number Sense Game -  Combinations to 12 - 'Blow Me Down'
Number Sense Game -  Combinations to 12 - 'Blow Me Down'
Number Sense Game -  Combinations to 12 - 'Blow Me Down'
Number Sense Game -  Combinations to 12 - 'Blow Me Down'
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