I use this material for different types of games and activities. There are 2 types of train sets. One with matching colours (One – 1 are both yellow, Two-2 are both green etc) and one with different colours (One yellow – 1 red) so that you have two levels of difficulty.
Idea 1: Stick one train on the wall (with blu-tack). Give the second train to the pupils. They have to read the number on the first train and then stick the word card underneath to make the second train – or of course the other way around.
Idea 2: Find the pairs. Stick the cards on the wall with the picture facing the wall. Each child is allowed to turn 2 cards. She must say the number out loud. If the pair matches, she is allowed to keep the cards. If they don’t match, she puts them back on the wall and the next child turns two. (If it’s too complicated on the wall, you can simply play it on the table)
Idea 3: Hide cards in the room (Maybe not all 12, but half). Have the pupils stand at one side of a wall. Shout out a number. The student who finds the card first and brings it to you gets one point. You can either play it with only the numbers, only the words or both mixed so that 2 children might get points.
Idea 4: Glue 8 numbers on the walls (2 per wall). Leave quite some space between them. Hang them high enough so that the children can’t touch them. Call out a number. The pupils have to run to the correct number and try to touch it (by jumping as high as they can – just make sure they won’t be able to, or your cards won’t live very long)
Idea 5: Scramble. Play in pairs. Take 2 equal trains (2 number trains or 2 word trains) and scramble them on the floor. The child that can put a complete train in the correct order the fastest, gains a point. You can organize it as a competition where the winners have to play against each other again.
Idea 6: Put all the cards on a desk on one side of the classroom. Choose 2 children to play with. They stand at the opposite wall (have a desk ready there as well). Give a start sign. The children run to the desk (they are only allowed to take 1 card at a time), bring it back and place it on the opposite desk and run back to get the next card.
This continues until the first child has all the train complete on the opposite desk.
Idea 7: Put one train on the floor, have the children sit around it in a circle.
Call out a number. The children have to slap the right card as fast as they can. The fastest child gets the card.