More Activities Using Counters

These activities all make use of counters.  They supplement the tasks in our Counters Feature.

6 Beads

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

Teddy Bear Line-up

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

En-counters

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This task requires learners to explain and help others, asking and answering questions.

Snail One Hundred

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

Three by Three

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

Three Way Mix Up

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

Counters in the Middle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.

Counting Counters

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Beads

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

Make Pairs

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.