More Activities Using Counters

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

En-counters

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

Snail One Hundred

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

Teddy Bear Line-up

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

6 Beads

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

Three by Three

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Beads

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Counting Counters

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Make Pairs

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.