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Snail One Hundred

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Snail One Hundred

This game is about counting up to 100.

the snail game board

You will need the board which you can download here, an ordinary dice and a pair of matching counters for each player.

How to play the game:
To start put both your counters on "0" - which is the snails's eye!

The first player throws the dice and moves one of their counters that number along the snail's body. Take turns at throwing the dice.

After you get to "9" the first counter goes back to "0" and the second counter goes onto "1 ten".

Go on moving the first counter along the snail's body and moving the second counter to the next "ten" every time you get to the end and go from 9 to 0.

The winner is the first to reach "100".


Why play this game?

This game will help children to understand the tens and units structure of the numbers to a hundred. It can be used as an activity for one child on his/her own or by up to three at once. If there are four, it would be more suitable to play two parallel games.

Possible approach

It could work well by introducing the game to just a few pairs or groups, one at a time.  You could sit with the children and play with them until they understand what to do, in particular when they reach "9".

Once a pair understands the game you could give them the task of teaching others by playing with them.

A copy of the game, counters and dice could be made available for children to choose as an activity during appropriate times of the school day.

Key questions

What do you do with the second counter when you reach "9"?
What do you do with the first counter when you reach "9"?
How many more tens until you get to "100"?

Possible extension

Learners could use two dice and add the results.

Possible support

A child who is struggling to understand may need to play the game with an adult first before playing with their friends.