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The Addition Labyrinth Board Game

PDF | 4 pages|Grades: 2 - Lower - 4

A dynamic addition board game for the classroom.

Use this addition game as an engaging maths group rotation any time of year.

Enter the Labyrinth

The Addition Labyrinth is designed for 2–4 players. Increase the number of players by having students work in pairs.

The aim of the game is to be the first player to exit the maze with the correct amount of coins. Each player has a different target number that they are trying to reach. This allows for replayability and encourages students to take multiple paths through the labyrinth.

Add an extra challenge to the game by using the rotating hedges. At the end of each turn, the player can turn a hedge, causing the layout of the maze to shift. Players will need to adapt their paths each turn.

Multiple Addition Strategies

As students move through the maze they will ‘pick up’ coins and add them to their totals.

Encourage your students to focus on using the addition strategy that works best for them. They use the working out space on their Target Number Boards to keep track of their sum and determine what numbers they will need to successfully reach their target.

Preparing for the Classroom

The instructions page and the Target Number Board pages are designed to be printed on A4 sized paper. The game board can be printed A4 or A3. Place the Target Number Boards in write and wipe sleeves.

If you choose to add the Rotating Hedges to the game, cut out the appropriate size depending on the board size. Attach them to the game board using split pins.

To play the game, students will need:

  • a token for each player
  • 2 six-sided dice
  • whiteboard markers.

Extension Possibilities

  • Students write a complete number sentence that correctly reaches their total.
  • Students create a word problem that matches the coins they collected in the maze.
  • Students provide step-by-step directions that outline the route they took from start to finish.
  • Students determine the shortest path (in terms of the number of squares) to reach their total.

  National Curriculum Curriculum alignment

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  • Added clarification to the rotating hedges rule. If a player's token is in the way of a moving hedge they must 'dodge the hedge' by moving to an adjacent square of their choice.

    Addition by Tom (Teach Starter) Apr 28th, 2021

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