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Algebra games KS2 – Play around with Cuisenaire rods

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Years 3-6

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One of the best ways to learn and have fun with maths that involves using numbers and symbols is by using colourful Cuisenaire rods. These algebra games KS2 resources will help you do just that…

Algebra games KS2 ideas

Start off by giving children our 0-9 numerals worksheets. Ask them to work out which numbers they can create using Cuisenaire rods. For an extra challenge, ask them to use a specific number of rods to make some numbers. For example, they can use exactly six rods to make the number six.

Alternatively, use our letter resource and ask kids to cut out and spell their name, initials, or the name of someone they love using Cuisenaire rods.

Once students have made their numbers or letters with the rods, they can write down a maths expression to show what they used. For example, they can write 5 = 3G + Pur + Pink + W

To make it even more interesting, play a colour block game. Print out our game cards and cut them out. Put the cards face down. Kids can choose a card with a number from one to ten and then color in squares on a grid using the colors of Cuisenaire rods.

The coloured sections should be in a straight line, just like the rods. They should also write their initials on each square they colour. The person with the most colours on the board wins.

John Bee is head of KS2 and maths leader at a primary school. Follow John on Twitter @mrbeeteach and see more of his work at mrbeeteach.com. Browse more algebra games.

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