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Teaching mathematics with fun group games & activities


A powerful and enjoyable method of teaching mathematics is the use of group games and activities.

Many group games and activities are ideally suited to mathematics classes because they are inherently fun to play and can explicitly or implicitly help students grow in their knowledge of key mathematical and numeracy skills.

Skills such as counting, measurement, estimation, patterns, problem-solving and geometry, can all be taught through the use of mathematical games and exercises.

Take a look at the samples listed at the bottom of this page to explore some great activity ideas to blend with your existing maths curriculum.


Benefits of Integrating Group-Based Games Into Your Maths Classes

Some of the more powerful reasons teachers integrate the use of group games and activities into their maths curriculum include:

  • Fun group games are engaging and encourage the whole class to participate;
  • Perfect for short and frequent brain-breaks;
  • Many activities are specifically focused on the use and development of numeracy skills; and
  • When facilitated well, group games can help build critical social and emotional skills among group members.

If for no other reason, your group is sure to embrace the joy that comes from playing many group games.


Group Activities Which Support & Enhance Mathematics Curriculum

The images below provide links to a sample of group activities which can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum to teach mathematics and numeracy skills, drawn from playmeo’s innovative activity database.

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River Crossing

Classic team puzzle that focuses on critical thinking.


ID Numbers

Creative & numerical strategy to get to know people.


Around The World

Fun, whole-of-group mathematical energiser.


Marshmallow Challenge

Classic problem-solving exercise for small teams.


Pairs Compass Walk

Fun, trust-building navigation exercise for partners.


Name Impulse

Exciting get-to-know-you name-game for large groups.



Interactive, get-to-know-you game for all group sizes.