Twister Maths

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: A Visitor

Make a mat from 20 A4 pages joined together with the numbers 1-20 clearly written on them (I placed them in 4 rows of 5).

The children are then told instructions such as " Put your left foot on the answer of 3 add 5" and so on just like the game Twister!

Repeat until the child has 2 feet and hands on the numbers. I got the rest of the class to do "Thumbs up and thumbs down" if the child's answers were correct (Also helps children learn their right from their left!).

The following adaptations have been suggested by Wendy Tebbatt:

I use a Twister mat as A4 paper tends to tear. Write a single digit number on each spot then let the child throw 2 or 3 dice to make a total number. They have to put hands and feet on the numbers to add up to the total. The more hands and feet, the higher the score. A bonus can be given for anyone who has to use their head as well.

Other variations:

  • Vary the number and size of the dice.
  • Use multiplication instead of addition.
  • Let children use a number balance to work out the optimum answer.
  • Disallow using the same digit twice in an answer.
  • Play the game in pairs with mixed ability children.


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I've used this but made it small so they play finger twister, that way every child can play in the class, it can be differentiated with different numbers on each sheet.