The fastest hands
Students walk around each other and compete in scissor-paper-stone games as a warm up. Then the game develops so that the students compete in mathematics. The game continues in the same way but when students meet each other they ‘1-2-3-now’. On ‘now’ the students show a number of fingers (between 1-10). The opponent does the same thing. The aim is to add up the number of fingers as fast as possible, the fastest gets a point. Then the student finds a new opponent.
The difficulty can be increased by making the students multiply the numbers. The students could also use subtraction (where the smallest number is subtracted). In other subjects the game be varied by having the students compete against each other but the teacher asks the questions e.g. in geography
– ‘what is the capital of Spain?’ The fastest to answer wins.