Here are some games, investigations and activities we think are particularly good for children in Year 3 and 4.

Some of these tasks may appear on other year group pages too. These tasks are open-ended and the children can learn a lot from exploring them. These types of activities are used a lot in the classroom as children have the same starting point but can take their thinking in lots of different directions. Some children may need extra prompts and support to guide their thinking.

[Last update 18 July 2020]

In addition to the table below, there are more general links on this Additional Links Page. A link for those who would like to contribute or suggest resources is on the main Primary page.

Year group | Theme/Description | Activity TypeMaths content |
Task Summary | Printer | Adult | You will need |

Y4, Y5, Y6 | Palindromic Numbers | InvestigationAddition of 2 and 3 digit numbers |
Explore adding palindromic numbers to establish whether the total is palindromic | No | No | Paper and pencil |

Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 | Farmer’s Fields | InvestigationNumber fluencySystematic thinking |
Work with the number 25 to allocate workers to fields so that the farmer can see 9 workers from each window in his house. | No | No | Paper and pencil |

Y 2, 3 | Robot Monsters | InvestigationSystematic thinking/height |
Combine different heads, bodies and legs to make monsters that fit a given height criteria. | Yes | No | scissors, paper to record on |

Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | The Remainder Game | Game Division facts |
Division facts game, highest score of remainders wins! | No | You need a partner to play with | Group of objects, pen and paper |

Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | The Mars Mission: Building on Mars Design and build a Martian Village | Practical/DT2D nets, 3D shapes |
Investigate 2D nets to make 3D shapes. Invesigate which shapes are best to use for Martian houses and why. | Yes | Advisable | to print 2D nets, glue, sellotape, |

R Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Pavement Chalk Designs | DrawingShapes |
Mark out a rectangle on the pavement using masking tape. Use tape to make sections within the rectangle. Colour in the sections to create a design. | No | Yes for younger children | Masking Tape, chalks, ruler or measuring tape |

Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Game of Hex | GameStrategic thinking |
Try to be the first player to create an unbroken chain from one side of the board to another | Optional | Play against computer or a partner | Internet or print a copy of Hex Grid |

Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Leo the Rabbit Game | GameSystematic working |
Find how many different ways Leo rabbit can hop up a number of stairs | No | Yes for younger children | Piece of paper and a pen |

R Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Count on me | InvestigationCounting on fingers/systematic working |
How many ways can you show each number from 1 to 5 on 1 hand or 2 hands | No | Yes | Fingers |

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | Dice Games | GameNumber fact fluency |
Make sets of dice that add up to 10. Set different target numbers for a challenge. | No | Yes for younger children | Up to 10 dice |

R Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | Pick Up Leaves | Outdoor activitySorting |
Pick up leaves or other items on a walk, sort them in different ways when you get home. | No | Yes | Items collected on a walk |

R Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Shape Origami | Investigating shapes2D shapes |
Investigation what shapes you can make by folding paper in different ways | No | An adult will be needed to set the activity up | Pieces of paper for folding |

Y4 Y5 Y6 | Make a Hexaflexagon | Investigating shapesHexagons |
Create a Hexaflexagon and have fun exploring how many faces it has. | Yes | An adult will be needed to set the activity up | Print out of sheet, scissors, glue, pens, pencils |

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | Make 30 | Number fact fluency gamePairs of numbers to total 30 |
An adult initially sets up a 5 by 5 grid with number bonds to 30. The child has to try and find the mystery number which doesn’t have a number that adds with it to make 30. | No | You need a partner to play with | Pen, paper, counters (or small objects) |

Y3 Y4 | How Close to 100 | Gamesingle by single digit multiplication |
roll dice and multiply them. Colour in a rectangle of that array on a blank 100 grid. | Yes | You need a partner to play with | 2 dice, printed grid, pencil/colouring crayons |

Y2, Y3, Y4 | From Here To There | GameAdding and taking away 10; adding and subtracting 1, 2, 3 or 4 |
Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | No | You need a partner to play with | Paper and pencil, Deck of cards, counter or coin |

Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 | The Tower of 40 | Number fact fluency gameAddition, subtraction, multiplcation and division facts |
Make a gameboard with two digit numbers. Turn over two cards and chose whether to add, subtract multiply or divide to cross a number off on the board. | No | You need a partner to play with | Paper and pencil, Deck of cards, counter or coin |

R, Y1, Y2, Y3 | Make a Ten Memory | Number fact fluency gameAdding digits 0 to 10 |
Sort out cards to make 10 pairs of cards that total 10. Turn them over and make a 4 by 5 grid with the cards. Turn over two cards, keep them if they are a bond to 10. | No | You need a partner to play with | Deck of cards |

R, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 | Lego Barrier Game | Activity3D Shape matching using verbal instructions |
You and your partner have the same lego pieces. One person builds a shape and then describes it to the other person so they hopefully build a shape that matches. | No | You need a partner to play with | Hard books to make a barrier, Lego. |

Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 | Multiplication Ludo | Number fact fluency gameMultiplication and Division fatcs |
Race to get your four counters from 1 square to the 120 square | Yes but you could also hand draw the grids | You need a partner to play with | 120 chart, 4 counters, six sided dice |