**This maths game is simple and fun,**

## Archive for The Games People Play

## Grand National Maths

**Write a maths equation to work out the following sums.**

**1. Find out how long the Grand National race is at Aintree, held every year. The calculate how far apart the fences are if there are 30 in total.**

**2. If the fastest horse travelled at a speed of 25 km / hour, how long did it take to reach the finishing line ?**

**3. The slowest horse travelled at a speed of 15 km / hour – how much further behind the winning horse was he at the finishing line ?**

**4. There were 60 horses running in the race and 10 % of them were white, 1 : 5 were black and one quarter were brown. How many of each colour horse was there ?**

**5. One fifth of the riders wore red silks, 1 : 3 wore blue and 5% wore green. The rest of the riders wore pink silks. Work out how many of each colour silks the riders wore.**

**6. Three of the horse fell at the first fence, 5 fell at the third, 8 fell between the water jump and Beecher’s Brook. If 60 horses started the race, how many horse were left running ?**

**7. 5, 000 spectators came to watch the race. Each paid £5 per ticket. How much is that in total ?**

**8. The odds on one horse were 2 : 1 of it winning. If there were 60 horses in the race, what were the odds of the others winning ?**

**9. Work out the difference in the weight of the lightest horse (575 kg) and the heaviest horse (725 kg). **

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4. a) white = 60 / 100 x 10 = 6 ; b) black = 10 ; c) brown – 60 / 4 = 15

5. a) red – 60 / 5 = 12 ; b) blue – 15 ; c) green – 60 / 100 x 5 = 3 ; d) pinks – 60 – (12 + 15 + 3 = 30) = 30

6. 60 – (3 + 5 + 8 = 16) = 44

7. 5000 x 5 = £25 , 000

8. one horse 40 : 20, therefore, 20 : 40

9. 150 kg

## The Bracket Tennis Racket Maths Game

Divide the class into two teams of tennis players. You could name them “Wimbledon” and the “French Open championship”, for example ! Draw ten tennis rackets on the whiteboard. Inside write a maths sum – the sides of the tennis racket form the brackets of a mathematical equation. Each tennis ball needs to be hit from each tennis racket, by solving the sum, before you can finish each set, match and game. One point is scored for each team when an equation is solved and the ball is shot.

Hitting The Net

Misfire shots (those where the wrong number *above the correct answer *is given) result in one deducted point for that team.

The Broken Racquet Spelling Game

Strike ! Some rackets are hit so hard that a hole in the racket appears … these numbers *below the correct answer *score half as many points (0.5 in normal shots and 1 point in bonus ball shots).

A Bonanza Bonus Ball

A number of the tennis racquets are highlighted (in advance, in secret) by the tennis umpire. The team who solves these equations, by chance, and scores a point by choosing these bonus balls, gets double points. Therefore, if you luckily choose a bonus ball, the team can score at least one point, whether or not the right answer is given.

The Gold Cup

In This maths game, the winning team are the players who score most points in total – with an extra, say 10 points, for the team who comes up with the final answer.For example, one sum that you could possibly use. Bonus balls are marked with a “B”.

(3 x 5) + (12 – 2) (B) + (10 x 10) (B) + (4 / 2) + (8 / 4) = ?

15 (1 point) + 10 (2 points) + 100 (2 points) + 2 (1 point) + 2 (1 point) = ?

Final Gold Cup answer : 129 (10 points)

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## Maths Marathon

Marathon maths starts from base. There are 26 steps and each team takes a shot, in turn at the any of the maths questions, written on the whiteboard by the umpire. If the team gets the answer right, then they move the same number of squares as the answer to the equation. The winner is the first team to pass the finishing line.

START ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ FINISH.

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## Catapult

Jack Beanstalk bought a catapult from the market one day – he wanted to see if he could knock down the fruit in the beanstalk without having to go up the ladder and possibly fall in the hay ! But he had already pea – shooted all his peas … Everyone of the fleas had jumped away and all the mice had gone hunting cheese for the day. So what could Jack Beanstalk possibly use ? To bring down the fruit off the branches for a tasty blackberry pie or stew. As he looked around for possible ideas, he found a caterpillar crawling on one of the pears. Eureka ! That’s that ! He could fire caterpillars and get fruit from where he sat ! As he fired – he missed a gnat ! The catapult elastic almost broke … and Jack Beanstalk almost got one of his fingers stuck. “OUCH !”, he cried out in pain – picking up his catapult and starting all over again ! The catapulted fat caterpillar span through the air and over the mat. Once or twice, he almost got eaten by a hungry rat ! The catapulted fat caterpillar had no sense direction at all – he almost landed with a SPLAT ! on the wall. BANG ! CRASH ! WALLOP ! He hit the tastiest apple of all, the branches shook and one or two started to fall.

**Cat – apulted Cat – erpillar Cat – astrophe**

How many words, like catapult, can you think of that contain the word “tap” ?

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## Basketball Player

**1. The basketball player scored 1 : 2 baskets from his 330 shots at the net. How many did he succeed in scoring ?**

**2. The basketball player ran at a speed of 2 km / hour, how long did it take him to run around the basketball pitch ?**

**3. Work out the surface area of the basketball pitch, if it measured 150 metres long and 50 metres wide.**

**4. If there were 12 players in each of the two teams, but 16.6 % of the first team was sent off and one – third of the second team was sent off, how many players were left ?**

**5. The basketball player was 3.5 m smaller than the goal post. If the player was 175 cm tall, how high was the goal post ?**

**6. The basketball player went to the sports shop and bought – a new pair of trainers for £25.99, a new ball for £5.99, a new pair of socks for £2.99 and a whistle for the Saturday game for £3.99 – how much change did he receive from £100.00 ?**

**7. Using the formula for calculating the volume of a sphere, work out the volume of the basketball if it had a diameter of 50 cm.**

**8. The basket was 15 cm bigger that the ball – how wide was it ?**

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**Answers :**

**1. 110**

**2. 60 mins / speed / distance = 60 / (2 / (150 + 150 + 50 + 50 = 400 m = 0.4 km) = 5) = 12 mins**

**3. 150 x 50 = 7, 500 sq metres**

**4. (12 x 2 = 24) – (12 / 6 = 2) – (12 / 3 = 4) = 18 players**

**5. 3.5 + 1.75 = 5.25 m**

**6. 100 – (25.99 + 5.99 + 2.99 + 3.99 = 38.96) = £61.04**

**7. 2 (50 x 50 = 2, 500 / 3 = 833.33) = 1,666.66 cubic cm**

**8. 50 + 15 = 65 cm**

## Sindy and Barbie Doll’s Spelling Game

**Sindy Doll**

**How many words can you think of that have a Sindy doll hidden inside by including the letters “sin” ? Example – resin.**

**Barbie Doll**

**How many words can you think of that contain the word “doll” ? Example – dollar.**

**Barbie Doll In In The Doldrums**

**Add the letters – DLE, – DOL or – DEL to complete the words.**

**1. Another word for lazy – i _____**

**2. Another word for happiness – _____ ight**

**3. Another word for something or somebody to worship – i _____**

**4. Hand out – _____ e**

**5. Tasty – _____ icious**

**6. Lazy and slothful – in _____ ent**

**7, Charming – _____ ightful**

**8. Clumsy spoonful – _____ lop**

**9. A shop where you can buy specialist meats – _____ icatescen**

**10. Walk in shallow water – pad _____**

**11. Post a parcel – _____ ivery**

**12. Fed up in informal slang – _____ drums**

**13. Torrent of water – _____ uge**

**14. Seat for a horse – sad _____**

**15. Deceive or fool – _____ ude**

**16. Baby’s bed – cra _____**

**17. Establish or fix – _____ imit**

**18. Outline – _____ ineate**

**19. Lawless, young, criminal – _____ inquent**

**20. Fever – _____ erium**

**21. Salvation – _____ iverance**

**22. Dig deep – _____ ve**

**23. Luxurious – _____ uxe**

**24. On purpose – _____ iberate**

**25. Tasty and mouth – watering – _____ ectable**

**26. Pass on the task – _____ egation**

**27. Erase – _____ ete**

**28. Fragility or sensitivity – _____ icacy**

**29. Light and friable – _____ icate**

**30. Hold up or made late – _____ ay**

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**Answers :**

**1. Another word for lazy – idle**

**2. Another word for happiness – delight**

**3. Another word for something or somebody to worship – idol**

**4. Hand out – dole**

**5. Tasty – delicious**

**6. Lazy and slothful – indolent**

**7, Charming – delightful**

**8. Clumsy spoonful – dollop**

**9. A shop where you can buy specialist meats – delicatescen**

**10. Walk in shallow water – paddle**

**11. Post a parcel – delivery**

**12. Fed up in informal slang – doldrums 13. Torrent of water – deluge**

**14. Seat for a horse – saddle**

**15. Deceive or fool – delude**

**16. Baby’s bed – cradle**

**17. Establish or fix – delimit**

**18. Outline – delineate**

**19. Lawless, young, criminal – delinquent**

**20. Fever – delerium**

**21. Salvation – deliverance**

**22. Dig deep – delve**

**23. Luxurious – de luxe**

**24. On purpose – deliberate**

**25. Tasty and mouth – watering – delectable**

**26. Pass on the task – delegation**

**27. Erase – delete**

**28. Fragility or sensitivity – delicacy**

**29. Light and friable – delicate**

**30. Hold up or made late – delay**