One of the biggest Kindergarten math standards we work on all year long is building number sense. My absolute favorite way to do this is by playing comparing numbers math games!
We play partner games regularly as a part of our kindergarten math block. It helps give students extra scaffolded support practicing a skill before their independent practice.
This partner math game is seriously the easiest math activity you’ll ever prep, but your students will be INSTANTLY engaged in comparing numbers and quantities!
Setting Up the Comparing Numbers Math Game
To set up this comparing numbers math activity, you will need:
- A piece of paper for each pair of students
- A die for each pair of students
- Small counters or math manipulatives
- Optional: A number line
Start by drawing a line down the middle of the paper. This will divide it into two side for comparing numbers.
Differentiation Tip: You can easily differentiate this number sense activity by using dice with smaller or larger numbers or swapping out the number dice for dot dice.
How To Play
This is probably the easiest math game you will ever introduce to your kindergarteners!
To start, the players will put the paper in between them. Player one will roll the dice. They will put that many counters on their side of the paper.
Then, player two will roll the die. They will put that many counters on their side of the board.
The players will compare the amounts on either side of the board to see who has more. If you want to play this as a game game, the player with the greater amount gets a point.
Having a number line is helpful in case your students are not quite sure which number is greater.
See? This kindergarten math game is so easy but it’s so helpful when teaching students to compare.
Looking for an entire unit to teaching comparing numbers and amounts? I’ve got you covered! My Kindergarten math units contain lesson plans, games, printables, and more ready to make your life easier! Find the comparing numbers unit here.