How many, go!

How many, go!

Quick… DRAW! This game is fun, requires no preparation and is good practise for your students counting skills. It’s the perfect way to fill 5 minutes at the start or end of a lesson.

How many, go

Number of learners:  2-8

Time:  5-10 minutes

Student type: aged 4-6, aged 6-9

Type: active game,

Materials: None

Language: Numbers, how many



Why play this game?

  • It’s a fun and competitive way to drill counting and practise the “how many” question
  • Requires no preparation and can be an easy way to fill 5 minutes at the start or end of the lesson

How to play

  • Preparation- You may wish to prepare a scoring system to keep a running total of points
  • Run through all of the numbers using a ball drill to refresh or teach the numbers 1-10 or 1-20 etc.
  • Hold up a hand with some fingers up and ask the class how many and elicit the answer.
  • Repeat this process with all of the students, varying the number of fingers that are showing each time
  • Start the game by repeating “how many” 3 times and on the third repetition shout “GO!” before showing your hand with a number of fingers showing. Encourage all the students to do this at the same time and after the fingers are shown, the first person to shout the correct number of fingers wins a point.
  • Expand this game by showing adding a piece of vocabulary with the how many question e.g. “how many dogs?” (essentially replace the word “go” with your countable noun)
  • The student with the most points wins the game



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