Addition Basic Facts


The purpose of this activity is to help your child practice the addition facts to 20.

Link to the Number Framework:

Basic Facts, Stage 5

What you need:

Game board and cards (PDF,48KB) . You can print these or make your own.
Cardboard. (Old cereal boxes are good)

What to do:

Glue the game cards on to cardboard. Cut up the game cards, shuffle and place in a face down pile between the players. Give each player a game board. Players take turns to select two cards and arrange them to make an addition fact. For example, 4 and 12 forms the addition fact 12 + 4. It is easier to solve the fact if you add the smaller number on to the bigger number. If the answer is available on the player’s game board they can cross it off. The cards are returned to the bottom of the pile. The cards are shuffled every now and then during the game. The winner is the first player to cross off 5 numbers on their game board.

What to expect your child to do:

They may start by recalling some of the facts instantly and using counting or part-whole strategies to work out the others. Over time expect your child to instantly recall all the addition facts to 20.


Play until one player has crossed off 10 numbers on their game board.

Related Māori vocab:

riwhiriwhi (~a)
putunga kāri
pack of cards
tāpiri (~hia)
result, answer
papa tākaro
game board
kāri tau
number card

Download a file of this activity:

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Download a file of this activity including questions to ask in Māori:

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