License Plates 2


The purpose of this activity is to help your child learn basic addition facts.

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Facts, Stage 5

What you need:

  • Paper and pencil

What to do:

  • As you drive in the car or walk beside the road, write down the numbers you see on vehicle license plates.
  • Add up each of the digits to give a total. For example if the license plate has the numbers 5682, the total of the digits is 5+6+8+2=21. Who can spot the car with the highest total?
  • Add or subtract the digits to get as close as possible to zero. For example, if a license plate has the digits 3726, you might say "7+2-3-6=0".

What to expect from your child:

Your child should be able to tell you the answer to the addition facts instantly without having to count or calculate.


For further license plate activities refer to License Plates 1, Place Value, Stage 5.

Related Māori vocab:

addition facts meka tāpiritanga
digit mati
total (after addition) tapeke

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