It’s a great way to learn how to add 2 numbers together. It introduces children to the concept of a number line to help them with their addition.
It’s quick and easy to print out and set up, so your child can play in minutes and start zooming their cars along the tracks and have fun with maths.
Time: 5 minutes
Age: Early learning
Difficulty to make: Easy peasy
You will need:
- Our racing track printable
- Two dice
- Two small toy cars
- A pencil
Step 1: Print out your race track
Print out your free printable race track. You can find it here.
You can laminate it to make it last longer or print out a few copies so you can replace the track when it gets well used.
Step 2: Get ready to race
Gather two dice and two toy cars. Place one car at the start of each race track, all ready to go.
Ask your child to shake the two dice and write down the two numbers in the boxes on their game sheet.
Now help them move the racing car along the track to the first number on the dice.
Then ask them to move their car along further steps along the track, to match the number on the second dice.
You can help them by counting the steps out loud as they move along the race track.
Here the dice showed 1 and 5.
So your child should move their car along to number 1 and then move it on another four spaces, counting out loud until they reach number 6.
Reinforce the addition sum they have just done by saying ‘1 add 5 equals 6’.
Step 3: Race the other car
Now your child is ready to race the second car along the second track. Which car will win the race.
Ask them to shake the 2 dice again and move the car to the first number shown on the first dice.
Then ask them to move the car along by the number of spaces shown on the second dice to see where the car will end up.
Again, as they play help them move the car along the number line and say the sum they are doing out loud. In this example the sum is ‘3 add 4 makes 7‘.
The second car wins!
Play again and again
You can race your cars as many times as you like to see which one wins the race.
Keep helping your child to move their cars correctly along the number track to add up the numbers on the dice.
This is introducing your child to the idea of a number line, which they will meet when learning numeracy at school.
It’s a very clear way of visualising an addition sum and taking the sum in two steps to find out the answer.
Extending the play
Once your child has played a few time you can extend their play and their learning by asking them to write down the addition sums they do each time they shake the dice and race the cars.
You can help them set out the addition sums using + and = sign correctly.
So they could write out addition sums, such as:
1 + 5 = 6
2 + 3 = 5
5 + 5 = 10
Either way have a great time playing this racing track addition game and learning those first number bonds!