Twister and math: it is a perfect match.

There is hardly anyone who doesn’t like to play Twister. You will certainly laugh your head off seeing your friends trying desperately to keep their balance only to tumble together in a happy heap. This game, however, can also be used to practice solving math problems in the most active way possible.

Here is what you will need:

  • Twister
  • A roll of masking tape
  • One or several whiteboard markers
  • A ball for netball or basketball
  • A piece of paper and a pencil for scoring (or a blackboard and a piece of chalk)


family playing twister

We do:

  • Use loops of masking tape to attach the Twister mat to the wall
  • Label each of colored circles with a number using the whiteboard marker
  • You are all set!

How we play:

  • To practice simple addition each player throws the ball at the mat three times. The numbers they have hit should be added together
  • To practice simple subtraction there is nothing better than ‘make ten’. Each player throws the ball at the mat. If, say, they have hit 3, this number is subtracted from 10, so that on their next turn they need to throw the ball at 7.
  • To train simple multiplication ask the player to double the number they have hit with the ball
  • In a similar way, you can train simple division asking children to divide the number they have hit by two
  • You can make the game harder for older kids: ask them to multiply the number they have scored by 5, 6 or even 12.

Don’t have Twister? It is not a big problem: you can use several sheets of paper with numbers written on them. Have fun!