Math Game Freebie ~

I heard about this game a gazillion years ago. One of the many fabulous teachers in my district passed this on at a meeting. I've modified it very slightly.

We played it last week and the kids had a blast! Seriously, they were very excited (in a controlled way) and had LOTS of number printing practice.

Name: Pass the Pencil

Learning Objective: To practice printing the digits from 0 to 9.

Game Objective:  To be the first person to fill the recording sheet.


1. Form groups of 3 to 5 people.
2. Everyone receives a recording sheet.
3. The group receives one die and one pencil to share.
4. The first person rolls the die. If they roll a 1 or 6, they quickly start printing the digits on the recording sheet.
5. While they are printing the next person rolls the die. If they roll a 1 or 6 they yell "stop" and the person printing has to "pass the pencil" so that the new person can start printing.
6. The die is passed and rolled around the group. If a 2, 3, 4 or 5 is rolled that player loses their turn and the die is passed on.
7. When someone rolls a 1 or 6 for a second (or third or fourth ... ) time, they continue printing digits from where they left off.

1. Print the game on both sides of the sheet and play until someone fills BOTH sides.
2. Modify the game to practice printing letters or colour words or sight words or ..... (use your imagination)

You can grab the sheet by clicking on the image.

Grade ONEderful: Math game to practice printing digits 0 to 9

If you like this blog or grabbed this game "PRETTY PLEASE with sugar on top" follow me (I am so not above begging, as you can see :)).  I'm very close to 500 followers. I had 490 this morning and then ~ GASP ~ someone unfollowed me and it dropped to 489!!  I am seriously crushed. Can you see the tears rolling down my face?

When I reach 500 followers I will have a Happy Dance Giveaway. I don't have a TpT store so it will probably be along the lines of a gift certificate. And if you would like to build up your following and want to participate by donating a little gift, I will not turn you down :))

Take care and happy blogging!

I've received a few comments about my instructions -- ha ha. I'll try to clarify ... but honestly, it's very easy to play :))

Everyone takes turns rolling the dice. If you roll a 1 or 6, then you pick up the pencil and start printing the numbers on the sheet. So you would print 0, 1, 2, .... 7, 8, 9 then start over on the next line from 0 again. While you are printing the rest of the group is still rolling the dice. The person printing continues printing until someone else rolls a 1 or a 6. That someone else yells stop, takes the pencil and starts printing numbers from 0 to 9. Now you are rolling the dice with the rest of the group.

When you roll a 1 or 6 again, you start printing from where you left off.

Hope this helps!


  1. I love this game, Barbara! It's so great for firsties and some newbie seconds! Thanks for sharing, and I'm going to pass this along on my Facebook page and hopefully you can get to 500!!

    Kate :)
    Second Grade Sparkle

  2. Love this game! This reminds of a game we play at christmas with my family! You take a small gift and wrap it a million times. Then you sit in a circle and 1 person rolls the dice. You need to roll doubles. If you roll doubles, you have to put on a toque, scarf and mitts and start unwrapping! While this is happening the dice is getting passed around and other people are trying to roll doubles. If someone else rolls doubles, they switch places with you! 1st person to unwrap the gift wins it!

    Let me know when you hit 500, I would love to donate something to your giveaway!!

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    1. Your Christmas game sounds like a hoot!
      And thanks, Renee! I'll email you when I get there :) (Notice how positive I am ... cause I WILL get there... ha ha)

  4. It must be back to school time because my brain is beyond confused by this game (which, I'm sure, is very simple). Sounds like a great group exercise!
    - Amanda
    Inspired in Second

  5. Sounds like a fun game! You will be to 500 soon!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6.'re so close. This game looks like fun, although I think I might need to read the directions a few more times before I really have it down. :) I'll be pinning. Thanks Barbara.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  7. Sounds like a fun game. You're getting close!! :) IF you want---I'd donate something for you.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  8. I'm trying this game to-mor-row! Thanks for sharing it!

    Learning With Susie Q

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  10. The game sounds perfect to speed up some sloooooooow snails in class. Thanks!
    You can always count on me for your 500 giveaway... which will be soon. :D

  11. I just found you and joined #493. You are one person closer. :) Thanks for the game.

    Do you have a subscribe by e-mail button?

  12. Oops never mind...just found that button :)

  13. 494 now!

    I would be happy to donate something to your 500 follower giveaway.


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  14. What a great idea!!! I have a Common Core Reading Poster set (it will be uploaded to TpT by the end of today) that I'd love to donate for your giveaway. (Let me know if you are interested - if you think you are I'll send it to you via email to preview before you

    Also, I'm having a Thirty One giveaway at my blog:
    Growing Firsties!

  15. I used to play this game with my Title I math kids and they would write numbers. The first person to get to 50 was the winner. Hardly ever happened, but sometimes. They loved to play it.

  16. I used to play this game with my Title I math kids and they would write numbers. The first person to get to 50 was the winner. Hardly ever happened, but sometimes. They loved to play it.

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