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Subitise Battle – Card Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Years: F

Quickly subitise and compare with this fast-paced card game.

Subitise Collections of Objects

Learning to subitise small collections helps with multiple mathematics concepts, from counting to early addition strategies.

This activity has students quickly subitise small collections from one to five. The player with the higher number of objects on their card takes both cards being compared.

It is a perfect addition to your maths group rotations when looking for a simple game young students can play independently.

To play:

  1. Split the cards evenly between two players.
  2. Whoever has the larger number of objects on their card keeps both cards.
  3. If the same number is drawn, drawn an additional card each. Whoever has the highest number keeps all the cards drawn.
  4. The winner is the person who collects all the cards or whoever has the most cards when time is up.

Through this activity, students will show they can subitise small collections of objects.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your maths lessons. 

Use this subitising game to enhance learning through guided maths groups, whole class lessons or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by giving them concrete materials they can use to match the collections represented on the cards.

➕ Extend the Game

Have students who require an additional challenge pull two cards at a time. They must quickly add the two groups of objects together and determine who has the greater total.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

Print on cardboard for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


This resource was created by Kendall Britnell, a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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