Games work better

I have found that, in many cases, games work so much better as it keeps them entertained and they don’t mind repetition as much when there is the hope of winning the next round!

I have used this approach with both phonics and maths. Imaan really enjoys it. She kept wanting to play again and again without realising how much she was learning in the process.

We used domino’s to practice subtraction. She was using her fingers at first but I thought it better to use the counters as this was the first time we worked with subtraction.

You need at least two players, one player turns over a domino and subtracts the lower number from the higher number, then writes it down. So Imaan would flip over a domino, Say “two, take away one”, take out two counters and places them on the table, then take away one counter. The next player does the same. Whoever gets the lowest number after subtraction gets a tick next to their number. The one who gets the most ticks wins.

So after tallying all the ticks it turned out that Imaan won this round, we played more than four times,with Imaan getting lots and lots of subtraction practice ๐Ÿ™‚

I will post about the phonics games we played next insha Allah.

NOTE: We changed the game a bit ,ย  instead of just writing the number we write out the sum.

Also Imaan gets to choose what sheย  wants as counters, this time she chose the stones ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. I love this idea and totally agree with your take on using games and hands on activities to cement concepts in childrens minds. I will be using this idea inshaAllah and look forward to seeing some more. Great blog MashAllah!

  2. Alhamduillah it is working really well, she asks me to do it from the time we walk into the school room masha Allah ๐Ÿ™‚

    I saw your blog masha Allah its cute ๐Ÿ™‚ I see you are a newbie like me ๐Ÿ™‚ May Allah help us on our journey to educate our children and may He help us to stay on the Siraat al Mustaqeem.

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