Addition Regrouping Games

Learning to add can be tedious and boring at times.  Addition regrouping games help kids to learn and see have fun learning addition at the same time!

To Regroup or Not to Regroup?

(By - Candace Hooks...Grade Level - 2-3)

Materials: Two number cubes, pencil, and paper for each pair of students.

After your students have a basic knowledge of regrouping, have them get in pairs and play this game.


  • The first player rolls the number cubes and calls out the number he/she has rolled (i.e. if he/she rolls a 2 and an 8, he/she would call out either 28, or 82).
  • The players both write this number on their papers.
  • The first player then rolls both number cubes again and repeats the process for the second addend.  Then both players decide if they must regroup to solve the problem.  They solve it together.
  • Then the second player rolls the number cubes and repeats the process.
  • Players continue play for a designated amount of time.  When time is up, see which group completed the most problems correctly in the given amount of time.

As a follow up discussion, I ask my students to recognize a pattern as to when they had to regroup and when they didn't.  They should derive that when they choose the higher numbers to be in the ones place, they must regroup.

Variation Gave the partners two number cubes with numbers higher than 4, and let them play for 10 min. Then I gave them 2 number cubes with numbers lower than 4, and let them play for 10 min.  Then they got one high and one low and played for another 10 min.

As a follow up, we discussed what they found happened with each set of cubes. This has really helped my students know when to regroup and when not to!!

More Addition Regrouping Games... 

Here's another addition regrouping game - Adder-Ladders - a printable addition game with 2 and 3 digits that kids enjoy.  Print off the game cards and you are ready to play!

You might also like to try these printable addition regrouping Ones and Tens Blocks. Tens blocks are a good visual and hands-on way for kids to learn regrouping.

Be sure to also check out the main printable math games page where all of the printable math games on the site can be found.

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