Game of the week Buzz

Age Range: 8 – 12
Ideal Number of Players: 6+
Equipment Needed: Pencil and paper for scoring

What To Do

This is a great children’s mental maths game. It helps if children already know their times
tables, although it is great practice for those wanting to boost their times tables knowledge.
Players should stand or sit in a circle. One person is chosen to start the game and players
take turns around the circle counting in sequence from one. Play goes clockwise but this is
where the game gets interesting.
If the number is divisible by seven or the number has the digit seven in it, the number is
replaced by the word ‘buzz!’. Play sounds like this: ‘one, two, three, four, five, six, buzz!
eight, nine’ and so on. The numbers 14, 17, 21, 27, 28 would be the next ones to be
When they reach the 70’s all numbers are buzzed. For example, instead of saying 71, a
player would say buzz. Any number that is a multiple of seven and has a seven in it, for example,
70 and 77, gets a double buzz. So 70 and 77, would instead be buzz, buzz.
Play continues at as fast a pace as possible. If a player hesitates for too long or makes a
mistake, such as missing their ‘buzz’ turn or saying ‘buzz’ when it isn’t their turn then they
get a penalty point and the game restarts from one again.
The game continues until they reach 100. The player with the fewest penalty points is the