You will need a 0 to 9 spinner or dice. Click here for a template and instructions for making spinners. Alternatively the game can be played by pairs of learners and they will need a spinner for each pair.
Each player draws a grid like the one shown.
Spin the spinner and the players must write the digit in one of the top eight boxes.
Once a number is written it cannot be changed.
Repeat seven more times.
Then the learners subtract the lower 4-digit number from the number above it.
The player (or players) with the difference closest to 1000 wins.
Score 1 point for a win.
This is a game of chance but if players think strategically when placing the numbers they can increase their chance of winning.