If your children are like mine they will enjoy the game much more and beg to play again if you avoid using the word “math.” All the games below originally had the word math in the title. I changed to alternative names. Some of the info here is from 52 Pick Up Math Games.
Follow traditional War rules but make these variations:
- Addition War: Play as listed about but each player puts down two cards. Player with higher sum wins the set. Next try 3 cards.
- Subtraction War: Play as listed about but each player puts down two cards. subtract the smaller number from the larger. The greatest difference wins the set.
- Multiplication War: Play as listed about but each player puts down two cards. Player with higher product wins the set.
- Addition War: Play as listed about but each player puts down two cards. Player with higher sum wins the set.
- Wild War—Players turn up three cards and chooses any math manipulation. The greatest answer wins the set.
25 with 5
Deal each child five cards face down. The remaining cards in the center of the group with the top card turned up. The children will take turns picking up and discarding one card until they have reached a total sum of twenty-five. If a player has a hand totaling 25 using only five cards, they will immediately call out “25″. Once a player has called out their hand, the other players will receive one more turn to complete their hands. (From 52pickup.net)
Big Fat Hen
Remove all face cards from the deck (Aces are worth one). Deal 12 cards to each player. Each player tries to find as many combinations of numbers that add up to 10. Whoever finds the most combinations wins that round.
Follow traditional Rummy Rules but have the student add or multiply the card being discarded to the one already there. If it is one where you place three of a kind , or three in a sequence down you have to do something with them, add the all up, add the first two subtract the next one.