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Fun Ways to Teach Math with Playing Cards

Fun Ways to Teach Math with Playing Cards

Playing cards are easy and fun teacher helpers. They are cheap, require no scissors, baggies, game pieces or dice. Use regular cards (Ace to King) and make up fun math games.

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.

War

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.

Rummy Rocks

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.

Crazy Eights Extended

Crazy Eight 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.

Go Fish Advanced

Follow traditional Go Fish rules but instead of asking for a number, ask, “Do you have a problem with the answer ____?”
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5 comments

  1. What a fun idea! Thanks!

  2. These are some great ideas! We play WAR here often…looking forward to trying out those variations. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    Katie
    Mom to a 7th grade homeschooler, helping him conquer his math anxiety one day at a time.

  3. What wonderful ideas! I have three kids who LOVE math and I think this would be fun for our weekly Family Game Night.

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