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Spend Time with Your Children Playing Card Games to Reinforce Math Skills

Aug 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can you have fun with your kids and support their learning? Try these card games to reinforce mental math skills and numerical fluency. These classic games are fun, easy to learn, and all you need is a deck of cards. Kids won’t even know that they’re practicing math.

 

  1. Blackjack

 

Number of Players: two or more

 

Age of players: 1st grade and up (or the ability to add numbers up to and beyond twenty-one).

 

Math skills reinforced: adding and probability

 

Where to find the rules: Go to this website for complete instructions. https://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/blackjack

 

  1. War (with variations):

 

Number of Players: two

 

Age of players: Preschool to 6th grade (choose the variation that matches your child’s math abilities).

 

Math skills reinforced: addition, multiplication, greater than, and less than.

 

Where to find the rules: For the basic instructions go to this website https://www.bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/war/.

 

Variations for older players:

Addition War- When a “war” occurs players put two cards face up. Players add the two cards. The player with the highest sum wins that war.

Multiplication War- When a “war” occurs players put two cards face up. Players multiply the two cards. The player with the highest product wins that war.

 

Go Fish (with variations)

 

Number of Players: three or more

 

Age of players: Preschool to 6th grade (choose the variation that matches your child’s math abilities).

 

Math skills reinforced: addition, multiplication, addition, subtraction, divergent thinking.

 

How to play: For the basic instructions, go to this website https://www.bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/go-fish/.

 

Variations for older players:  Before looking at their cards, players agree on a target number. Then they must find four cards that will equal that target number. Use the following values for face cards- jack = 12, Queen= 13, King = 14 and Ace= 1 or 11. When a player gets the cards to equal the target number, they have to explain how they got to it. For example, if the group agrees to use twelve as the target number, a player could win the round with the cards 2, 2, 3 and an Ace by saying, (2+2)3 x 1=12, or they could win with a jack, 3, 6, 4 by saying,(6x4+12)/3.  They win that round. The winner chooses the next target number before looking at their cards.

 

At Mathnasium, we love card games to reinforce math skills. In fact, we have our own Mathnasium cards and card games. The Mathnasium cards are similar to regular decks, except cards are numbered 0 -12 and there are no face cards. This makes card games like the ones above easier to understand because kids don’t have to convert Aces, Jacks, Queens and Kings into numbers. To find out how to get your own deck of Mathnasium cards and more card game ideas, give us a call today.

 

You may also want to read Tips to Enjoy Family Games and Incorporate Math

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