A NEW twist on the Deck of Cards

June 25, 2010 at 7:29 AM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

Do you have a deck of cards just lying around your trusty ‘ol junk drawer collecting dust? Well.. it’s time to put those 52 cards to valuable use! Here are FIVE fabulous games/activities that will promote learning and encourage family quality time.

  1. War ~ This game is a wonderful way for your children to work on their Number Sense, compare numbers and their values.

How to play:

  1. Be sure to shuffle the cards well!
  2. Each of the two players receives 26 cards.  Each player keeps their cards face down in front of them.
  3. Each player turns over a card at the same time.  The person whose card has the higher value takes both cards and adds them to the bottom of their card stack.
  4. If the players turn over cards of the SAME value then….its time for WAR!
  5. For War, each player places a card face down and then another card face up and top.  The person whose top card has the highest value wins all six cards.
  6. Continue repeating Steps 2-4 until the game has ended.
  7. The game ends when a player has all 52 cards.

2.Go Fish! ~ Playing Go Fish! Will allow your children to work on their Number Sense while matching and pairing ALL at once.

How to play:

  1. Be sure to shuffle the cards well.
  2. Distribute cards to all players.  If there are four or less players, each person will receive seven cards.  For five to seven players-distribute only five cards per player.
  3. The remainder of the cards are placed face-down in the center of everyone.
  4. As a family, decide who will go first-you may choose to go by age, who has read the most books to date, etc… Have fun with it!
  5. The object of the game is to see which player can collect the most “books.” A book is any four of a kind such as four Queens, four A’s, etc…

3. Memory Game/Concentration ~ With this game your children will work on their memorization skills as well as matching and pairing.

How to play:

  1. Be sure to shuffle the cards well.
  2. Any player then takes all of the cards and spreads them over a flat surface, face down, one at a time.
  3. As a family, determine the order in which the players will choose cards.
  4. The 1st player will choose any card and turn it face up for everyone to view.  Then they will turn over another card in the same fashion.  If the two cards form a pair, the player collects the two cards and turns them face down in front of them. This player will then turn over two more cards ~if the two cards form a pair GREAT, if not, the two cards are turn back over and the next player proceeds.
  5. Continue repeating Step 4 with all of the players taking turns in the same order.
  6. The player with the greatest number of pairs is the winner!

4. Math Flash-Addition ~ This is a game I use with my students to work on their Number Sense and their addition fluency.

How to Play:

  1. Be sure to shuffle the cards well!
  2. Each of the two players receives 26 cards.  Each player keeps their cards face down in front of them.
  3. Just like War, each player will turn over a card at the same time.
  4. Each player will then take turns adding the sum of the two cards turned over. A’s=1 J=11 Q=12 K=13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Depending on your child’s level of Number Sense, a piece of scratch paper and a pencil may be necessary to work out the problems).
  5. Set a time limit for solving problems~ 5-10 seconds is  reasonable.
  6. The player who isn’t solving the problem double-checks the other player’s addition for accuracy.
  7. The game continues until all cards have been used at least once!

5. Math Flash-Multiplication ~ This is a game I use with my students to practice their multiplication skills.

How to play:

  1. Be sure to shuffle the cards well!
  2. Each of the two players receives 26 cards.  Each player keeps their cards face down in front of them.
  3. Just like War, each player will turn over a card at the same time.
  4. Each player will then take turns finding the product of the two cards turned over. A’s=1 J=11 Q=12 K=13                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Depending on your child’s level of Number Sense, a piece of scratch paper and a pencil may be necessary to work out the problems).
  5. Set a time limit for solving problems~ 10-15 seconds is reasonable.
  6. The player who isn’t solving the problem double-checks the other player’s addition for accuracy.
  7. The game continues until all cards have been used at least once!

Happy Learning!

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