Maths Games (using playing cards)

I love using the same resource in a variety of ways. At the moment, we have been doing lots of games with playing cards. The children enjoy the games and don’t realise they are even doing Maths.

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Bigger Number/Smallest Number/Place value

This game is really easy. Divide the deck into equal bundles (depending on the number of players – 4 is probably the max). Each child takes a turn to lay out their first card. The child with the biggest number/ smallest number wins.

For older children this could be made into a game with place value. Each child gets 2/3/4 cards and makes the biggest number using these cards.

Switch/Solitare

This well known game can be played with 2 players. The children have to quickly organise their cards in descending or ascending order. They can work together or in competition. For example if number four is drawn – then a child could put a 3 (number below) or a 5 (number above) on top.

Cards are laid out as follows; (1 set for each child)

  • Face
  • 1 back. 1 face.
  • 2 back. 1 face.
  • 3 back. 1 face.
  • 4 back. 1 face.
  • 5 back. 1 face.

2 decks in the middle. Children can only move one card at a time. The ‘back’ cards can’t be turned over until the top card (face) is moved.

Addition/Subtraction

Dealer has a deck of cards. Calls two players. Says add/subtract. Shows two cards – players say the answer. Winner keeps the cards. (The game continues until all cards are gone – winner has the most cards.)

Multiplication

Dealer has a deck of cards. Calls two players. Shows two cards – first player to say the answer wins the cards. (The game continues until all cards are gone – winner has the most cards.) Can be played with up to 6/8 players. (Use two decks of cards).

Division (with remainders)

Dealer shows two cards – making a two digit number. Then shows 1 card. Children must divide the 2 digit number by the 1 digit number (most of the time there will be a remainder). First player to say the answer wins and keeps the cards. ((The game continues until all cards are gone – winner has the most cards.)

Magic Number is …

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Children play ‘Go Fish’ choosing 2/3/4 cards to make the magic number.

 

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