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Monday, 30 March 2020

Monday Math Games: Card Games

I have decided to post some math games each Monday for the next little bit. It is easy to google "Math Games" and come up with hundreds of ideas. I encourage you to do so!

Today, I wanted to look at some card math games since most people likely have a deck of cards at home. (FYI, you can ask your local casino for decks of cards [once this self isolation and social distancing ends] which they give for free to educators - in Vegas I asked and got 5 decks from one lady!)

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Crazy Sevens (Fan Tan)
  • one deck of cards including face cards
  • 2+ players (4-6 ideal)
  • concepts: sorting by suit, counting up, counting down
  • How to play
Counting On
  •  one deck of cards, remove face cards (J, Q, K, A, Jokers)
  •  1-2 dice 
  • 2+ players
  •  concepts: counting on from any number besides 1
  • How to Play
Builder's Paradise
  •  one deck of cards, remove face cards
  •  1+ player
  • concepts: counting, sequencing, sorting
  • How to Play


Addition War
  •  one or more decks of cards
  • 2+ players
  • K-secondary school
  • concepts: addition, greater than/less than, adding and other skills in variations
  • How to Play including some awesome variations to this old fave game
  •  one deck of cards, face cards removed, except Ace (which = 1 in this game)
  • 1+ players
  •  concepts: addition and "making ten"
  • How to play
Once Through the Deck
  • one deck with face cards removed
  • 1+ player

  • concepts: basic addition, multiplication
  • How to play

Place Value

Place Value Mat

Place Value (with rounding)
  • one deck of cards with tens and face cards removed, use ACE as zero
  • 2+ players
  •  concepts: place value, rounding
  • How to play

Many more Math CARD Games here:

A great collection of fun math card games! These are easy, and in most cases all you need is a deck of cards!

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