Making math interesting is what we like to do! So we’re always keeping an eye out for different ideas that will help students learn math while at the same time letting them have some fun. The article below will give you some good ideas that you can try which should help your child learn math and have fun as well.
Grab A Deck Of Cards And Try These Fun Math Games
Want to get the children practicing math skills?
You could use commercial math games but these can be expensive.
For a fun math game that assists kids to practice adding or multiplying, just grab a deck of playing cards and you’re ready.
Yes, believe it or not there are heaps of math games contained in that one pack of playing cards. Try these to begin and then have a go at inventing your own. You can practice addition, times tables, comparing numbers and numerous other number skills.
Multiplication Over and Under
This game is an ideal way to practice multiplication tables. Use a pack of cards with the colored cards taken out. The Aces count as 1. Deal all of the cards out to the two players. One player becomes the Under 30 player and the other becomes the Over 30 player.
Each player turns over a card at the same time and the two numbers are multiplied together. If the answer is below 30, the Under 30 player gets the cards. If it is more than 30, the Over 30 player keeps the cards. If the answer is 30 each player takes back their card and returns it to their deck. When all cards have been played the player with the most cards is the champion.
Kids love this fun math game that practices comparing numbers. All you need is cards from Ace (which is valued at 1) to 9 for this game. Next choose the number of digits to be used in the numbers for this game, e.g. 2 digit numbers like 24 and 79; 3 digit numbers like 713 or 921; 4, 5 or 6 digit numbers. Every person is dealt that number of cards. Players arrange their cards to make the biggest possible number with the cards that they have been dealt, e.g. with cards 2, 5 and 8 a player would make 852.
The player with the biggest number in each round scores a point. The winner is the person who scores the highest points.
First to Fifty Addition
Take it in turns to deal two cards to each person. Each player then turns over the two cards they have been dealt, adds the two amounts and tells how much this is, e.g. 5 and 7 is 12. The player with the largest total keeps the two cards while the other cards are returned to the deck which is shuffled and dealt again. Players add the value of the cards they have won until a player gets to fifty and wins.
First to Fifty Multiplication
Play this game the same as First to Fifty Addition but instead of adding the 2 cards to get a total, multiply the two values on the cards, e.g. 7X6 is 42. Players then add the value of the cards that they win to get to fifty.
These fun card games can be played by a parent and child at home or in the classroom with children playing in pairs, in small groups or with the whole class being divided into four or five teams. So why not grab an old deck of playing cards and start playing.
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Teresa Evans is a teacher and parent who uses fun math games to get kids excited about math. To receive your own seven part math games collection visit Making Math More Fun.
So there you have it! What do you think? Some fun card games that will help your student learn math!