Gather your cards, because we’re about to reveal one of our favourite tricks for getting kids to love math! Math card games don’t need much preparation and just a few basic materials. Use them to work on everything from simple counting to fractions and order of operations. These games are a foregone conclusion!

100-meter dash

To your running count, flip a card and add its weight. The first person to cross 100 points without exceeding it wins! (For younger players, remove the face cards; for older children, use these values: Ace-0, Jack-11, Queen-12, Queen-13, King-13.) Pyramid is one of those variants of solitaire that are actually all sly math card games. As you clear your pyramid row by row, try to find cards that add up to ten. At the link below, you will learn how to play.

Look for pairs that add up to ten.

Your students are probably familiar with the game of Go Fish, but this time they’re looking for pairs that add up to ten. “I have a 2,” they should say. “Can you give me an 8 to make a ten?” For this game, reduce the aces to one and exclude the face cards entirely. To know more about baccarat click here.

Use cards to practise counting.

Take out the face cards and a die for this one. Players take turns flipping cards and rolling the die. They “count on” using the number on the die after starting with the number on the card. “Seven… eight, nine, ten, eleven,” for example, if the player flips a 7 and rolls a 4. They hold the card if they get it right.

Aim for a total of ten.

Play this math card game by yourself or in a group. Place 20 cards face down on the table (leave out face cards or change them to equal 0, while aces equal 1). Kids attempt to delete all of the cards from the table by removing sets of cards that add up to ten. It’s more difficult than you thought!