I stumbled onto these two games and thought we’d give them a try sometime soon, modifying them to fit our needs…
ALL ROADS LEAD TO TEN
Kids will practice: Addends of ten
How to play: Divide students into groups of four. The dealer passes out seven cards to each. (Face cards are worth ten, aces are one, and the rest are face value.) Students make piles of cards that equal ten (6 + 4, 9 + ace, 2 + 2 + 6, etc.). For every card they use as an addend, they get a new card. Then they repeat the process and see how many more piles they can make.
LOVE NOT WAR
Kids will practice: Comparisons
How to play: Give each pair of students a deck of cards. Let the dealer pass out cards until they’re gone. The object of the game is to have the most cards by the end. For each round, you determine the rules (lowest card wins, closest to five, even number, etc.). Each student puts down one card, compares it with their opponent’s, and determines a winner. Whoever wins gets both cards. If both players have a winning card, put them into the “pot” for the next play.