Counting On: The Card Game

Did you know that you already have two of my favorite tools for math practice in your home? I promise you do. Just head to your game closet and you’ll find it. What am I talking about? A deck of cards and a pair of dice. That’s it! Keep them available during the school year, and you and the kids will have tons of fun practicing math.
In Counting On: The Card Game, we’re practicing the basic skill of counting on (counting beginning at any number other than one). This game is easy to learn and a cinch to pull together after school. Come on, let’s have fun practicing math.

Supplies Needed:
Deck of cards with the Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Jokers removed
Dice (1 or 2)

Shuffle and place the cards face down on the table. Player one flips over the top card and starts a discard pile. Next they throw the dice. Their challenge is to start counting from the number shown on the card and count on the number of times shown on the dice. Take turns flipping over a card and counting.
There is no winner or loser in this game. It’s just simply a turn-taking game.
The game is quite simple and won’t take long to learn. In the picture above, my daughter turned over a 10. She then threw a dice and got a 6. She started at 10 and counted: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.
To make it more difficult, my oldest daughter skipped the counting on and just added the number on the card to the number on the dice in her head. This is a great way to play the game with kids at different skill levels.
What are you waiting for? Let’s go have some fun with math!

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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