Have you ever thought about how many things you can do with a deck of playing cards.
There are tons of different games you can play. But, that’s not all.
They’re also a great tool for practicing different math concepts.
So, grab a pack and let’s explore comparing numbers using these fun greater than less than games.
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If you don’t already have a deck of playing cards at home, pick up a deck to have on hand for fun math games.
For the following activities, you’ll want to pull out all the kings, queens, jacks, and jokers leaving all the number cards. Give the deck a shuffle or two to mix it up.
Now, it’s time to have some fun and learn too. Here are some ways you can use the cards to practice greater than and less than.
Greater Than Less Than Games for One Person
Divide the deck of cards in half. Turn over the top card of each pile. Decide which number is greater than the other number. Make a pile of the larger numbered cards. Keep turning over cards until you reach the end of the piles.
Alternatively, you can focus on the card that is less than. Make a pile of the smaller numbered cards instead.
Lay out two cards side by side on a sheet of paper, chalkboard, or small white board. Write the correct greater than or less than symbol between the two cards.
Greater Than Less Than Games for Two or More People
Divide the deck of cards between all the players. Have each player turn over the top card of their pile. The person with the largest number keeps their card and the rest of the players discard their cards. Keep going until the piles are depleted. Whoever has the most cards at the end is the winner.
Alternatively, have the person with the smallest number keep their card.
Have each player take turns flipping over two cards and then say the correct number sentence using greater than and less than. For example in the example above they would say, “five is less than seven.” Keep taking turn until the entire deck has been used.
Can you think of some other fun ways to practice greater than or less than with playing cards?
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My Must-Have Math Resources
In addition to a pack of playing cards, there are some other items you can keep at home to help your kids practice math. Here are some options I would recommend.
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