Math Card Games

Math Card Games from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Math is often a subject that we don’t love to teach and kids don’t love to learn. By making math fun, or better yet making it seem like they aren’t even doing math, you can help your child become confident in their math skills. A great way to do this is with a deck of cards. Yes a deck of cards can help teach many math concepts!

Math Card Games

Here are a handful of games to try out with your kids using a deck of regular playing cards.

1. Greater or Less Than

# of Players: 2

Materials: Cards Ace through 10 for each player with the face cards removed

How to Play: One player selects are card from their hand that they don’t show to the other player. The second player selects a card from their hand and places it face up in front of them. This is their “guess” as to what card the first player has selected in their hand. The first player then tells the second player if the card they laid down is “greater than” or “less than” the secret card they selected in their hand. Play continues like this until player 2 has discovered the value of players ones card. Players then switch roles.

2. First to 50 Addition

# of Players: 2+

Materials: Whole deck of cards, and scrap paper for adding if needed

  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • King = 13
  • Ace = 14

How to Play: Deal two cards to each player. Each player then turns their cards face up and determines their sum. For instance Player One might have Ace + 7 which equals (14+7) 21. Player Two might have Queen + 10 which equals (12 + 10) 22. The greatest sum is 22 so Player Two keeps their cards and the rest are returned to the bottom of the deck. Keep playing and dealing until the total value of one players cards equals 50 (or greater).

3. Odd-Even Race

# of Players: 2+

Materials: Whole deck of cards

  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • King = 13
  • Ace = 14

How to Play: Place one odd numbered card and one even numbered card face up in the center of the table. Deal out the rest of the deck evenly. Players race to get rid of all of their cards by placing their odd numbered cards on the odd stack and their even numbered cards on the even stack. The first player to correctly get rid of all their playing cards wins!

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