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Monday, February 26, 2018

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Card War for Math Facts

Playing cards is a great way to help children stay fresh on their addition and multiplication during the summer.
Many people have adapted Card War to help with this.

Our version of the game is to take a deck of cards and split it in half. Make the values of all the face cards 6, or 7, 8 or 9, so your child gets a lot of practice with those facts. On each turn, each people takes the top two cards off their deck and places them face up. They each add or multiply the two cards. The person who has the most, wins all four cards. If there is a tie, you put down 2 more cards each. Every time you play, change the value of the face cards to give your child more practice in the facts they don’t know. Make sure that your child says the answer out loud, or uses the attached sheet. That way, you are sure they know the answer.

We’ve created an easy excel sheet to help children keep track of the facts they get during the game:

Math Facts to 10
Multiplication Facts for 8 & 9

These games change the value of the face cards so kids get a lot of practice with 7, 8 and 9. If you use the sheet, they are also getting a little practice in graphing and probability.

The great thing about this game is you only need a deck of cards. If you have your child go through the deck once a day practicing their math facts, by the end of the summer they will have mastered all of them.

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