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Math games are a big thing at our house. We love playing all kinds of learning games. We played a really challenging math card game together this week and it was a great one for upper elementary learners. We call it Target Math.
When we played, we used two decks of cards. You remove the face cards, but keep in the aces. Aces equal one. Shuffle them and deal out four cards for each player. Then flip the top card from the deck over in the center. This is the Target Card.
Then, with the cards in your hands, you have to add, subtract, multiply or divide to get to the target number. The goal is to do it with all four cards. If you get to the target number, you get a point. Then you dump your cards and the target number and deal out again. Repeat it until someone gets to three points first.
It’s a pretty simple game, and it really uses all kinds of math skills to figure out how to get to the target number.
There are tons of other ways to practice math with cards. We love playing math war with cards, too. You can modify this to practice adding, subtracting or multiplying!
What is your favorite math card game?