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Learning & Loving It: Math Card Games Part 1

Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

LRC Learning and Loving It

Try these first two games in our “Math Cards” series!



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  • For grades kindergarten through second
  • 1-2 players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice greatest and least value.


    One deck of playing cards (with face cards removed)

    Activity Overview

    Using one deck of cards, players take turns turning over one card. The other player decides which card has the greatest or smallest value.
    Variation: The player can also state the difference (subtraction), sum (addition) or product (multiplication) of the values.
    LRC Learning & Loving It Math Battle Game

    Math Battle


  • For first grade and older
  • 2 players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice basic addition and subtraction facts.


    One deck of playing cards (with or without face cards)

    Activity Overview

    1. If you’re using face cards, assign values to each (ex. Jack=11, Queen=12, King=13, Ace=1).
    2. One player deals the whole deck evenly with cards face down. Students do not look at cards.
    3. Each player flips two cards and adds (or subtracts or multiplies) the two numbers. Each student states his or her answer.
    4. The player with the highest sum (difference or product) wins the cards.
    Play for a set time, and the player with the most cards wins, or play until one player possess all the cards.
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