This year, we are having a bit of a focus on practical maths and teaching maths using lots of apparatus. Earlier this year, we came across "41 Math Card Games" via Twitter. We clicked the link and came across an Australian website requiring a small payment to buy the 'book'. The book is delivered by email as a .pdf. So, we paid for the book and have not looked back since…
A pack of playing cards do not cost much.
They are designed to be handled, lots!
They involve looking at numbers in different ways (Ace, Jack can equal 11, the numbers are represented by the figure and pictorially and so on…)
Any game involving numbers 1 - 10 (or up-to 13) can be played with them.
Children enjoy using playing cards (well, I know 30 Year Fives who have so far demonstrated this).
We're not going to write here about what is in "41 Math Card Games" but certainly recommend making a purchase. It'll give you ideas, remind you of things you may have forgotten and give you starters, drop-in activities, pleanries and "Oh, I've got 10 minutes, what shall we do? Answers". Any associated resources we make will be placed here. The cards shown in our Dropbox folder game from Open Game Art.
This afternoon I had 30 boys playing one of the games and here's what he had to say afterwards.