Fun Math Card Game: Make 10

Make Ten is an easy to play and fun math card game which teaches kids ways to make 10 with addition and subtraction. All you need is a deck of cards, which I bet you already have. Card games are a great, low stress way to practice math skills with your kids. You get a little quality family time as well as helping your kids learn their math facts.

How to play make ten. A math card game for kids.

How to play Make Ten:

  1. Remove the face cards from a deck of playing cards and place the deck, face down on the table.
  2. Each player chooses 5 cards and places the cards in front of him.
  3. The first player uses the 5 cards to create as many equations as he can in which the sum equals ten. For example, If I have 9, 9, 3, 2, 4, I could make the following equations: 9+4-3=10 and
    9+3-2=10
  4. After making as many equations as possible, player sets aside the used cards and play passes to the next player.
  5. Play continues with players refilling their hands to 5 cards at the start of each turn.
  6. Whoever uses the most cards by the end of the deck wins.

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Once I was able to use all five cards at once: 8+5+3-5-1=10. Kiddo thought that was terrific. You don’t necessarily have to write the equations down but Kiddo enjoyed doing that as part of the exercise.

Keep a deck of cards stashed in your purse because this is a great travel/waiting/restaurant game.

I was able to entice my superhero-crazed younger son to play this game with a deck of Thor playing cards. (affiliate link) He made me laugh with his sound effects every time he made 10!

Alternatives:

It is easy to create fun variations of Make Ten. Here are two that we tried, but I bet your kids can come up with more possibilities.

  • Place 12 cards out on the table and players take turns making as many equations for the sum of 10 as possible!
  • Place 3 rows of of 5 cards face up on the table. With pen and pencil, each player writes down as many equations as they can.

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We got the idea for this math card game from the following book: (affiliate link)

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  1. Julie says

    oh, and BTW, we got “double shutter” per your recommendation at Christmas. loved by all in our house..including the toddler.

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