Easy Math Game: Tens Go Fish

Play Tens Go Fish for a math twist on the traditional card game for kids.

Math Game for Kids: Tens Go Fish

One day my neighbor asked me to print out her son’s homework assignments (They get their homework via a school website! Does your school do this?) and Kiddo decided he needed copies of the math homework so he could do it to! It included this great game called “Tens Go Fish”.

How to Play:

You need:
A deck of cards with all face cards removed (so you have 4 cards each of numbers 1-10).


  1.  Each player is dealt 5 cards. The remaining cards are stacked, face down, as the “Go Fish” pile.
  2. Each player looks for pairs from his card with the sum of 10. They place pairs in front of them on the table and draw new cards to replace them.
  3. Players take turns asking each other for a card that will make 10 with a card in their own hands. For example, if I hold a 5, 3, 2, 4, 9, I might ask for a 5 so I can “make 10″ and place the pair on the table.
  4. If a player gets the card he asked for, he puts the pair down on the table  and picks a new card from the deck, but if he does not get the card the player must “Go Fish” and pick a new card from the deck. If the new card from the deck makes 10 with a card in the player’s hand, he or she puts the pair of cards down and takes another card.
  5. If a player runs out of cards, he picks two new cards. A player’s turn is over when no more pairs can be made that make 10.
  6. The game is over when there are no more cards, or no more pairs can be made.

1. Designate 4 face cards as “wild cards” which when drawn can be any value the holder of the card decides to give it.
2. For extra math practice, have players record their pair combinations as they go along.

You may like another DIY Math Game we’ve played: “Fives and Tens”

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  1. says

    I know you posted this awhile ago, but just saw it on Pinterest today. I do homework with my first grader grandson every afternoon, and have noticed that his math skills have actually gone down. This is going to be a fun way to re-enforce those skills he had at the beginning of the school year! Thanks for posting this.

  2. Brandy says

    What if you have a number 10 card in your hand? Then you don’t need a pair and you just lay down one card?

    • Erica MomandKiddo says

      Ha – good question, Brandy! That’s what we did, but you could also remove the 10s before playing.

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