In my post covering Tools for DIY Math Games I promised you another fun and easy math game you can do at home. Plus, my older son adores this math card game that practices counting by fives and tens, and wants to play it all the time.
We call this math card game "fiverton," but it's actually called "five or ten." My son's math teacher taught him this game and he misunderstood the name, so for the longest time, we thought it was called "fiverton!"
Even younger brother gets in on the action with this game. Even though he doesn't understand the entire game, if you can count to 5, you can play!
Goal: to be the first player to reach 125 points.
- Pen and paper for each player
- 2 dice
- Playing tokens: greens are 1 point, reds are 5 points, blacks are 25 points, whites are 125.
How to play:
- Each play divides a piece of paper into three columns, labeled "green", "red", "black.
- The first player rolls the dice, adds the numbers on each die and takes the corresponding poker chips. For example, if you roll a 3 and a 4 you would take 7 points in tokens: 2 greens and 1 red and place them in the corresponding columns on your paper.
- Play continues with the second player, etc.
- When you have five of any color tokens you trade them in for a tokens of the next highest color. For example, if you have 5 greens you trade up for 1 red, once you have 5 reds you trade it in for 1 black.
- The first player to obtain a white token, worth 125 points wins.
Find more math games, challenges and puzzles, all using a simple deck of playing cards in, Math in the Cards: 100+ Games to Make Math Practice Fun.