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:
- Remove the face cards from a deck of playing cards and place the deck, face down on the table.
- Each player chooses 5 cards and places the cards in front of him.
- 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
- After making as many equations as possible, player sets aside the used cards and play passes to the next player.
- Play continues with players refilling their hands to 5 cards at the start of each turn.
- 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!
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)
Raising a Happy Child says
I can certainly see this post being in top 10 next year based on its title 🙂 This is a great idea!
Love Kiddo's intellectual passions. Looks like he's doing great with math!
super fun game!! would you want to be a guest author (use this post) on our homeschool co-op blog?
oh, and BTW, we got "double shutter" per your recommendation at Christmas. loved by all in our house..including the toddler.
Oooooh, me likey. Will hafta give this one a whirl!
jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa says
I love how kiddo is leading the way with this math game! Kids being excited about learning makes me smile.
We will definitely play this game. Thanks for the recommendation.
Deceptively Educational says
My son would LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!
Love how engaged your child is in his learning! Hope my little boy is that excited about learning when he is that age.
I've heard a lot of good things about that book, and I think it's fantastic that your Kiddo is so excited about learning! Especially math!
Little Wonders' Days says
This looks like a fun math game!! I'll have to show it to Little J.
Thanks for linking up to Afterschool!
I think my kids would love this book. I just requested it from the library. Thanks for the recommendation!
Love this book...and all her books!
Some card games are so great for math. We haven't tried this one yet but I'm going to!
I play a game I call Hang Ten with my first grader. Standard deck with face cards removed (Aces stay as 1). It is played like go fish. Each player starts out with 5 cards and, instead of asking the other player for a match, asks the other player for the number that would sum to 10 with the card she has. Example: I have a 3, I would ask her, "Do you have a 7?' If the other player has it, they give it to the asker and s/he gets to ask again. If the other player does not have it, they say, "Hang Ten" and the asker picks from the top of the deck and checks to see if the new card sums to 10 with any cards in his/her hand.
Thanks for sharing that game!