Teach Your Child How to Add with the Help of Cards

Nov 6, 2017 | Mom Life

My eldest daughter is currently in Kindergarten. Before their semestral break, she was already introduced to the concept of addition and subtraction. To help her understand the concept, I used Lego and popsicle sticks since it could be challenging for a child to visualize the concept of adding and taking away numbers. She was able to do it easily, but as a parent, I want to continuously challenge my kids to help them do better. 

Did you know that you can also use cards to boost a child’s adding skills?

Check out this simple card game from Education.com

Addition War
Are you tired of addition worksheets? This fun, addition focused take on the classic card game War is a great way to help your child learn a bit of math! It’s fun, it can be played practically anywhere and best of all, it’ll help your kid master her addition skills.

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards with the face card removed
  • 2 or more players

What You Do:

  1. Tell the players that for the purposes of the game aces= 1 (and the rest of the numbers are treated as is). Then, have your child shuffle the deck of cards.
  2. Have her deal the entire deck out evenly between both her and her friend.
  3. The rules of the game are pretty much like the card game War (both kids flip over a card at the same time), but instead of the player with highest card winning, the first player to say the sum of the two cards aloud wins the two cards.
  4. The first child to accumulate all of the cards is the winner.

The good thing about this simple card game is that it teaches the child how to add numbers mentally – a skill that could come in handy as s/he deals with more complex math concepts in the future. Go ahead and try it out!


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