Make Ten Card Game
This is a great way to help your 1st grader (or older) improve their speed at finding number combinations that add up to 10 (or higher in the advanced variations). Carry a set of the cards with you, because this is a great game to play in restaurants, doctor's offices, and other places where kids get bored.
Target Age: 1st grade for the basic version, 2nd grade and up for the variations
Materials: Deck of cards with face cards and tens removed.
How to Play:
- Deal a 3 x 3 grid of cards face up.
- Have your child look for a combination of 2 cards that add up to ten.
- The child can then remove the cards and the missing spots should have new cards placed face up from the remaining deck.
- Whenever there are no combinations of 10, pick up all the cards, reshuffle, and deal out 9 new cards face up.
Variations (from easiest to most advanced):
- Add the tens back into the deck and have your child find combinations that add up to 11.
- Add the face cards into the deck and assign them values (jack = 11, queen = 12, king = 13) and have the child find combinations to 12, 13, or 14.
- Tell the child they can use more than 2 cards to add up to the target number.
- You can even turn it into a multiplication game. Be creative!