How is summer going for everyone? Now that the festivities of the 4th of July are all wrapped up and summer is warming up, we can say summer is officially here.
I made a quick trip to see the Grand Canyon for the first time before I attended Arizona’s AFHE convention. Not sure which was better – seeing the breathtaking majestic beauty of the land or hearing the phenomenal success stories of the families that stopped by the booth to brag about their kids’ skills, mathematical understanding, and high test scores after using the RightStart™ Mathematics program!
This week we’re going to focus on an application of math: money! Race to the Amount, game M11 in the Math Card Games book, is a fantastically fun game. It’s pretty much guaranteed to bring out the “sillies”, as my mom would say.
The purpose of this game, besides having fun, is to practice making amounts quickly with a specific set of money cards using as few cards as possible. This uses the skill of adding as well as critical thinking while working with money.
Start off with each player having the following cards in their hand: one 50¢ card, one 25¢ card, two 10¢ cards, one 5¢ card, and four 1¢ cards. If you have the Money Card Deck, you’ll have enough cards in the deck for three players. If one person wants to designate a random card as a 1¢ card, four players can play. Of course, you could also play the game with real coins using the quantity listed.
You will also need an assortment of 12 to 15 multiplication cards. These will be the amounts that everyone is racing towards. Lay these cards face down in the center of the playing area. For a longer game, use more multiplication cards.
When everyone has their nine money cards in hand, turn over the top multiplication card. Players race to make the amount listed on the target card with the cards in their hands. The first person who lays the correct amount down earns a point. If there is a tie, both players are awarded a point.
Players then pick up their cards and get ready for the next race. The goal is to have the most points at the end of the game!
As you will quickly see, this quickly becomes a hilarious situation. When I was playing this with a group of kids ranging from 7 to 11, we frequently had to stop the game because we were laughing so hard!
If you have older kids and want to challenge them, use 30 to 40 multiplication cards numbering less than 50. Turn over two cards for each round! Players need to add the amounts, then race to the total amount.
I hope you enjoy this game, as well as the “sillies”. As always, keep in touch and let us know how your summer games are progressing. Have a great day and play a math card game!