Summer Game #20: Find the Two Factors

Are you gearing up to start school? Or have you already started? We just started school last week. Amid the hubbub of getting used to new classes and new schedules, we are doing a bit of review and preparation for learning some wonderful things this year.

Last week, I had my daughter review her multiplication facts to help prepare her to learn multi-digit multiplication and simple division. In doing so, I was reminded of a fabulous game that will help her with both. The game is P29, Find the Two Factors, in the Math Card Games book.

You will want to start by explaining the term, factor. A factor is simply the multiplicand and the multiplier of a multiplication equation. For example, in the equation, 8 × 4 = 32, both 8 and 4 are the factors.

To play this game you will need about half of the cards from the Multiplication deck and all of the cards, except the zeros, from the Basic Card deck. This game works best with two to four players or teams.

Each player will be dealt five cards from the Basic Card deck. To set up the game board, lay out two multiplication cards in two separate rows.

The first player will play a card from her hand. The card needs to be a factor of one of the multiplication cards on the game board. For example, here we have a 12 and if the player has a 3-card in her hand, she can play the 3-card next to the 12.

Once a card has been played, the next player gets a turn. If the player does not have a card in his hand that is a factor of the multiplication cards on the game board, he can draw a multiplication cards and start a new row. Then his turn is over.

When a player completes a row, that player collects the cards from that row and starts a new row. There should never be less than two rows remaining on the game board.

If there are six or more rows on the table and a player is unable to play, he may choose to exchange any number of cards in his hand with new cards from the Basic Card deck stock.

The game is over when either the Basic Card deck or the Multiplication Card deck runs out. The winner is the player who has collected the most cards!

We hope you have enjoyed this summer’s Math Card Game series! Be sure to continue to play these math card games we shared this summer, along with other great games from the Math Card Games book during the school year. Not only will your child benefit from continued practice, but will also find that math really is fun!

Have a fabulous school year!

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