Math Activities with a Deck of Cards

Hey friends,

Goooood Friday morning!

Today we are talking about strengthening math skills. This is important for kids, as well as, many adults.

Found this article today on Facebook ( thanks to good friend Carolyn Townsend for sharing): 16 Card Games That Will Turn Your Students Into Math Aces by We Are Teachers.

There are a number of fun math activities there for students of all ages.

One card game that I just knew would be there was Cribbage and… IT WASN’T!

Photo taken from the Internet, but that’s about how I looked when Cribbage didn’t make their list!

So, since Cribbage WAS NOT on their Top 16 list, I’m gonna create my list own list… well, I’m just gonna share Cribbage with you and it is my TOP csrd game, my #1 card game, my most-favorite card game to play and it is fantatic for building akills in quick addition and skip counting.

Cribbage: An old English card game used with a peg board to keep score. It is usually played with two, three, or four people. It also has a deep, reach history which dates back to the 1600s.

To. play the game, players are trying to get points scored with pairs, runs of cards, and combinations of 15. The first to get around the board to 121 points wins.

What makes it fun, is how quickly you and your opponent(s) begin to count in your heads and then the faster and faster you can go.

There are tutorials online as well as online Cribbage games to play.

Give Cribbage a try! Don’t have a peg board? Well, you can adapt and overcome… How about making a cardboard ” board” and use loose change for markers? Or… a sidewalk chalk Cribbage board on the pavement? The sky is the limit!

The first person who gets to 121 points wins! So best of luck with that today!

Again, happy Friday! Be safe, be well, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and we will all get through this thing together!

P/S If any of you are Cribbage players, leave comments in the comment section below. Then we can get together (hopefully soon) and play. Jeff and I taught a guy to play at a local brewery a few weeks ago and it was a lot of fun playing again. I’ve missed it!

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