Probability Card Game
Guessing the likelihood of an event is an important concept and this game is the perfect way to learn it! Probability is all about chances and is a fundamental math concept that your child will encounter again and again. She might as well get a firm handle on it now.
What You Need:
- Deck of playing cards
- Scratch paper (1 sheet per player)
- Pencil (1 sheet per player)
What You Do:
- Have your child take out the ace through 6 cards of each suit, and set the rest of the cards to the side. (There will be 24 cards in total used to play the game.)
- Ask her with 24 cards and 4 aces, what is the probability of an ace being drawn? Since 1/6th of the cards are aces, the chances are 1 in 6.
- Have her spread the 24 cards out on the table face down.
- One player should take a turn picking up 6 cards and writing down how many aces he's drawn.
- Shuffle the cards and spread them out for the next player to choose from. Repeat this process for every player.
- Ask the players to discuss their results. Did anyone beat the odds? Who selected more than one ace?
- Whoever has the highest score after round 10 wins!
Variation: Try adding more cards and see how it changes the probability.