Positive and Negative Numbers Game

Positive and Negative Numbers Game Activity

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In this game, the player who is the most positive wins, no, literally thoughThis competitive card game will help your child get comfortable learning the difference between the value of positive and negative numbers using a deck of cards. Players work together to negotiate the value of playing cards by figuring out who has the highest positive card value.

What You Need:

  • Deck of playing cards with the face cards (jacks, queens and kings) removed
  • An even number of players (or get ready to face off in roshambo)

What You Do:

  1. Ask one of the players to shuffle the cards and deal them face down to everyone playing.
  2. Let the players know that red cards are negative numbers and black cards are positive numbers.
  3. Have them all turn over the top card on their stacks at the same time. Ask them who has the highest number. The player with the highest number should take all four cards and place them at the bottom of his stack.
  4. If two players turn over highest cards with the same value, they should divide the total number of cards forfeited evenly amongst themselves. If you're playing with an odd amount of players, have the two players holding cards with equal values face off in a roshambo match!
  5. The first player to collect all of the cards is the winner!
Updated on Dec 18, 2013
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