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Updated on Nov 26, 2013

Get ready to practice basic math skills with this fun card game! Create and decorate your own game board to get started. Your child and a friend will take turns choosing cards from the deck to determine how many spaces forward they can move. By counting out loud, they'll easily remember numbers and build excitement. After mastering counting, the game can become more challenging by adding addition, or even subtraction!

What You Need:

• Deck of playing cards
• 2 sheets of construction paper
• Ruler
• Tape
• Markers
• Markers (beans, coins, etc.)
• 2 or more players

What You Do:

1. Create your own game board by taping two sheets of construction paper together vertically. Then, using a ruler, help your child create one column for each player. Each column should contain 30 squares from the bottom of the paper to the top. Draw a "winner’s circle" at the very top.
2. Write the numbers 1-35 in order in the squares. This is a good opportunity to have the players help you count out loud.
3. Players put their markers just below the first square at the bottom of the game board.
4. Ask one of the players to remove the face cards and shuffle the deck of cards. Place it face down on the table, next to the board.
5. Players take turns choosing a card from the pile and moving the amount of squares forward towards the winner’s circle.
6. If a player lands on the same number space as his competitor, they get sent back to the start.
7. The first player to get their marker in the winner’s circle wins!

Variation: Have the players choose two cards at each turn and add them together for the number of spaces they move. Or, have them subtract the lesser of the two cards for how many spaces they get to move.