Your child will quickly learn how to add up to sums of 14 with a game he can play all by himself. Using a deck of cards and his knowledge of addition, he'll strive to lower his score each and every time.
What You Need:
- Deck of cards with the face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) removed
What You Do:
- Play the first round with your child to make sure he understands the game. Ask him to start by shuffling the deck.
- Tell him that for the purposes of the game aces = 1.
- Have him deal out all 40 cards face up into 13 separate piles of 4 cards each.
- Ask him to turn over the piles, one at a time, and start searching out all of the different combinations of cards that add up to equal 14.
- Have him play until there are no more moves possible.
- Count the cards that remain and tally up his score for the round. The lower the score, the better.
- Have him play again and try to beat his score. With enough practice, he might be able to use all of the cards and get a perfect score of 0!