Make a Buck Activity

3.7 based on 12 ratings
Updated on Apr 24, 2014

Get ready to make a dollar...using playing cards! Your child will love practicing addition and decimals with this competitive game. Each card within the deck represents a different cent amount. The first player to accumulate the amount of points equal to a dollar wins.

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • 2 or more players

What You Do:

  1. Announce the values of the cards. Cards with the values 3-10 have cent values equivalent to their numbers (threes = $0.03, fours = $0.04 etc.). The remaining cards have the following values: Twos = $0.20 (2 cents), Jacks = $0.15, Queens = $0.20, Kings = $0.25, and Aces = $0.50.
  2. Ask one player to shuffle the playing cards and deal 5 cards face down to each player. The rest of the cards should be placed face down in a pile in the center of the table.
  3. Players pick up their cards and keep them private so no other players can see what they are holding.
  4. Encourage players to add up the sum of their cards. If no one has $1.00, keep playing.
  5. Each player should take a turn drawing a card from the deck in the center of the table, and discarding one of their cards face up in a discard pile.
  6. Continue playing until the first player has $1.00 in their hand, or the deck runs out.
  7. The player who gets $1.00 first wins! If nobody has won and the deck has run out, whoever is closest to $1.00 is the winner.

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