Make a Buck
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
- 2 or more players
What You Do:
- 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.
- 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.
- Players pick up their cards and keep them private so no other players can see what they are holding.
- Encourage players to add up the sum of their cards. If no one has $1.00, keep playing.
- 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.
- Continue playing until the first player has $1.00 in their hand, or the deck runs out.
- 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.