Match It Up

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Updated on Jul 10, 2014

Check out this excellent way to practice ordinal numbers, or numbers that identify order within a group. First, find a deck of playing cards. Second, divide the deck by suit. Third, you're ready to play! You and your child will have endless fun trying to match numbers as you turn over cards. Practice saying the numbers together, and your kid will be a pro in no time!

What You Need:

  • Deck of playing cards (with the face cards removed)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Prepare your materials by removing one suit from the deck for each player. Deal the cards so that each player has a set of all 10 cards.
  2. Have the first players shuffle his set of cards. Then, they flip the cards over one by one to create a line of 10 cards. While flipping the cards over, he should say, "First, second, third, fourth," etc., for each card.
  3. Players are awarded one point for each number that matches its correct sequential position. For example, turning over an ace first would count as a point, turning over a two second be another point, turning over a three third would be yet another point, and so on.
  4. The scorekeeper records the number of points player one received, and play continues on to the next participant.
  5. Play continues on for 10 rounds, or until time is called. The winner of the game is the person with the highest score.