In Your Prime
What is a prime number? Check out this great way to learn. Find a deck of cards and deal them out. We hope your hand has a lot of prime numbers in it! If it does, you have a good chance of winning. If not, we wish you luck when you head for the draw pile. Before you know it, our little one will have a bunch of prime numbers memorized and some great skills to take to math class.
Terms to Know:
- Prime Number: a number with no factors excepting itself and 1 (The first several prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, and 23. The number 1 is not a prime number and is instead classified as a unit.)
- Factor: a number that divides evenly into another number
What You Need:
- Deck of playing cards
What You Do:
- Shuffle the deck and deal five cards to each player.
- In this game, Aces = 1, Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, and Kings = 13.
- Players take turns discarding cards, face up and one at a time, into a discard pile. Players may only discard prime numbers or a group of cards whose sum is a prime number. If a player is unable to discard a prime number, they must draw from the deck until they find or create one.
- Play continues until the pack is depleted. The winning player is the player with the fewest cards left in their hand.