Ring Your Neck: A Math Game
Add up your cards in this strategy game. Deal 13 playing cards into a circle, face down. Take turns selecting one or two cards at a time and adding their values to your total. Carefully plan your moves. The player who picks up the last card will add 50 points to his score! Use a calculator for help, if you'd like the game to focus on strategy, or use scratch paper if you'd like some extra practice with addition.
What You Need:
- One deck of cards (ace = 1, jack = 11, queen = 12, king = 13) (Print a deck.)
- One Ring Your Neck record sheet for each player (Print this out.)
- A calculator (optional)
What You Do:
- Shuffle the deck. Then place 13 cards in the center of the playing area, face down, in a circle.
- Players take turns picking up 1 or 2 cards at a time (their choice). Players write their score (the sum of their cards) on their record sheet.
- The player who picks up the last card scores 50 extra points.
- Deal another 13 cards. Play until ten rounds are over and the score sheets are complete. The player with the highest score wins.
- Play multiplication-style. Multiply the card(s) that are drawn to the total. Start with a value of 1.
- Play subtraction-style. Start with an initial score of 1,000.
- Play division-style. Start with an initial score of 1,000,000.
- Change the number of cards in the circle.
- Change the value of all face cards to 10.