Risky Math

Risky Math Activity

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Addition has never been much fun as it is with this super-risky, ultra-competitive competitive card game! Players choose one or two cards from a center circle of 10 cards lying face down, and add them up on their score sheet. Be careful though; whoever chooses the last card in the circle has to add 25 points to his score! The player who ends up with the lowest score is the winner.

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Scratch paper, one sheet per player
  • Pencils, one per player

What You Do:

  1. Have one player shuffle the deck and place 10 cards face down, in a circle on the center of the table.
  2. Announce the point system to the players. For the purposes of this game jacks= 11, queens= 12, kings= 13, and Aces= 1. Players have the option of choosing either one or two cards.
  3. Ask one player at a time to choose either one or two cards from the center circle of cards. Why wouldn't you take two? Well...if a player draws a 7 or a jack he must subtract 7 or 11, respectively, from his score. 
  4. Players should write down their scores, either the amount (positive or negative) of one card, or the sum or difference of the two cards on scratch paper.
  5. The player in the group who chooses the last card has to add 25 points to his score.
  6. Deal another 10 cards and keep the game going for another 10 rounds.
  7. Whoever has the lowest score wins!

Variation: Multiply the numbers and the player with the highest score is the winner.

Updated on Jul 10, 2014
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