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Note: “These directions are a bit complex, but the game is simple once you get the hand of it. It's easier to play then explain I think-- so just do a sample round as a practice for getting the rules down.”

Pyramid Math Card Game

Pyramid Math Card Game Activity

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Want to ditch those tiresome flash cards? Check out this game that has kids create a pyramid with playing cards! It's a fun and easy way to help your child learn addition and subtraction. This math activity also transitions well into a history lesson; After game play, you can introduce your kid to these magnificent feats of architecture that for thousands of years were the largest structures on Earth.

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards

What You Do:

  1. Help your child shuffle the deck of cards.
  2. To get the game started, have your kid flip the top three cards of the deck over and arrange them in a triangle, with one card on top and two beneath it.
  3. Have you child draw three more cards from the deck. Challenge him to figure out if he can find a way to integrate the cards he's drawn. For instance, if the top number is a six, and the row beneath it consists of a two and an eight, he could make a third row of the numbers 4 (6-2), 8 (6+2) and 2 (8-6).
  4. If he can't use certain cards, have him put them in a discard pile.
  5. He should continue building the pyramid until the deck is depleted.
  6. When he runs out of cards, have him shuffle the cards that have been discarded and try to integrate those cards into the pyramid the second time around.

Once he's used all of the cards to the best of his abilities, encourage him to take a step back and admire his math pyramid.

Updated on Mar 14, 2014
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