Activity:

Greatest Number

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What You Need:

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

What You Do:

  1. Shuffle the deck. Arrange the cards face up in a 6 x 6 grid. Discard the remaining 4 cards.
  2. The first player picks up the highest possible card she can find.
  3. The second player then picks up the highest possible card that he can find.
  4. Continue picking up cards until there are none left.
  5. Each player adds up the total value of the cards they have collected. The player with the highest score wins.

You can also turn this game into a memory game. Arrange the cards in a grid where they are face down. Players will only be able to collect the cards in pairs after they've found two cards of the same value. Keeping the goal of a high score in mind, players can abandon trying to find a match for cards with low values until the very end, when those cards may be the only ones left.

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