What You Need:
- White paper
- Deck of cards with the face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) removed
What You Do:
Create The Scoresheet:
- Each player makes their own coloring sheet on a vertical piece of white paper. In the center of the page, draw the outline of a sun with a black marker.
- Draw 9 concentric rings around the sun, one ring per planet or moon in our solar system. Make a black outline drawing of each planet or moon on it's orbital line. They can be drawn as creatively as you like!
- Next to each drawing, write the corresponding initial. The initials in order around the sun should be: M, V, E, M, J, S, U, N, P.
-Have your child shuffle the deck and place it face down.
Play The Game:
- Ask your child to shuffle the deck and place it face down. For this game aces= 1.
- Each player takes 2 cards at a time. They can choose to use any math system including addition, subtraction, or multiplication to combine the two cards they choose, trying to end up with any number between 1 and 9.
- If the answer is between 1 and 9, the player gets to color in the corresponding planet in order of their distance from the sun. For example, if a player's number is 5, they would color in Jupiter, because it's the 5th planet from the sun.
- Players can only color in the planets if their math is correct, they can name the planet, and the planet has not been colored in yet by another player.
- When all the planets have been named, each player should count the number of planets they have colored and whoever has colored the most planets is the winner!