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"Flip Ten" Math Game (a math game on the cheap)

We came up with a math game that has become a favorite of both my ten-year-old and my six-year-old. I saw something like this, using a wooden board with tiles, in a catalogue. I thought "we could do the same thing with a pack of playing cards and save $20 plus shipping and handling!

Each player has ten cards: Ace (which represents 1), 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, & 10. We give each player a distinctive suit, though that is not necessary. Each player lines up his cards sequentially, face up, in front of him.

On his turn, the player rolls two dice. He then chooses which of the four operations to use with the two numbers on the dice, and turns over the card representing the answer.. For example, if he rolled the numbers 4 and 2, he could choose 4+2=6 (turn over the 6), 4-2=2(turn over the 2), 4x2=8 (turn over the 8), or 4 divided by 2=2(turn over the 2). He cannot use a division problem that doesn't divide evenly (for example, if the numbers on the dice were 5 and 2, he could not use 5 divided by 2, because there would be a remainder). Of course, he cannot use a problem yielding an answer greater than 10.

The object of the game is to be the first player to turn over ALL ten of his cards. As the game progresses, he will probably need to try out all the operations, on each turn, before choosing so he can find a number that has not yet been turned over. It gets tricky toward the end!

Kid Friendly Recipe: Elephant Ears

  • 1 refrigerator biscuit per child
  • spray butter
  • sugar
  • cinnamon

  • Flatten 1 biscuit in the palm of your hand.
  • Gently place biscuit on aluminum foil.
  • Shape biscuit to resemble an elephant's ear.
  • Spray butter on top of the biscuit.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
  • Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. (Check instructions on the can of biscuit dough for correct oven temperature.)

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Growing Together Family Learning Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2, page 16

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