Card Games

Playing Addition and Subtraction War

Use a regular deck of cards (1 or more decks) with the face cards removed. Each player draws 2 cards and either adds them together or subtracts the smaller number from the larger number. The player with the larger (or smaller) answer keeps all 4 cards. When the deck has been used up the player with the most cards wins. You can also use the cards to play Multiplication War.

### First to Add it Up

This card game is suitable for 2 – 4 players. You will need one deck of cards and pencil and paper to keep track of each player’s scores. In this game, picture cards = 10 and ace = 1.

Instructions

1. Shuffle the cards and have them in the center facing down.
2. One player draws 3 cards from the deck and lays them face up in the middle.
3. Players must add the 3 cards to find the total. The first player to call the total of the 3 cards is awarded that number of points.
4. No points are awarded for an incorrect answer.
5. Play continues with each player having a turn at revealing the 3 cards.

The winner is the player with the highest number of points when all cards have been turned over.
Variations

You could draw any number of cards, for example 2, 4 or even 5.
Use multiplication instead of addition (with 2 cards).