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.


  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.

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