Sunday, December 30, 2012

Multiplication Fun!

My kiddos love, love, love to play Multiplication War.  This is a great game to play to practice those dreaded multiplication facts!  All you need is a pack of regular playing cards per partner set.  (Any dollar store generally has playing cards.  They are usually about $1.00 per pack). 
Here's how to play:
1.  Shuffle a deck of playing cards and deal them facedown.  Each player receives the same amount of cards until the deck runs out.  
2.  Assign the picture cards, (jacks, queens, and kings), a value of 10.  Aces receive a value of either 11 or 1.
3.  Both players turn two cards face up, multiples the  numbers on the cards, and gives the product of the two cards.  For example, if one card is a 4 and the other card is a 6, then the product will be 24.  Once the answers, or products, are given, the player with the highest product receives all 4 cards.  These cards will be placed under the bottom of the winning player's pile.  (My class plays the game where if one player is unable to give the correct product, after a reasonable amount of time, the other player automatically wins the round).
4.  If both players end up with the same product, look out, its war!  Each player puts four cards facedown and turns up only 2 of them.  The player with the largest product wins the eight cards. 
5.  I set a timer for 15 minutes.  At the end of this time, both players count their cards.  The player with the most cards is declared the winner.  If one player runs out of cards before time is up, the other player automatically wins.  

Multiplication War!


  1. We do this! They LOVE it! I'm so glad you shared this on your blog!
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  2. I change the rules around from time to time. The kids never get tired of this game!