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Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics? Of course not, there are many fascinating mathematical activities you can enjoy and here are some ideas.

• Long Line Make a line of cards so that consectutive card totals are odd, even, prime or square;
• Make 15 Take turns to select a card. The first person to make a sum of 15 with their cards wins;
• Card Tower Find the rule for the number sequence created while building a tower or bridge of cards;
• Squares Use nine playing cards to form a magic, unmagic, prime or sum square;
• Snap! There are many ways to play snap and include numeracy facts in the rules;
• Times Tables The more ways you can practice your times tables the better. Here are some ideas;
• Greater A really interesting way to explore probability while having fun at the same time;
• More ... There is an ever-growing list of other activities for learning Mathematics with cards;

 Do you have any wonderful ideas for using playing cards to help learn mathematics? Please share your ideas here. Playing cards have been around since the ninth century. They were invented in China and spread across Europe in the fourteenth century. Though the designs on the cards have changed over the years the basic number properties have not. Because they are so popular the manufacture of high quality cards is not expensive and makes them an ideal tool for learning mathematics.

## Activities with numbered cards:

#### Prime Pairs Game

A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a prime number.

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#### Superior

A game for two players who compete to make the largest possible number from randomly selected cards.

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#### Manifest

An exciting and thought-provoking number placing game for two players or one player versus the computer.

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#### Nevertheless

Players decide where to place the cards to make an equation with the largest possible solution.

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#### Fifteen

A strategy game. Play against the computer to select three numbers that add up to 15.

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#### Square Pairs Game

A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a square number.