Diamonds to 10

This is a quick card game

You just need a pack of cards.

You will only be using the ace to 10 of Diamonds, so take these cards and put the rest aside.

Mix the 10 cards, and place them face down on the table.

Turn over the top card of the pile.

You are going to see how quickly you can say the number - but you're not going to call out the number you can see! Instead you need to call out the number you need to add to make 10.

For example, when a 6 is turned up... the player must call "Four" (because 6 + 4 = 10).

  • if you see a 9 you call "One" (9 + 1 = 10)
  • if you see a 3 you call "Seven" (3 + 7 = 10)
  • if you see a 10 you call "Naught" (10 + 0 = 10)

Every time you are right you score a point. Can you get all ten right?


If you don't want to use playing cards you can draw dots on scraps of paper instead.

When sorting (or making) the cards at the beginning of the game be sure to let your child help you. Let them sort the cards and talk about the symbols on each one. 

When first playing the game you may need to take it in turns to show your child what to do. He or she may want to count the diamonds on the card each time. In the early stages it is fine for children to count like this, or for them to check on their fingers to see which numbers make ten.

Eventually, though they should be able to recall the correct number almost automatically.

Share  what you have done with your teacher - write about what you found out, take pictures or post a tweet to your School.

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