Counting Cards

This is a fun activity that helps with counting and number recognition

You need a pack of playing cards or a set of 1-10 number cards

Take the pack of playing cards and remove the Jack, Queen and King, leaving only Ace to 10 of each suit.

Mix these 40 cards.​

Now, hold the cards face down, ready to deal them to the table.

Deal cards one at a time to the table, face-up. Like this:

Each time you deal a card you count out loud: 1, 2...

Keep dealing and counting. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

If a card turns up that matches the number you are saying you can keep it.

Then carry on counting.

When you get to 10 start again at 1

Here, we counted:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

​When we got to 7, the Seven of Spades turned up. 

We kept this card and carried on counting, 8, 9 10, 1, 2, 3, 4 ...

A little later we counted:

... 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

On 9, the nine of Clubs turned up. 

We kept this card and carried on counting again.

​When you run out of cards, stop.

Add up the value of the cards you kept (we only collected a 7 and a 9 so scored 16)

Shuffle the pack and have another go, or let someone else count and deal.


Who can score the most?


What do you think: Is it possible to deal through all 40 cards and not match any number at all?

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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