Go Fish Totals 10 is a card game we've been playing lately which our youngest loves. It's a fun way to get children involved in simple addition.
The Aim of Go Fish Totals 10
The aim of the game is to match pairs of cards so that they total 10.
- 1 x pack of playing cards with all kings, queens, jacks and jokers removed.
All ace cards are counted as 'ones'.
How to Play Go Fish Totals 10
Start by giving each player 5 cards. The remaining cards are placed in a 'fishing' pile in the middle of the circle of players.
Players take turns.
Player 1 looks at the cards in his/her hand and works out which card is needed in order to make a pair of cards totalling 10. He or she asks another one of the other players, "Do you have a ... (card bearing the number they require)?"
If the other player has the card requested, the card is handed over to Player 1.
If the other player doesn't have the card requested, then Player 1 is instructed to "Go Fish" at which time Player 1 retrieves a card from the fishing pile.
Player 1's turn is now finished and the next player has a turn.
When pairs of cards are matched so they add up to 10, each player takes those cards out of his hand and places them in safe piles to one side. At the end of the game, players count how many pairs of cards they have collected which add up to the number 10.
Play continues until there are no more cards left in the fishing pile. If a player runs out of cards before the end of the game, he/she draws a new hand of 5 cards from the fishing pile.
We found it helpful to provide young players, who are still learning to add numbers, with an abacus.
Alternatively, we wrote addition sentences on the white board nearby so players could check which cards they need.
This game has proved very popular and has often been requested. It's a great way to get children adding to 10 while enjoying a game together.
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