Crystal came to me the other day and asked me to make a math game for my kids to help them learn their math problems. Here’s what I came up with:
Untitled Math Game
Make two decks of cards. One of them (the “student deck”) is made up on the different math problems to be learned. (e.g. “5+2”, “4+1”, and the like). The other deck of cards (the “teacher deck”) is made up of cards with the answers for the problems in the student deck (e.g. “7”, “5”, and so on). In addition, the teacher deck has an “I Win!” card that is put at the bottom of the deck.
The student starts by drawing 7 cards from his deck. When he is ready, he tells the teacher to start. The teacher will then flop cards from his deck onto the table. This should be at a regular pace (every 3-5 seconds). The student then attempts to match the cards in his hand with the cards that the teacher is flopping onto the table. Each matched pair is pulled off the table. The student may draw more cards from his deck whenever he desires.
The teacher wins if he flops his “I Win!” card or if he has more cards on the table than the student has cards in hand.
The student wins if he manages to get rid of his cards before the teacher flops the “I Win!” card.
The student’s score is equal to the number of matches he has made. So, even if the student loses, he can still measure his progress.
This has not yet been playtested; I’ll report back when I know more. But, in the meantime, any thoughts?