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Deal the problem and deal the solution. Make and design colorful cards using Crayola Crayons on index cards or pre-cut pieces of thick paper. Use these colorful, kid-created playing cards to play math games with partners or teams.
Provide students with index cards or cut cardboard or oak tag into same-size rectangles, about 3 inches wide (8 cm) and 5 inches (12 cm) long.
On one side of each card invite students to use Crayola® Crayons to draw a large, one-digit number or operation (+, -, x, ÷) in the center and a smaller version in each corner of the card. Encourage children to fill in the entire side of the card with color.
On the other side of the card, ask children to draw portraits of themselves or a fun design. Again encourage them to fill in the entire card with crayon color.
Use a paper towel to “shine” each side of the card by rubbing it to give the crayon layer a sheen.
Make enough cards to create several sets of cards.
Create math games to play with the cards or try those listed in the Adaptations section.
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