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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.

  • 1.

    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.

  • 2.

    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.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    Use a paper towel to “shine” each side of the card by rubbing it to give the crayon layer a sheen.

  • 5.

    Make enough cards to create several sets of cards.

  • 6.

    Create math games to play with the cards or try those listed in the Adaptations section.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • MATH Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • MATH Compare numbers.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.


  • Try these games to practice using the four operations to solve problems with whole numbers: •One partner deals the other partner a problem to solve. The receiver has to use the cards to display the solution. •One partner deals the other partner a solution (one-, two-, or three-digit numeral). The receiver has to create an equation that results in the solution. •One partner deals a solution, one numeral, and an operation that must be used in the equation. The receiver uses problem-solving skills to come up with a full equation.
  • Try these games to practice comparing numbers: •Partners play a version of War by laying out one, two, or three digit numbers to compare. Prior to playing, decide whether the larger of the two numbers or the smaller of the two numbers wins the game. •Each child in the group lays out four cards and arranges them to form a four-digit number. Challenge students to put their four-digit numbers in order from smallest to largest.
  • Older students might enjoy these games: •Lay out three cards. Use paper and pencil or a calculator to multiply the three numbers together. Compare the products. Kids decide how to score the game (Ex. Larger product gets a point. Or smaller product collects all the cards.) •Two students each choose a card without looking at it and hold it above their heads. A third student adds the numbers and tells the other two the sum. The two students guess what numbers are on their cards, keeping in mind that they must add up to the sum named.