I’m rather cheap, so I’m all about manipulatives that I already have on hand. One of my favorites is a deck of playing cards. There are so many ways to use playing cards to teach math in your classroom. Here is one of my favorite ways:
Make Your Own Addition Problem – Each player takes 4 to 6 cards and uses their cards to make an addition, subtraction or multiplication problem. Then, they challenge their partner to answer the problem they have created. Each round the creator and the answerer change places. I have a mat that I use when I put this into centers, so that it s easier for my students. Grab a free copy of the mat from Google Docs by clicking on the picture.
If you liked this, there are 7 more ways to use playing cards in math at Raki’s Rad Resources. Feel free to stop by and check them out.