Give your child a deck of cards and have them sort
the cards into two piles by color (red & black). Then
have them sort the cards into four piles by suit (Spades,
Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs).
| SIMPLE "GO FISH"
You can make s simple "Go Fish" card game for your
child by sorting the cards and only using card numbers from
2 - 6. Shuffle and deal out four cards each. Children lay down
pairs of numbers (two 3's, two 4's, etc.). When they have no
pairs to lay down, they can ask someone else for a specific
number. If the person does not have the card, they say "Go
Fish" and the child takes a card from the pile. The person
with the most pairs wins.
| You can take the ace and other top cards out of a deck
and play "War" with your child. Deal out all
of the cards, then each player turns over a card. The
person with the highest card gets to take both cards.
You can play this game with your child even before she
recognizes numerals. You can show her how to count the
symbols on each card. She will visually see that two diamonds
is less than four spades. As she counts the symbols, verbalize
what is shown. "I have two, you have four. You win."
| SIMPLE CONCENTRATION
| Take out two 2's, two 3's, two 4's
and two 5's from a deck of cards. Shuffle or mix the cards
well on a table, then lay the cards out on the table in
two rows up-side-down. Take turns, turning over two cards,
looking for pairs. If your cards match, you take the cards,
if they do not match, you turn the back over and it is
the other persons turn. The purpose of this game is to
remember what cards have been turned over and where they
are placed. The person with the most cards at the end
Add more cards as your child gets better at this game.
You can also play this game matching up suits rather