Hit the Mark

Ages: 6 to 12 years old
Number of players: 2-4
Materials: Deck of cards, paper and pencil for scoring
Skill Practice: Addition, Visual memory, number value

Goal:  To achieve the lowest total amount of cards by gathering the low value cards

Card Value:

  • Number cards equal their face value.
  • Aces = 1 point
  • Kings and Queens = 10 points each 
  • Jacks = 0 points

Set up:

  1. Dealer passes out 5 cards to each player.
  2. The players lay out their 5 cards face down in front of them. The players do not look at the five cards in front of them.
  3. The remaining cards are placed face down in a stack in the center of the table.
  4. The dealer turns the top card over.

Rules for play:

  1. Play starts with the player on the left of the dealer.
  2. On their turn, each player either selects a card from the draw pile or from the discard pile and exchanges it with one of the 5 cards laid face down in from of them.
  3. The card that was exchanged from the row in front of them is placed into discard pile. 
  4. The next player can either take a card from the draw pile or from the discard pile. 
  5. Play continues until a player “knocks” or calls out that they have the lowest amount of cards.
  6. Once a player “knocks” all the players turn over their cards and add up their points according to the point system outlined above.
  7. The player with the lowest amount of cards wins the round.