War

Ages: 4 years old and up
Number of Players: 2
Materials: Deck of Cards
Skill Practice: Number recognition, Number concepts of higher/lower
Variation Skill:  Basic Computation

Goal: To win all the cards

Set up:

  1. Dealer passes cards face down one at a time to each player
  2. The players stack their cards into a pile face down.   

Rules for play:

  1. Play begins when the players turn over their top card.
  2. The player who has the card with the highest number wins that hand
  3. If the players turn over a card with the same number, the players have a “War”.
    1. The players place 3 cards, face down in front of them
    2. Next, the players turn over their next top card. The player with the highest numbered card wins all of the cards in the middle.
  4.  Play continues until a player collects all the cards and wins the game

Computation War (Variation):

  • This game can be played to practice number computation. For example, players turn over 2 cards and add, subtract, or multiply the numbers on their two cards.  The player with the highest number gets the cards.  If the players’ answers are the same, then the players have a “war.” Play continues as described above.