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More or less

What to do with this activity?

"More or less" is a card game for two players. It needs you to compare numbers, and is good practice in addition and subtraction. All you need is a coin and a deck of cards.

For your 5 year old, play the game with the picture cards taken out of the deck. For your 6 and 7 year old, tell them that when they are adding the scores, Ace is 1, Jack is 11, Queen is 12 and King is 13.

How to play this game

Divide the cards evenly between the two players and place the cards face down in two piles.

Flip the coin and call "heads" or "tails" to decide if the winner of each round will be the person with a greater value card (heads) or a smaller value card (tails).

Each player turns over one card at a time and compares: Is mine more or less? How many more? How many less?

The player with the greater or smaller value card (depending on whether heads or tails was tossed) takes both cards.

The winner of the game is the player with the most cards when all the cards are gone from the pile of cards.

• Why am I doing this?

Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.

Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.

• How can I do more?

Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.

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