Want to know a way to get kids to learn to add REALLY fast? The best part is that it won’t cost you any extra money. Well, at least if you’re not playing for money! 😉
That’s right: Blackjack!
We started playing BlackJack with Paprika (age 7) earlier this week by accident. We were all sick and needed a break from school. Paprika knows her addition facts but her recall was slow. Painfully slow.
We got the idea to teach her Blackjack, or “21” as they say in some circles. We didn’t play for cash, although that might have sweetened the deal for her. I will tell you…she started adding FAST after a night or two of playing this.
She had so much fun that soon Ginger (age 4) took notice and wanted to play, too. She added a little bit slower (and with some help) – and after a night or two, she was adding like you would not believe.
The only drawback? Well, they only learn to add to 21.
And if you play for more than pennies, you could go broke! So far, we’ve been having a great time with it and it’s been a fun way to reinforce math skills. The best part is: all you need is a deck of cards. That’s it! Nothing fancy. Just something you already own!
We play simple rules with our little ones. Here’s how we do it:
One person is the dealer and everyone competes against the dealer.
Dealer gives everyone two cards face up, including himself.
The object is to get to 21 without going bust.
Players can hit or stay (get a card or not) – until they reach 21 or bust!
If the dealer busts, everyone else wins!
It’s not 100% totally the rules of Vegas Blackjack – but you know…it works for the kiddos! 😉 And don’t worry – we started back on regular Math today. But in the breaks, we played Blackjack and the girls didn’t even notice they were practicing math. Ha!