Fun Math Card Games – Ten Reasons Why Not to Use Them With Your Students

There are plenty of reasons why not to use some fun math card games with your students. Card games can be played with standard decks of cards with familiar rules adapted or with customized cards found online and printed out to be cut up and used in games. Teachers and parents may decide this is just not the best thing to use with their students an here are ten reasons why not to try bringing this fun activity into your classroom.

You do not have any scissors to use to cut up bunches or cards run off from a printable game and activity resource.
You do not feel like cutting while sitting in front of the TV and watching your favorite reality show.
You do not have any children at home or students in your class to pawn off the cutting job to.
You do no have plastic baggies or rubber bands to use to keep the cards from falling all over the place.
You never once played a card game as a child and therefore the rules of these games will be confusing to you, even though most children can learn them in minutes!
It is too much trouble to have students move their chairs or desks to create small grouping in order to play an educational math card game that will review and reinforce math facts.
You just love grading all those drill worksheets they would do instead of a fun math card game.
Your child is too competitive.
You are too competitive
You do not teach math.
If you can relate to these reasons not to use fun math card games in your class to allow you students to have a good time while reviewing and reinforcing math facts, then don not bother. Otherwise get those creative juices flowing and think about the quality educational value this will bring to your class, allowing the students to have some fun both in class and then letting them play these same games at home.

Susan Gnagy Fegan used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years. She saw first hand the benefits of engaging students in productive, hands on activities in class. She created and has presented Make it Fun! Make it Challenging! Make it Multisensory! workshop at conferences across the country.