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Jumbo School Friendly Playing Cards

Jumbo School Friendly Playing Cards

Jumbo School Friendly Playing Cards

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SKU 1N310

Description / Jumbo School Friendly Playing Cards

Jumbo sized pack of 56 (110mm x 170mm) version of the Child Friendly Playing Cards designed by Dr Paul Swan.

Play all of your standard card games without any association with gambling!

These cards are numbered 0 – 13 (no Aces, Jacks, Queens or Kings) and come in 4 colours (suits). The suits are green squares, yellow rectangles blue circles and brown triangles. The shapes are arranged in standard subitising patterns.

Playing cards is a popular pastime for children and adults alike. Young children enjoy playing card games but sometimes are confused by all of the extraneous information depicted on a standard playing card. They sometimes have difficulty remembering the difference between clubs and spades – if they can even remember their names! They may not remember whether a Jack is of higher value than a Queen or King. Are Aces higher (11) or (1)? When using cards to develop fluency in mathematics, these issues can prove a distraction and irritation.

One aspect of cards that often confuses young children is that on a 7 of diamonds there are in fact 9 diamonds. Look closely and you will see that there are 7 diamonds and the one diamond under each seven. The other issue is that young children begin to believe that there is a mathematical shape called a diamond, when in fact it is a rhombus or perhaps a square that has been rotated. Granted there are baseball diamonds and diamonds as a suit on playing cards, but a diamond shape is actually rhombus (or possibly a rotated square).

In some cultures and schools the use of regular playing cards is frowned upon because of their association with gambling. Hence the development of the Child Friendly Cards.

Want some ideas for using these cards? Have a look at Dr Paul Swan's Maths Games with Child Friendly Cards book.

More Information

Brand Dr Paul Swan
Content Strand Number & Algebra
Proficiency Strand Fluency
Alternative Codes E1N310 F1N310 H1N310 L1N310 M1N310

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