Math Fact Card Games

Terry Hurley

Playing math fact card games is a great way to sharpen math skills while having fun with classmates, friends or family.

Card Games to Build Math Skills

From fast paced competitive card games to games that develop basic math concepts, patterns and facts, companies offer a wide variety of math fact games that are educational and fun.


Zoom is a fast paced math game with a twist. As players add their cards, they never know when a wild card will appear causing scores to zoom backwards or forwards. This game can be played by 1 - 4 players and is recommended for ages 7-18 or third through twelfth grade. Besides building multiplication and addition skills, Zoom also helps with the development of applying provability strategies.

Snap It Up

Made by Learning Resources, there are two Snap It Up math card games. One game is for addition and subtraction facts together, and the other is for multiplication math facts. Learning Resources also offers Snap It Up card games for phonics, reading and spelling.


Playing Zap develops basic addition and subtraction math skills. With the possibility of drawing a zap card, students are introduced to the mathematical concepts of awareness and chance. This game is recommended for ages 7 and up and is for 1-4 players.

Additional Math Card Games

Math Fact Card Games Using a Regular Deck of Cards

There are many card games that reinforce math facts that you can play using one or more regular poker style decks of playing cards. Most of the math card games are played with the following cards removed form the deck:

  • Jacks
  • Queens
  • Kings
  • Jokers

Math card games are easily adaptable to strengthen a variety of math concepts and skills including:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • Greater than/Less than
  • Fractions
  • Absolute value
  • Negative numbers
  • Problem solving using multi steps

Math War

One of the most popular math card games that develops and reinforces math skills is math war. On the website, Lets Play Math, there are directions for many variations of this popular math fact game. The variations include:

  • Addition War
  • Subtraction war
  • Advanced addition war
  • Product war
  • Fraction war
  • Improper fraction war
  • Integer product war
  • Integer addition war
  • Wild war
  • Reverse wild war
  • Advanced wild war

Books of Card Games that Develop Math Facts

Many books have been written on the subject of using card games to develop math fact skills. The following is a small sampling of these works which are available at Amazon.

  • Mega-fun Card-game Math: Grades 3-5 by Karol Yeatts includes reproducible card templates and directions for 25 card games that develop skills including:
    • Subtraction
    • Addition
    • Multiplication
    • Averages
    • Fractions
    • Decimals
    • Coordinate geometry
  • Math Card Games: 300 Games for Learning and Enjoying Math by Joan A. Cotter
  • Math Card Games, Grades K-1 by Claire Piddock
  • Math Card Games, Grades 2-3 by Claire Piddock
  • Math Card Games, Grades 4-5 by Claire Piddock
  • Math Card Games by Walter E. Rucker

Using math fact card games and board games is a fun way to help children practice math while building a solid foundation in mathematical skills and concepts.

Math Fact Card Games