Logical Thinking Game – Numbers Race

by Gareth Brown on 2012/04/06

A playing card game for primary and elementray school students where students need to move their counter and flip over all of their cards. They move a counter along the cards by the number they have just landed on. The game is great to teach counting and about how to think logically and strategically.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Counting
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Strategies
  • Logical thinking


Required Material

  • 2 Players
  • A deck of cards
  • 2 counter


Aim of the Game:

  • To flip all of your cards over before the other player.


How to Play:

  1. Remove the jacks, queens, kings and jokers
  2. Shuffle the cards and place them face up in a rectangular formation 5 cards high by eight cards long
  3. Each player needs to choose which suit of cards they are going to flip over
  4. The players then choose where they are going to start from, they have to choose a card from the edge which is not of their suit
  5. To flip a card a player needs to land on the card, they can then flip the card and put the counter back on the card now that it’s face down
  6. Players can move either horizontally or vertically, not diagonally. The number card they were sitting on designates how many spaces they can move (If they are on a 5 they can move 5 spaces on their next turn.)
  7. Players cannot move onto or jump over cards that have been flipped.
  8. The winner is the player who flips over all of their 10 cards first.
  9. If no players can reach their cards to flip them over then the winner is the player who has flipped over the most.



The trick of this game is to think ahead and decide which is the best card to land on that will give you the quickest path to your cards. A player may be able to land on a 4 or a 9, if they land on a 4 they also know they will be able to land on a 5 and then a 7. In this case they’re better to go for the 4 than the 9.

Encourage students to develop their own card layouts, they could make a rectangle that is 4 cards by 10 cards or they could make a different shape other than a rectangle.

For a bit of fun try this game with 3 or more players. You could also try it with two decks of cards shuffled together.


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