24 Math Game

Yes, that's right...Math can be Fun too! The popular 24 Math Game is a huge hit in classrooms and homes around the world.  A sure way for kids to do better at math is by helping them to have a good time while learning!

Play 24 Math Game - Using Deck of Playing Cards

24 math game

An easy way to play the 24-math game is with an ordinary deck of cards.  Aces are given a value of 1. Be sure to remove all of the face cards from the deck.

  • The object of the game is to arrange four cards and using the four basic mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to get a total of 24.  Each player can use the Parentheses can also be used along with these four basic operations.
  • Choose one person to deal the cards. The dealer deals out four cards face-down to each player.
  • When all the cards are dealt to each player, all of the players will turn their cards over face-up in front of them and try to arrange their cards in any order and use three of the four math operations to reach the total of 24. Each of the four cards can only be used once. One set of parentheses may be used.
  • The first player that comes up with a total of 24 first is awarded a point. As the teacher or parent overseeing the game, you might want to make sure their solution is valid.
  • If nobody comes up with a solution no points are given for that round. 
  • Whoever has the most points after a predetermined number of rounds wins the game.

Take a look at the picture below.  This is a good solution.

For middle schoolers, Order of Operations is an important that will need to be learned and be used going forward into high school. Think Algebra!

The 24 Math Game is a great way for students to gain skill and practice using the order of operations: PEMDAS

Why Play 24 Math?

First of all it's about math...

And second, it's lots of fun!

And that's why many parents and teachers are using 24 Math in the classroom and at home to get students engaged and having a great time learning math!

As a matter of fact, not only is this game enjoyable for kids, people of all ages are getting a kick out of it.

Benefits of 24 Math Game

  • Helps develop mental math skills
  • Promotes quick thinking
  • Encourages Problem-solving skills
  • Fun tool for developing an interest in math

Math is one of those subjects that many children, not to mention adults struggle with. How often do you see young people rely on calculators to do math homework?  And don't forget about finger counting.

The 24 game is an entertaining way for students to build and sharpen the math skills and gets them away from dependence on calculators and finger counting.

In the actual 24 Math Game, which you can purchase on Amazon, there is a single digit version and a double digit version of the game. Both games are played the same way as I described above - the only difference -  the four cards in the double digit version will have one or more 2-digit numbers. 

Another thing to point out in the actual 24 game: The cards are ranked by level of difficulty. The cards are marked in the bottom corner with one dot, two dots, or three dots. The single dot cards are the easiest to make a total of 24. The two dot cards are more difficult that the one dot cards, and the three dot cards are the most difficult.f

Here's a short video on how the game is played, just click below.

Online 24 Math Game Solver

Solver for the 24 Game: Here's a nice online tool you can use if you are new to the 24 Game. It lets you choose 4 numbers and when you hit the submit button, it gives you several solutions for your numbers.

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