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Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks Math Game

Box Cars and
One-Eyed Jacks
Math Games

dice and cards


All of the Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks games below can be used to teach and reinforce basic math concepts. Each game employs the use of dice (Box Cars) and/or a deck of playing cards (One-Eyed Jacks). Click a game title below for complete rules. Note that each game lists skills taught and approximate grade levels. Many of these game ideas can be adapted to teach other skills and to serve students in grades above and below those referenced.

Place Value War
Skills: identification of two-digit numbers, comparing, place value (Grades 2 - 6)

Race To 1000

Skills: place value to 1000, odd/even (Grades 2 - 3)

Place Value Snap
Skills: place value 1 to 100, math facts/immediate recall (Grades 3 - 6)

Squeeze Play
Skills: place value to 1000, between-ness (Grades 2 - 3)

What's Your Number?
Skills: 4-digit place value, decimal place value (Grades 4 - 6)

Climb the Ladder to 100
Skills: place value, adding numbers to 100, vertical addition (Grades 1 - 3)

Your Place or Mine?
Skill: identifying place value from 10 000 - .000 01 (Grades 4 - 6)

Adding War
Skills: addition facts 1 to 10, 1 to 18 combinations (Grades 1 - 3)

3 Addend Snap
Skill: addition of 3 addends (Grades 2 - 6)

Make 20
Skills: addition and subtraction to 20, odd/even, addition of 3 addends (Grades 1 - 3)

Double Trouble
Skills: adding and subtracting to 18, adding double digits

Skills: addition to 12, counting on from larger numbers, math facts/immediate recall (Grades 1 - up)

To Sum It Up
Skill: adding 3-digit numbers (Grades 3 and up)


Joanne Currah and Jane Felling have created two best-selling math game books: shuffling Into Math (for teachers of grades K-3) and All Hands on Deck (grades 1-9). Each book includes simple instructions for more than 100 math games that help children discover math concepts and reinforce math skills. Education World is pleased to present a selection of those activities in this series.

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Fair Game - Subtraction
Skills: subtraction, odd/even (Grades 1 - 2)

What's the Difference?
Skill: subtracting 3-digit numbers (Grades 3 and up)

Subtraction War
Skill: subtraction from 10 (Grades 1 - 3)

Break 100
Skill: subtracting 3-digit numbers (Grades 3 and up)

Skill: addition with 3 addends (Grades 2 - 3 and up)

Snap Two It - Addition
Skills: place value - 2-digits, adding 1-digit and 2-digit numbers (Grades 2 - 3 and up)

Multiplication Fish
Skill: beginning multiplication facts to 16 (Grades 2 - 3)

Do Your Decimals
Skill: adding decimals (Grades 4 and up)

Beginners' Skip Counting
Skill: skip-counting in preparation for multiplication and division (Grades 2 - 3)

Multiplication War
Skill: multiplication facts to 81 (Grades 3 and up)

Fishing for Division Facts
Skill: beginning division facts (Grades 2 - 3)

T-Ball Multiplication
Skill: multiplying a two-digit number by a one-digit number (Grades 4 and up)

Multiplication Dice Toss
Skills: multiplication facts to 36, immediate recall (Grade 3)

Productive Products
Skill: multiplying 3-digit numbers (Grades 4 and up)

Slide Over
Skill: subtracting 3-digit numbers (Grades 3 and up)

Baseball "Three"
Skill: multiplying 2-digit numbers (Grades 4 and up)

What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?
Skills: telling time to the hour, addition (Grades 4 and up)

The Missing Facts
Skills: multiplication and division to find missing factors (Grades 4 and up)

Junior Star Traveler
Skills: adding and subtracting to 10, problem solving (Grades 1 and up)

Tic Tac Toe
Skills: adding 3-digit numbers, missing addends (Grades 3 - 6)

Dice Deluxe
Skills: 3-addend addition, subtraction from 12, math facts/immediate recall, odd/even (Grades 2 - 3)

Factor Find
Skill: factors (Grades 4 and up)

More About Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks

Joanne Currah and Jane Felling created their company, BOX CARS & ONE-EYED JACKS, for the sole purpose of making math fun—not threatening or frustrating—for children. Joanne and Jane spend many days each year on the road as they train teachers to make math fun for kids and run Family Math Nights at schools. To learn more about the authors, their books, and the services they provide, visit them at

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