Supplies Needed:

  • Playing Cards


1. Shuffle the deck of cards.  Place them face down in between you and your mentee.

2. Turn over five cards to make a row, then flip the top card of the deck.  This top card is your target card.

3. Using at least two cards and any combination of operations, be the first to “make” the target number.
(Ace = 1, King = 13, Queen = 12, Jack = 11)

4. If you have a way to make the target, say, “LIGHTNING!” and tell your mentee the complete number sentence.  If it is correct, you keep the cards you used to make the target number, including the target card, and replace the empty places with new cards from the deck.

5. The person with the most cards at the end is the winner!

TIP: It’s a good idea to try and use as many cards as you can for your target.  (See the example below.)