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Subtraction Snap
For Primary Ages
Number of players: 2 of equal skill level
What you need: Deck of cards with face cards removed leaving (Ace=1) through 10.
What to do: Players divide cards evenly between themselves. Each player turns over a card at the same time. Both players subtract the smaller number from the larger number cards together as quickly as possible and say the difference out loud. The player who gives the correct answer first collects both cards. Play continues until one player collects all of the cards. In the event of a tie, players leave their cards down and let the pile build. Play resumes until one player gives a correct difference before the other and takes all of the accumulated cards.
Example: Player 1 turns over a 9. Player 2 turns over a 1. Player 2 says "8" first. Player 2 collects both cards.
Variation: Add another player. Two players are assigned the addition cards. The third player's card will be the one subtracted. An example for three cards turned over: 2, 9, 1 could be 2 9-1=10. Player three says "10" first and collects all three cards. You might want to use two decks of cards if you feel that the game ends too soon.

Doubles Snap
For Intermediate Ages
Number of players: 2 of equal skill level
What you need: Deck of cards, face cards removed (Ace=1) - 9.
What to do: The deck is placed between the two players. One card is turned over and the players double it to find the sum. The first player to say the correct sum out loud collects the card. Play continues until one player collects all of the cards. In case of a tie, the card is left on the table, play continues until one player says the correct answer before the other. The winner collects all the accumulated cards.
Example: Player 1 turns over a 7. The first player to say "14" collects the card.
Variation: Players must double then add 1 to find the correct answer. Once players are comfortable with adding 1 to the doubles, try doubles minus 1.

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