Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics? Of course not, there are many fascinating mathematical activities you can enjoy and here are some ideas.
If you are not familiar with standard playing cards here is a guide.
There are 52 cards in a pack (usually called a deck). The cards are grouped into four suits of 13 cards each. these suits are called clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. Click on a tab below to see the cards in each of these suits.
Hearts ♥ Diamonds ♦ Clubs ♣ Spades ♠
Hearts ♥  Ace of Hearts 

Two of Hearts 
Three of Hearts 
Four of Hearts 
Five of Hearts 
Six of Hearts 
Seven of Hearts 
Eight of Hearts 
Nine of Hearts 
Ten of Hearts 
Jack of Hearts 
Queen of Hearts 
King of Hearts 

Do you have any wonderful ideas for using playing cards to help learn mathematics? Please share your ideas here. Playing cards have been around since the ninth century. They were invented in China and spread across Europe in the fourteenth century. Though the designs on the cards have changed over the years the basic number properties have not. Because they are so popular the manufacture of high quality cards is not expensive and makes them an ideal tool for learning mathematics. 

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Ann Mason, Kingsmead School Derby
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
"NUMBER BONDS TO TEN
Remove all 10, j, q, k cards from a pack of cards.
Pupil turns over cards to create 8 separate piles.
Pairs of cards can be covered, with new cards from the pack, if the two numbers add up to 10. (Ace is taken as 1)
The aim is to get rid of all the cards  not always possible, but they soon learn to recognise the number bonds.
Could be timed to create competition as they get more confident."