A deck of Uno cards is all you’ll need for this fun multiplication game – it’s time for War! A great game for revision of times tables at home or school, Multiplication War is a fast paced battle best played in pairs.
How to Play Multiplication War
Number of players: Play in pairs.
Equipment needed: one deck of Uno cards per pair – you will only need the number cards so remove the action or picture cards before play.You can also customise the game by only including cards representing the factors your child has learnt or is currently learning.
Instructions for play:
1. Shuffle the deck and place face down in the centre of the table.
2. The youngest player starts. To begin play, the first player turns over the top two cards from the centre pile. Their opponent does the same. Each player multiplies the factors shown on their pair of cards. The player whose cards represent the highest value wins the skirmish, placing all of his own and his opponents cards into a prisoner pile.
As an example, in the image below the player to the left would score 8 x 1 = 8 and the player to the right 2 x 5 = 10. The player to the right wins the skirmish.
3. Repeat until all cards have been played. The player with the most cards in his prisoner pile is the winner.
Hints & Variations:
Instead of capturing and counting prisoner cards, the winner of each skirmish scores one point, with the scores being recorded on a piece of paper. The first player to win an agreed number of rounds (say 10) is the winner.