Crazy Twos


You can help you child to count in twos.

What you need:

A pack of cards with picture cards and jokers removed. (Ace =1)

What to do:

Deal each player 6 cards.

The other cards are placed face down in a pile.

The player to the left of the dealer places a card from their hand face up on the table.

Players take turns to place a card that is 2 greater than the card turned up. e.g If a 5 was turned up then a 7 is needed to have a turn. If the player can’t place a card he/she has to pick up a card from the deck. If that card can be placed the player can put it on the pile.

When either a 9 or a 10 is placed on the pile, the next player starts the sequence again by placing any card they choose.

The winner is the first player to get rid of their cards.

What to expect your child to do:

Be able to count in twos from odd or even numbers to 10.

Related Māori vocab:

card kāri
pile of cards putunga kāri
two bigger than e rua te rahinga ake

He Whakawhitinga Kōrero:

  • Tohaina kia ono ngā kāri ki ia kaitākaro. (Deal out six cards to each player.)
  • Ko koe te tuatahi. Whakatakotoria tētahi kāri, ko tōna mata ki runga. (You go first. Put down a card, face up.)
  • Kei a koe ināianei. Kei a koe te kāri e rua te rahinga ake i tērā? (Your turn now. Have you got a card that is two greater than that one?)
  • He aha te tau e rua te rahinga ake i tērā? (What number is two greater than that one?)
  • Kāore i a koe te kāri e rua te rahinga ake? Me tango ake tētahi anō kāri. You haven’t got the card which is two greater? You need to pick up another card.)
  • Kua tae atu ki te [iwa/tekau]. Me tīmata anō. Māu e whakatakoto tētahi kāri. (We’ve got up to [nine/ten]. We need to start again. You place down another card.)
  • Kua pau aku kāri katoa. Ko au te toa! (My cards are all gone. I’m the winner!)

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