Make 5


To help your child to learn the addition number facts to 5.

What you need:

A pack of cards. Use only the ace, 2, 3 and 4 for each suit, 16 cards in total.

What to do:

Deal out 6 cards in a row, face up.

Players take turns to pick up 2 or more cards that add to 5. For example, 1+4, 2+1+1+1 or 3+2.

At the end of each player’s turn, the cards they have removed are replaced from the deck.

The game finishes when no further combinations can be found.

The winner is the player with the greatest number of cards.

What to expect your child to do:

Be able to instantly recognise combinations of numbers that add to 5.

He Kupu Māori:

addition facts meka tāpiritanga
face up anga kitea (face seen)
total (resulting from addition) tapeke
pack of cards pūkei kāri

He Whakawhitinga Kōrero:

  • Whakarārangihia kia ono ngā kāri, anga kitea. (Put 6 cards in a row, face up.)
  • Kei a koe i te tuatahi. Tangohia kia rua, nui ake rānei ngā kāri. Ina tāpirihia aua kāri, ko te rima te tapeke. Pupurihia aua kāri ki tō taha. (Your turn first. Take 2 or more cards. If  you add those cards together the total must be 5. Keep those cards by your side.)
  • Tangohia ētahi atu kāri i te pūkei ka whakatakoto ai kia noho tonu ētahi kāri e ono ki te rārangi. (Take more cards from the pack and put them down so that there continues to be 6 in a row.)
  • E kite ana koe i ētahi atu kāri ko te ono te tapeke? Ka mutu pea i konei tēnei kēmu. (Can you see any more cards that total 6? This game finishes here.)
  • Kei a wai ngā kāri maha rawa atu? Koia kei a koe e kare! Ko koe te toa! (Whose got the most cards? Your too good my darling! You win!)

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