Make 5


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

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Facts, Stage 0-3

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.

Related Māori vocab:

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

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