Great Single Player Card Games

Card games are a great way to pass the time with a group of friends, but they can also be great fun just by yourself.

First of all I will address what makes single player card games so enjoyable. Single player card games have been around for hundreds of years and are a core part of western society. People enjoy them for a number of reasons, the more basic games, such as Klondike and clock solitaire are simple and accessible for most people, this is what makes them so fun, all you need is yourself, a little time and a deck of cards.

Some people enjoy the challenge placed by the more complex card games, some find playing single player card games relaxing on a cool summers day. The choices are endless and this is what makes them such a good hobby – once you’ve learnt a couple of single player card games they can amuse you for hundreds of hours, simply because each game is always different, no game of solitaire is the same, and with the number of varieties that are out there, single player card games are one of the best hobbies around.

Card games have evolved over the years, today when most people think of solitaire games today, many people would immediately think of the digital versions for computers, and this is a natural occurrence and overall a good thing for single player card games, as times change they need to stay current, however, there are still millions of people who play the “old-fashion way” with a standard deck of cards.

When can I play single player card games? Some single player card games are short (10-15 minutes) while others can range from 30-45 minutes. Once you’ve learnt a number of both complex and simple games, you can choose which to play depending on your time frame.

For example if your on holiday and you’ve got a few minutes before your going to the beach, a quick game of Klondike can be the perfect time killer. Whereas if your on the boat on your way to your holiday, a nice long game of La Belle Lucie may be more suited.

Now I will attach a brief guide of how to play Beehive Solitaire, which a fun, interesting variant of solitaire:

Shuffle the pack. Then, holding the cards face down, count off 10 cards and put them in a pile face up on the table, with only the top card showing. This is the beehive.

Deal off the next 6 cards, placing them in 2 horizontal rows of 3 cards each. This is the flower garden into which you try to get the bees, or cards in the beehive, as well as all the other cards. Hold the remainder of the pack in your hand, face down.

The object is to combine all the 52 cards in sets of 4 of a kind, such as 4 Threes, 4 Jacks, and so on, by grouping them in sets of 4 in the flower garden, and removing each set when it is completed.

Play: With the cards laid out as described, begin to send bees to the garden. If the top card of the beehive is the same in value as any car in the garden, place it on that card. Then the next card in the hive being uncovered may be used if it has the same value as any card in the garden.

No card is ever place on the beehive, since the object is to use up all its cards as quickly as possible. Cards are placed only on the 6 garden cards.

If 2 cards in the garden have the same value, place one on top of the other, and fill the vacant space with the top card of the beehive. When all the cards of the same value, among the cards on the table, have been combined, deal off 3 cards from the pack in your hand, placing them in a pile face up, with only the top card (the third card from the top of the pack) showing.

This will begin a working pile. If the top card has the same value as any card in the garden, place it on the garden card, and use the card it uncovers in the working pile if it, too, has the same value as any in the garden. When you complete a set of 4 cards of the same value in the garden, such as 4 threes, remove it, put it to one side, and fill the vacant space with the top card of the beehive.

When there are no more cards in the beehive, fill a vacant space with the top card of the working pile. Go through the pack 3 cards at a time, placing them face up on the working pile and using as many as you can on cards in the garden, building sets of 4. Then turn over the working pile and go through it again, 3 cards at a time.

To win the game: If you combine all the cards in sets of 4, you win. Then turn over the working pile and go through it again, 3 cards at a time. However, if you have gone through the working pile without being able to use a single card, you lose the game.

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Math Card Games – A Simple Way to Make Math More Fun in Your Classroom

Everyone knows how to play cards, and those that do not love learning how. Math card games can be games a teacher dreams up themselves or adaptations of familiar games. By having sets of cards easily available, teaching a few common games with easy to follow rules and learning how to use your computer to save time, any math class can begin to use card games to make math more fun in their classroom. This article will give a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

First of all it is imperative to learn to use your computer to make your own cards or to download card games from websites. Most people think spreadsheets and data base programs are for crunching numbers but they can be a valuable tool to make game cards. Once you learn to do this, you will have your math facts and other problems at your finger tips and ready to print when needed. If you purchase a digital downloadable product, that gives you printable math card games to use whenever you want. They will also give you ideas to jump start your own creative juices. So, take the time to learn to use the computer tools available, we all know our children are more computer savvy than us, so twist their arms to show you how!

In addition to making your own math cards, compiling cards sets from popular commercial games will add to your arsenal. Whether it is traditional deck of cards or a popular game with numbers and colors or shapes, these cards can be used the classroom. Adaptations to many commercial card game with single digit numbers can be as simple as adding or multiplying the card being placed on a pile to the one that is already there! Combine sets of cards together to make larger decks and adapt the game for more people or dream up new rules. The important piece here, is to think ahead and print off card sets, onto tag weight paper, and search at yard sales for enough sets of commercial cards so that when it comes time to play, there are plenty to go around.

Finally, taking the time at the beginning of the year to make sure the students understand the rules to some common basic card games will save loads of time when actually playing them as fun math games. You might think everyone has played some sort of matching game where you have to remember where cards are and match them, but there will be some who do not know that game. The same with card games where you draw from a pile and discard or ones where you ask other players if they have certain cards. Once you learn how to play games involving these core rules, most any card game introduced will be easy to learn as they all are based on the same principles.

Keeping it simple is a great way to start with your development of some fun math card games to use with your students. Children often prefer the simpler games than the more complicated ones played on their home video game systems. Be sure to keep thinking of ways to make math more fun and have some fun yourself playing these card games with the students.

Sue Gnagy Fegan used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years. She saw first hand the benefits of engaging students in productive, hands on activities in class. She created and has presented Make it Fun! Make it Challenging! Make it Multisensory! workshop at conferences across the country.

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