Old-fashioned card games are great for helping children learn mathematical concepts in a fun, non-maths way. Splitting a deck of cards is an early form of division and remainders. Dealing cards is counting. Cards help with following complicated rules, paying attention, taking turns and patience. And of course they also provide great poker-face practice – vital for all mischief-making.
There are many commercially printed decks of cards with specific themes, which are great for topics and language learning. But most simple card games can just as easily be played with a traditional deck of cards. Some easy entry-level games to play at home include:
Snap: for matching and quick thinking.
War: for maths and number concepts, higher and lower etc.
Old Maid: for sorting, visual discrimination and vocabulary.