This activity is all about laying down the suits of cards in lines so that adjacent pairs of cards add or multiply together to give particular totals.
Let the Ace represent one, Jack eleven, Queen twelve and King thirteen
How long can you make a line of cards of one suit so that:
sums of adjacent cards are odd numbers;
Here are some other challenges: How long can you make a line of cards of one suit so that:
products of adjacent cards are even numbers;
sums of adjacent cards are prime numbers;
sums of adjacent cards are square numbers;
sums of adjacent cards are triangular numbers;
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You can try similar activities which are online and interactive: Scallywags and Scoundrels  Square Pairs

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Ann Mason, Kingsmead School Derby
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
"NUMBER BONDS TO TEN
Remove all 10, j, q, k cards from a pack of cards.
Pupil turns over cards to create 8 separate piles.
Pairs of cards can be covered, with new cards from the pack, if the two numbers add up to 10. (Ace is taken as 1)
The aim is to get rid of all the cards  not always possible, but they soon learn to recognise the number bonds.
Could be timed to create competition as they get more confident."