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    Counting Kings
    Players: 2

    Number of Cards: Number cards from 1-12 (x4) / no Jokers.

    Educational Value:
    Promotes the mental arithmetic and the understanding of quantities.

    Goal: The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

    Preparation: The cards are shuffled, and an agreed-upon number of cards (e.g. 10) are placed face-down in a stack to the side. This becomes the ‘center stack’. The rest of the cards are dealt equally between the players. Each player puts his cards face-down in a pile on the table.

    How to Play: Next, each player takes a turn to take a card off their individual piles and place it down next to their stack (so the previously turned card cannot be seen). If this card can be added to the other player’s revealed card to make the value of the ‘center card’ (e.g. 2+4, 5+1 etc.), this should be called out.
    The first person to call out correctly gets to keep the ‘center card’. A new ‘center card’ is then turned over and the game continues.
    When there are no more ‘center cards’ left, all the cards (except the ‘center cards’ players have won) are shuffled and dealt again, and a new ‘center stack’ is formed.
    The game ends when this process cannot be repeated. The player with the most cards at this point is the winner.

    Variation: To play with 3 players, the 3 revealed cards should add up to the value of the center card.

    Gaby Wendel-Rothe