The Number Linx cards can be used to play many types of typical card games and memory games. They go much further in cognitive development through linkage of the number of points on each cut shape with the pictures that are pre-set or drawn by the user and the ability to develop visual number systems and visual number patterns.
The 70 cards–7 sets of 10 cards die-cut and laminated to write on/write off and fit into the Number Linx board cutouts. Five series are set and two are blank to create your own series. The set five series: dominoes, animals, shapes, stringed instruments and sign language link the picture on the card to the number and shape to which they are cut.
When first opening the set or cards, discuss the number or shape to the pictures on the cards. For example, among the animal series, the Bactrian camel has two humps like the two points of the heart.
The cards can be used to play simple to very difficult memory games depending on the quantity of series placed upside down on the table. For young children, two sets is a good way to start. Children should try to match the shapes (easy) or find all 10 of one series from among the 20 cards.
When ready, 3 or more series of cards can be placed upside down and the player tries to find a single series (like animals) from among the 30+ cards.
The cards can be used to play any kind of card game that involves playing a card that matches the “series or number.” For example, deal out 5 cards to each player. Turn over one card and the first player either matches by shape or series the upturned card. If the player can not play, they draw a card and play it if possible. The game continues until a player plays all of their cards.
The cards can be used to create series using the picture cards or the blank cards. Young children can put the cards in the series of 0,1,2,3 and ask someone what the next card should be. Series of doubles, triples, etc. are simple series to do next. The players can then create more complicated series such as 1, 0, 2, 1, 3, 2…
The cards can be combined with the wood puzzle pieces to create patterns and other mixed series. See the examples of the Fibonacci series and the decimal expansion of pi.
We are developing a list of games or other learning activities that users create that we can then put on the Numbersalive.org website for other users to use. Please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy playing and creating games!