# Shamrock Multiplication War

This is a game that Baloo and I play fairly regularly.  Just for 5-10 minutes at a time as it gets tiring, but it’s great practice.  And it’s fun!  And it’s easy to switch it to addition war, if necessary.  Or even subtraction war – whoever gets the lowest number wins.  Whatever math skill you need to work on, you can probably do with these cards!

We’ve used regular playing cards in the past but I wanted cards that go up to 12 (since knowing your facts up to 12 is now the new standard) and I prefer a 1 to an Ace.

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It’s very simple.  Split the cards into two piles.  Each player gets a pile.  Flip over 2 cards at a time and multiply them together.  Whoever has the highest number wins.

This is when it gets fun.  Both sets equal 24.  Now each player lays 3 cards upside down and plays another set.  The winner of the second set takes ALL.

This is easily Baloos favorite part of the game.  Even when he loses he finds this exciting!