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Value of Playing Quince
Level: 1st-2nd grade
Recommended # of Players: 2
Materials: Quince cards (4 sets of 1-10); 10 counters
Math Skills: Addition of several numbers (1-10); subtraction from 15; probability
Quince is very similar to the game of Blackjack, or Twenty-one, without the wagering. Instead of 21, players try to reach 15 without going over. The game is good for children who are comfortable adding several numbers mentally and are ready for the additional challenge of then comparing that number to 15. They must then determine which numbers they could take without exceeding 15. Players also have the opportunity to reason about the probability of being dealt a number greater than what they need to reach 15.
Playing with all the cards face-up provides players with the additional opportunity to count the cards to determine the probability of being dealt a card that will cause them to reach or to go over 15. They can also observe which player is closest to 15. This allows players to use strategy to determine whether they would want another card or not.
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