# War with Decimals and Fractions

It's over twenty-years since I first played this maths game with Primary-age children... but that doesn't stop it being an excellent way for children to develop their understanding of fractions and decimals.

You will need two copies of the cards cut from the downloadable* file. That's 48 cards in total.

The cards are shuffled and dealt face-down between the two children who are playing. The players keep their 24 cards in front of them. Together, the children turn over a card from their own pack (a little like the game of snap).

They both look at their cards and decide who turned over the fraction or decimal which indicates the larger amount. Whoever has the turned over the larger card keeps both.

If both cards show same amount (fraction or decimal) then the players declare 'War'. At this point each player places their own card face-down to one side and deals two more cards (unseen) face-down on top of the first. The next card they turn is the 'explosion card' - they turn it face up together. Whoever has the larger amount on the card here takes all of the cards in the 'war'.

Cards that are taken are always placed at the bottom of the player's pack of cards. The first player to take all of the cards is the winner.

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### Thank you so much - this is a

Thank you so much - this is a brilliant resource and one that I know my children will love.  It will really help them to understand the link between fractions and decimals and it is being done in a way that means they don't feel like they are learning :)  Yet again, you have saved the day :)  I don't know what I would do without your amazing resources Mathsticks :)
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### This will really appeal to

This will really appeal to the boys, although I'm not sure I should be encouraging their love of war.
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### I tend to agree with your

I tend to agree with your latter point. But we kept the term only in the title and the cards themselves cannot be said to 'encourage' war-like attitudes. We did think quite carefully about thsi before releasing it - the consensus of opinion was that 'war' in this context was seen in an innocent, child-like way... if that makes any sense!
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### Simple and effective - a

Simple and effective - a great time saver and so motivating.
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### Hi  I sometimes play

Hi  I sometimes play equivalent fraction snap, but this idea is much more fun.  Just one suggestion - could you make the decimals equivalent to the thirds fractions show as recurring please?  Otherwise children might get the idea that the decimal stops after 2 places.  Thank you.
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### Thanks for the comment here.

Thanks for the comment here. Yes, we will update the cards... it's on our to-do list.
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### Thank you for this resource.

Thank you for this resource. It will be great for the children to use rather than a worksheet and it will also create plenty of speaking and listening.
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### I love it! Excited to try it

I love it! Excited to try it with my class.
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### This looks like a great

This looks like a great resource, and I'm very happy to use it instead of another worksheet. Partner work and talk are always better! Many thanks.
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### Really simple idea but kids

Really simple idea but kids love it - they have even been known to play it in their own free time! Thanks
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### Yet another great resource.

Yet another great resource. This will make my pupils think and help them to reinforce their understanding of decimals and fractions. I am so pleased that I found this website and so wil my colleagues when I go back to school on Monday and tell them about it.
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### That's really good to hear.

That's really good to hear. Thank you for your feedback.
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### I use this game in my

I use this game in my classroom.  The kids love it and don't want to stop playing.
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### Good for motivating the

Good for motivating the children and get them to practise fractions and decimals.
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### This looks like an excellent

This looks like an excellent way to reinforce knowledge. Thanks.
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### Thanks for yet another

Thanks for yet another activity that beats the boredom. For some reason, fractions and decimals strike fear in teachers and students alike and anything that will help all involved is quickly snapped up to provide as much support as possible! Keep up the great ideas!
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### My son really had to think

My son really had to think with this game, what a great way to learn.
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### Loved this! A joy seeing my

Loved this! A joy seeing my son actually having fun with fractions. Things suddenly fell into place.
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### how can i change the

how can i change the background to these cards to make them look fun and appealing?
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### The cards within this game

The cards within this game are deliberately plain to make sure the typeface is clear and legible. However, if you want to add colour or decoration you could always photocopy them onto coloured/patterned card. In the past I have asked children to add simple cartoon illustrations to a set of cards before they are cut up and laminated... maybe this would be a useful approach.
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### My class will love this game

My class will love this game perhaps a fraction wall to help them so they have a key visual to help them. This is a great concept that will really help my kids.
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### I plan to back-to-back the

I plan to back-to-back the equivalent fractions and decimals and make a hanging mobile.  That way kids will have a visual that does not take up wall space.  Even the chn who are not yet up to comparing the two will have access to the information.
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### I love this idea.    If only

I love this idea.    If only we didn;t have such low ceilings! it really shows thatthey mean the same thing
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### That's a great idea. Many

That's a great idea. Many thanks for sharing - we always appreciate hearing about alternative uses for our resources.

Cheers.

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### A super resource - but it

A super resource - but it would be even more fun if the cards had the snazzy nuclear background on them. Just thinking of some of the noys in my class, who would love it! Off to create my own now in Word....
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### That's a great idea. Let me

That's a great idea. Let me know how you get on with your resource... I'll have a go at this end too (when time permits). Cheers.
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### The structure of the game is

The structure of the game is good. However I found that changing fractions into decimals, beyond the simplest ones, needed more preparation for my pupils
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### Anything with war in the

Anything with war in the title will get the attention of my hard to reach pupils! Thank you for establishing your site. Like all teachers at this stage of the year, I have got to know my new class and am trying to find as many resources and approaches to help them to make progress and move them forward. I have a wide range of abilities in my y56 class and want to escape the dreaded worksheets and be creative! I look forward to using your site and hopefully contributing something as well.
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### @tonysands63 - thank you for

@tonysands63 - thank you for your comments, I fully agree! My goal as a teacher was always to aim for a clear creative/meaningful response from the children. "...escape from the dreaded worksheet..." I hope we can.

I hope, too, that you can find the time to contribute further here, I'd love to see more people involved in sharing ideas.

Cheers, John

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### This will really appeal to my

This will really appeal to my class and help them with this concept, thanks.
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