Fraction Catch

A fraction ordering card game for 2-6 players. (For 5 and 6 players you may want two decks.) Materials: Fraction cards Set-up: Each player is dealt three cards, and holds them so others can’t see. Turn over the top card of the remaining deck. The player to the left of the dealer goes first. Gameplay: On the play, a player places a card in order among the other fractions. If their card goes between two other cards, they catch the lower fraction for a score. For example, a 1/2 played between a 1/4 and 5/8 would catch the 1/4. After a card is played that player draws a card, so they still have three cards. Play continues until no more plays can be made. If a player can’t make a play they pass their turn. Note that you can’t play equivalent fractions next to each other, so if 4/8 is down, no one may play 2/4 or 1/2. If you have no play at all (check with your opponent), you can shuffle one card into the deck and draw a new card for your turn. Winning: the player with the most captures wins. Variations: Open hand – players play with hands revealed and help each other. Good way to learn. Scoring – players play for a score, where you total your catches to find out who wins. Can shade in a score sheet divided into 24ths for a variation on this variation. Quick Catch – play until someone has a set number of catches, such as 5 or 7. Calculator check – play with a calculator, where players convert to decimals to check placement and total scores.

Example: The dealer flips over 2/4. Catches P1: none 2/4 P2: none P3: none P1: plays 7/8 after 2/4 (no catch). Catches P1: none 2/4 P2: none P3: none P2: plays 1/6 before 2/4 (no catch). Catches P1: none 1/6 2/4 P2: none P3: none

7/8

7/8

P3: plays 3/4 between 2/4 and 7/8, catches 2/4. Catches P1: none 1/6 2/4 7/8 P2: none P3: 2/4 3/4  So it looks like: Catches P1: P2: P3: 2/4

1/6

3/4

7/8

Now on Player 1’s turn, if they can play something between 1/6 and 3/4 or between 3/4 and 7/8, they’ll make a catch. If it’s smaller than 1/6 or bigger than 7/8, they won’t make a catch. Player 1 plays a 1/3. Where does it go? What happens? Catches P1: P2: P3: 2/4

1/6
1/3 

3/4

7/8

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