## Thursday, September 24, 2015

### Talking Math with Your Kids #TMWYK through Chinese Cribbage

Now that summer is officially over I thought I might share a game I like to play when I am at my cottage during the summer months. I enjoy playing this game while I am unwinding from my crazy 10 months that I call a life. I am lucky enough that I have a cottage to hang out at with my family for the summer months. A few pics of what I get to enjoy.

If you are a fan of Talking Math with your Kids from Christopher Danielson or are a fan of the card game cribbage then this post is for you.

I grew up in a house where a deck of cards went a long way. I am the youngest of 4 and we all played cards. We played go fish, solitaire, euchre,  31, BlackJack, Kings in the CornerHearts, Cribbage and the list goes on.

In cribbage you get 4 cards and a starter card will get cut or flipped up.

SCORING
If you have not played cribbage here is how you score points:
• Each combination that adds up to 15 is worth 2 points (no matter how many cards are involved).
• Each pair is worth 2 points.
• The value of a sequence of three, four, or five cards is equal to the number of cards in the run. (Keep in mind that A-K-Q doesn’t count as a run because aces are low.)
So, with 8-9-10-10 your hand is worth 8 points; 3 for one run of 8-9-10; 3 for the run using the other 10; and 2 for the pair of 10s. But for 3-3-4-5 with a 5 as the starter card, you have no less than four different runs, two pairs, and two ways to make 15 points — for a grand total of 20 points!
• If all four cards in your hand are of the same suit, you have a four-card flush worth 4 points. (The rules about a flush are more demanding; four-card flush do not count; see the next point.)
• A five-card flush (five cards in the same suit), using the starter, scores 5 points for either player’s hand. (A five-card flush can also apply to the crib but is quite rare.)
• If you have the jack of the same suit as the starter, it’s worth 1 point

CHINESE CRIBBAGE
When I was younger someone taught me a game called chinese cribbage where you play 5 hands at a time. You add up all your scores for each hand and total the 5 hands. Anything over thirty makes you go up and anything under thirty makes you go down. You play until you get to 31 in your up/down scores. So really solitaire cribbage.

Let me explain in more detail:

To start you lay out your four hands (the down card is your 5th hand which is your missy/kitty). This is actually a terrible start because I have flipped three aces.

Now you start to lay out your second card in each hand. Now you have some choice. The first card I turned over was the 7 which I put with 9 in hopes of a run. Then I turned a 2 which I put with the ace in hopes of a run. Then I turned the Q which I put with the other Heart (ace) in hopes of a flush or pulling a four in the third card. And my last card had to go with the ace of clubs as it was all that was left. Fifth card goes to the missy/kitty. NOTE:EACH HAND MUST HAVE TWO CARDS BEFORE A HAND COULD GET A THIRD CARD

Repeat for third card in each hand. The first card was a 2 of hearts which I put with the ace and queen (flush and run potential). Second card was a 7 which I put with the 9 and 7 because of potential run (need an 8 badly for that hand). Third card was a King which I put with ace and 2. Fourth card was a 4 which had to go in the last hand as it did not have a choice. Fifth card goes in the missy/kitty.

Repeat for fourth card in each hand. The first card was a 3 which I put in the first hand for a run and a fifteen. The second card I pulled was a Queen which I put with the last hand for a fifteen. Third card was a 9 which I put with the third hand for a pair of nine's. And then of course my fourth card was the 8 which I had to put in the second hand (clearly it would of been better in the third hand but I had just filled that-shit). Fifth card goes to the missy/kitty to complete the crib hand. you turn up the next card which becomes the fifth card in all five hands.

Looking at the picture above.
First hand : fifteen 2 (23K), fifteen 4 (5K), run of 3 (A23), makes 7
Second hand : fifteen 2 (258), fifteen 4 (5Q), makes 4
Third hand : pair is 2 (77), pair is 4 (99), makes 4
Fourth hand : fifteen 2 (456), fifteen 4 (A4Q), fifteen 6 (5Q), run of 3 (456), makes 9

Then I look at my fifth hand (missy/kitty/crib)
See below.
Fifth hand : fifteen 2 (69), fifteen 4 (5 10), fifteen 6 (5 other 10), pair is 2 (10 10), makes 8

Here are the hands tallied.

For a score of 32 - 2 over 30. So my scorecard gets +2.

Here is my second full hand scored below

For a score of 26 - 4 below 30. So my scorecard goes down 4 to -2.

And you continue to play until you get to 31.

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Final scorecard.

Of course, I do not typically write all that down. Did it to help explain. Below is what my scoresheet actually looks like. You are seeing 4 full games. first, second and third games all took 7 hands and my second game took 4 hands.

TALKING MATH WITH YOUR KIDS #TMWYK

I taught my oldest son who is 8 how to play cribbage. He has seen me play chinese cribbage and asked me about it. I like this. Lots of math. Here is his scorecard from the summer.

Here is a video of him playing it. I encourage you to watch this.

My youngest son watched us play for quite a while. He invented his own game called Big Hands.
A ton of beauty in both these videos. Here is my youngest explaining Big Hands. All I can say about this game is that I have watched him play it on multiple occasions and he plays it exactly the same way every time.

If you have young kids I encourage you to get them playing cards.