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Garbage: The Counting Game

Fun Number Game

Garbage is a fun game my five-year-old son learned at school and helped teach his sister. It is a fun way to reinforce the numbers 1 through 10 and help practice number recognition. I have also created a short video below to help demonstrate it.

What You Need:

  • 1 pack of playing cards
  • 1 eager player


Ace = 1
2-10 = the number on the card
Jack/Queen/King/Joker = Garbage
10 cards will always be in front of the player
You will need 1 draw pile and 1 discard “Garbage” pile


Set up 10 cards face down in front of the player. All extra cards become the draw pile.

Draw one card from the Draw Pile. If the card is 1 through 10, place the card in it’s specific number spot and then pick up that card and place it in it’s number spot until a card is needed to go to the Garbage; then a new card is drawn. If at any time a Jack, Queen, King, or Joker is drawn, or any other number that has already been placed, it goes into the Garbage pile.

For example, if a 2 is drawn, pick up the second card of the 10 cards face down. The 2 card takes its place face up. Then the card in the 2s spot is picked up and becomes the next card to be placed in its specific place. If the card is a number that already has a card face up in its appropriate number spot, it will go to the discard pile and a new card is drawn from the draw pile. Continue on until all 10 cards have been turned.

Once all 10 cards are turned, the game is won!

Here is our short demonstration video. It should give you a good start.