Snap is a simple, yet classic card game that your child will enjoy. The game teaches your child to match pairs and, depending on the deck, can help your child recognize numbers or other objects featured on the cards.
Objective of the game – To be the last player left in the game.
Number of players – Two or more.
How you play
There are lots of variations of the Snap card game. Here’s one that is ideal to play with young children.
- Shuffle the cards and deal them all out to the players. Each player puts their pile of cards face down in front of them.
- Taking turns each player takes the card from the top of their pile and places it face up on a new pile, in the middle.
- If the card placed on the middle pile matches the card immediately below it, the first person to call ‘snap’ wins the whole middle pile, and adds it to the bottom of their own draw pile.
- This person turns over their next card to restart the game.
- Players that run out of cards are out of the game.
- The last player left is the winner!
Educational Benefits of Snap
- Matching – The game teaches your child how to match pairs (called visual discrimination). The ability to see differences in similar objects is an essential skills for learning to recognize letters, numbers and shapes.
- Recognition – Whether you use a regular deck of cards or picture cards, your child will learn to recognize numbers, pictures and shapes as they look for identical pairs to ‘snap’!
Variations to the game
- Deal fewer cards to younger children or those new to the game.
- Use individual discard piles if you have more time, so when you finish your draw pile, you can flip your discard pile over and continue playing.
- Add mathematics to your game play when you use a standard deck. You can call snap when consecutive numbers appear, when two numbers appear that add to ten, or any other twist.
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