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Enjoy playing the card game of "Snap!" with your child. It will teach your child to concentrate and notice when a matching card comes up. Here's how to play it.
The cards are handed out - the same number of cards for each person playing - until all the cards are handed out. Nobody looks at their cards. Everybody take turns to place a card down, only turning it over at the very last minute. That way everybody sees what the card is at the same time.
When a matching pair is spotted, everybody shouts out the word "snap". The person who shouts it first wins the whole pile of cards, and the person who has all the cards at the end is the winner.
Watch this Youtube video from About.com which shows you how to play the game.
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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