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Animal snap


Animal snap

What to do with this activity?

Recognising patterns, matching pairs, and being able to sort things are all part of maths. Have fun with matching when playing these versions of the game "snap" using animal pictures or names.  

1) The first version is played with a regular deck of cards and is most like the original game of Snap. Think of some animals you and your child know about - the more unusual the better. Choose an animal name for each player - for example "lion".  Play the game as if it were Snap. If you are unsure look here

In animal snap, when you see a matching pair, instead of shouting out "snap", call out the animal name of the player who put down the matching card and say it three times. For instance, if John is a lion, and he put down the matching card, then everybody tries to shout "lion, lion, lion" first. The person who succeeds wins the whole pile of cards. The person who has all the cards at the end is the winner.

2) The second version is an online animal snap game from Literactive. You might need to show your child how to use the computer mouse, or tablet/phone. 

2) Or if you have access to a printer, print out these animal cards from Activity Village to play animal snap or happy families. 



  • Why am I doing this?

    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. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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