Children will practice their observational skills and reinforce their familiarity with
different types of fish while creating their own card game.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Colored pencils or fine-point markers
- Index cards
- Books or magazines with pictures or illustrations of fish
WHAT TO DO
- Tell children that they are going to play a card game called Shark Surprise!, but
first they must make the cards.
- Divide the class into groups of four. Tell children to look through the books or
magazines and choose a fish they would like to draw. Then have them draw that
fish on two index cards. Explain to children that they are making a matching pair of
cards so the pictures on the cards should match as closely as possible. Then have
them carefully label their pictures. Have each group collect their cards into a deck.
- Now have each child in the group draw a shark on one index card and label it. Let
each group choose one of the shark cards to insert into the deck. (They can set aside
the other shark cards for the next few games.)
- Tell children they are ready to play Shark Surprise! Explain that the idea of the
game is to collect as many pairs as possible and not get caught holding the shark
card. Encourage children to be careful not to let others know if they hold the shark
card. Choose one child in each group to be the dealer. After they have shuffled the
cards, have the dealers deal out all the cards face down. Tell children to look at their
cards carefully, find any matching pairs and read aloud the name of the fish on
those pairs before setting them aside. Then have the child to the left of the dealer in
each group begin play by drawing a card from the player on his or her left. If the
player draws a matching card, he or she must read aloud the name of the fish on the
card, and set aside the pair. Play continues to the left. The game ends when all the
pairs are "caught" and someone is left holding the shark card.
- Have children replace the shark card with another shark card, shuffle the deck,
and play again.
- You may want to have children work with partners to create the matching pairs of
- For longer games, you can have children make additional pairs of fish cards to add
to each deck.
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