# Shape Card Games

Our deck of shape cards and our set of shape card games helps children practice skills that lead to success in math! When playing shape card games, children pay attention to mathematical attributes, including shape, number, and color. They also practice their executive function skills by taking turns and remembering and matching cards.

There are 60 cards in the shape card deck. The cards have numerals 1-10 on them along with one of six shapes: circle, triangle, square, rhombus, rectangle, or hexagon. There are also four Wild Shapes cards in the deck — these cards have all six shapes printed on them.

Two examples of fun shape card games that children can play are listed here. You can also download your own shape card deck and the directions for more fun games using the links below!

• In SNAP, the deck of shape cards is dealt out evenly to each player. Players take turns turning over their top card and placing it face-up in a central pile. If two cards placed consecutively on the pile match by shape OR number, the first player to shout “SNAP!” and place their hand on top of the central pile gets to keep all of the cards in the pile.
• In Go Fish, children choose whether they are fishing for numbers or for shapes. To start, each player is dealt 5 cards and matches any pairs in their five. Players then take turns asking each other for a card that they need in order to make a pair with a card in their hand. If another player does not have a card for them, they “go fish” by choosing a card from the deck.

#### DIRECTIONS FOR GAMES AT SCHOOL

Classroom directions for shape card games (all game directions in one file)

#### DIRECTIONS FOR GAMES AT HOME

Click on the links below to view, download, and print the directions for individual shape card games!

Match with Numbers

Match with Shapes

Memory Game (with numbers)

Memory Game (with shapes)

Go Fish! (with numbers)

Go Fish! (with shapes)

Top It!

SNAP

Wild Shapes

Color Sort

Shape Sort

Line ‘Em Up

#### GAME MATERIALS: SHAPE CARD DECK PRINTABLES

Deck of shape cards

#### FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: PRESCHOOL MATH LOOK FOR’S

Tracking your child’s developing shape skills