⚜ Mardi Gras is right around the corner! Have some fun while teaching about this unique holiday that fascinates kids of all ages. This game will positively reinforce your students during group skill practice or speech and language therapy! If working one-on-one with the student, YOU should be the "other" player.
Just print, cut and use! I recommend printing on card stock and laminating for longevity.
⚜ABOUT THIS PRODUCT:
This game is for 2 or more players and is played like Old Maid. The object of the game is to gather pairs without getting stuck with the king cake baby! WHY don’t you want to get stuck with the king cake baby? Well, during the Mardi Gras season, tens of thousands of delicious, colorful king cakes are eaten, but whoever find the small, plastic baby hidden inside each one must buy the next king cake to share. No one wants to get stuck with the baby!! I love to use these to monitor carryover of articulation and fluency enhancing skills into conversational speech (because a child’s natural and “true” speech is revealed when he or she is wrapped up in a fun activity, just being a kid). It’s also a lifesaver for mixed groups because this activity is designed to address language skills.
First review and discuss the Mardi Gras vocabulary with your students so they can relate to the playing cards.Deal all of the cards out to the players. To prevent being able to “see through” the cards after they are printed, I recommend printing on cardstock or “backing’ them with colored paper. Once all cards are dealt, players should look through their cards and discard the pairs. Players should NOT let other players see what their cards are. I require my students to make sentences with their pairs or describe them (as stated previously, I use this to address language in addition to monitoring carryover for my articulation and fluency students). For play, players take turns picking a card from any another player’s deck without seeing it. They must add it to their hand. If it makes a pair, they discard the pair (and describe it or make 1 or more sentences about it). Then the next player picks a card from another player and so on. Once a player pairs up and discards all of his/her cards, they are safe and out of the game. Eventually all cards will be discarded except THE BABY. The person left holding the baby loses the game. Use the vocabulary cards on Page 5 to teach all about Mardi Gras!
⚜These cards are also great for playing memory or Go Fish; just remember to remove the baby from the deck.
Happy Mardi Gras! ⚜⚜⚜
If you need more Mardi Gras resouces, this Louisiana girl has got you covered! Check out all of my Mardi Gras activites HERE
Need more activites for mixed groups? You can find those HERE!