How to Play Candy Canes
To begin a game of Candy Canes you will need this set of 64 fact family cards and the same number of candy canes as players, minus one. For example, if there are five players, then there should be four candy canes. You can use real candy canes, or you can print out and use the large ones included in this printable.
The dealer fans out the candy canes in the center of the playing area so that they can be easily reached by all of the players. Next the dealer gives four cards to each of the players and places the remainder of the deck face down.
The game begins with dealer pulling the top card from the pile. S/he decides if s/he needs it to complete his/her fact family. If they do not need it, they will pass that card to the player on their right. If they DO need it, they will place that card in their hand and pass another from their hand to the player on their right. This continues around the table until the player at the left of the dealer decides which card to keep or discard, and then places this in the discard pile. Should the players go through the deck before the game ends, the discard pile is turned over and used instead.
The object is to collect an entire fact family. Once a player collects all four fact family cards they grab (discreetly!) a candy cane from the center. Only a player with an entire fact family can be the first to take a candy cane, but then everyone else must make a mad dash to claim a candy cane of their own. Remember that there is one less cane than the number of players, which means one person will not get a candy cane. That player is out. Play continues until only one candy cane and two players remain. The player to collect a fact family and grab the last candy cane is the winner!
**This game is played just like the game Spoons!**
Original artwork by Kate Hadfield - www.katehadfielddesigns.com
Fact Family, Fact Families, Candy Cane, Christmas, Math