The aim of this color snap game is to teach the recognition of basic colors with the help of the written words if the identification of colors is difficult for the students. The color words have been positioned on four sides of the cards so that the words can be read from any angle.
This resource can be used by small groups of English Language Learners and / or native English speakers. The number in the group could be from 2 – 6 players.
The cards are a good size for little hands. The resource is most suitable for Grades 1, 2, or 3 although older students who are new to English would also benefit from playing the game. While placing cards, players must name the color. Kindergarden children could also use the cards for learning colours and the words on the cards would raise awareness of the fact that written words have meaning. Players have opportunities to learn from peers if the color words are unknown as other players are allowed to provide the color name. Hearing the repetition of the color words and producing the words contributes to vocabulary retention. The interaction while playing games allows all learners to hear language used in context.
Photocopy the resource three or four times.
Laminate for durability.
Cut out the cards.
Select the card with the spelling of ‘gray’.
Instructions for playing the game.
Deal out the cards to the players.
Players place their cards face down in a pile in front of themselves.
The player on the left of the dealer takes his/ her top card and places it face up in the centre of the table and names the color.
The players take turns to place cards on top of the pile, remembering to name the color. Other players can help if the player doesn’t know the name of the color.
If two of the same color of card are placed on the pile, the person placing the top card says ‘ snap’ and quickly puts his hand on top of the pile.
He /she takes the pile from the centre of the table, places the cards underneath his /her pile and the game continues.
When one player has no more cards to play, each player counts his/her cards. The winner is the player with the most cards.
Alternatively, a time limit can be put on the length of time the game will last, then all players count their cards. The winner is the player with the most cards.
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This game is also available with U.K. spelling.
A free color snap game is also available with smaller cards and with the UK spelling of grey.
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