The aim of this colour snap game is to teach the recognition of basic colours with the help of the written words if the identification of colours is difficult for the students. The colour words have been positioned on four sides of the cards so that the words can be read from all sides of the table..
This resource can be used by small groups of English as an Additional Language students 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 Primary 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 colour. Nursery 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 colour words are unknown as other players are allowed to provide the colour name. Hearing the repetition of the colour 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 appropriate spelling of grey/gray.
Instructions for playing the game.
Deal out the cards to the players.
Players place their piles 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 colour.
The players take turns to place cards on top of the pile, remembering to name the colour. Other players can help if the player doesn’t know the name of the colour.
If two of the same colour of cards is placed on the table, the person placing the cards 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 continues playing the game.
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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