A unique and fun math card game that tests your quick thinking and quicker reflexes!
A Christmas themed card game for ages 6 and up.
***It is recommended that you print on thick card stock.***
Game overview and how-to-play:
Gimme Five! is a 3-8 player card game in which pattern recognition and quick reflexes are important, but the game also has a mathematical element involved. Each card in Gimme Five! differs by Christmas picture type (1 of 8 types) and quantity (ranging from 1 to 5) that is displayed, though there are some repeated cards. Players place cards face-up from their own decks onto their discard piles, and compete to be the fastest to ring the bell if a sum of exactly 5 of the same picture is obtained from the top-most cards of the players’ discard piles. The player who rings the bell first collects all the discarded cards, and the person who is able to collect all the cards in the game is declared the eventual winner.
How To Play:
The deck of 74 cards is shuffled and dealt equally among the players who hold their piles face-down without having looked at the cards in them. They take turns to flip the top-most card over and place it in front of them. Successive cards are placed on top of their previously discarded cards to form personalized discard piles, with only the top-most cards being visible. If there is a total of 5 of the same type of fall picture displayed on the recently-discarded cards, players will attempt to ring the bell as quickly as they can—the fastest player to do so gets to collect all the discarded cards. However, the ringing player has to give a card each from his face-down pile to the other players as a penalty, in the event that the bell is wrongly rung. If a valid ring is made, the ringing player collects all the cards and places them at the bottom of his or her deck. He or she then places a new card from the top of his or her deck to signal the start of a new round. This continues until 2 players are left in the game. Here, the 2 remaining players can choose to continue play until one of them has won all the cards. An alternative (and much quicker) ending would be to conclude the game once a player has won the discard piles which are on the table at the time when the 3rd last player (assuming a multi-player round) is eliminated. Once the discarded piles are won and collected, the player with the larger deck of cards in hand wins the game.