This game uses the list of High Frequency words used in the UK in Reception class.
Print 2 sets of the playing cards out directly onto card (or print onto paper and stick onto card before laminating). Laminating the cards makes them last longer, but you don’t have to do this!
Deal 5 cards to each player (7 cards each if there are only 2 players), then place the remaining cards face down in the middle of the circle formed by the players. All the players look at their cards but do not reveal them to each other.
Player A selects one of her cards and reads the word on it out loud, say it says ‘and’. Player A then selects another player and asks them, “Player C, do you have any cards with the word ‘and’. If Player C has a card with that word, they must say “Yes, I have a card with the word ‘and’ on it,” and hand it to Player A, who then gets another turn. If any player struggles with reading or pronouncing a word help as necessary.
If Player C does not have any of the requested card, they can shout, “Go Fish!” Player A must then draw a card from the stack. If the drawn card has the word she was looking for, she shows the card and gets to take another turn. Otherwise, her turn ends, and the child who said “Go Fish” gets the next turn.
If a player collects both cards of a particular word pair, they should put them in a face-up stack in front of themselves. The game continues until someone has no cards left or the face-down stack runs out. The winner is the player with the most pairs of matching cards.
You can play with the whole set, or just choose 10 to 20 pairs of words to play with.