I typically use this game with my kindergarten/first grade students, but may be used with 2nd and 3rd graders as well.
This UNO game does not contain numbers as the traditional UNO game does. Rather, this version of the game only contains colors and sight words. This helps to keep the game simpler for younger students and keeps the focus solely on sight word identification.
Rules for the game are as follows:
1. Shuffle the cards. Each player receives 7 cards to begin with. Place the remaining cards face down in a pile on the table.
2. Player 1 flips the first card on the pile over to reveal a sight word and a color. Player 1 reads the word on the card. Then, he/she may play a card from his/her hand that is the same color OR that contains the same sight word.
3. If Player 1 cannot play a card from his/her hand, Player 1 must select a card from the deck.
4. Play continues in this fashion with Player 2.
5. If a Santa/Penguin card is selected (this is WILD), the player that selects the Santa/Penguin card may play it at any time. When a player uses this card, he/she may change the color of the cards being played at that time. (You do not play with BOTH the Santa and the Penguin cards…you can choose which to use as WILD for your game.)
6. The first player to get rid of all of his/her cards is the winner!