Find A Match! Teen Numbers (10-20) help children learn number recognition, counting, & one-to-one correspondence while having fun playing an animal memory game.
Object of the Game:
To find all the matching pairs of cards.
Number of Players:
Place all cards facing downwards with the blue dinosaur facing up. Before the game begins, players choose whether they want a player to get an additional turn if s/he makes a pair. If players choose to play this way, it could lead to a very lopsided game if one player is more skilled than the other.
How to Play:
The first player selects two cards and flips them over. The player says the numbers that are represented on the two cards aloud. If the numbers are the same s/he gets to keep the matching pair. When all the cards have been matched, the game is over. Time to count - the player with the most matches wins!
The teen numbers are challenging for youngsters to master because their names are unique. Most numbers in our language start with the sound of the first numeral, e.g., 51, 37, 64, but this is not the case for the teen numbers. It often takes considerable practice for children to master this skill. Our goal is to have children enjoy the learning process by turning this practice into a game.
It is best to have an adult supervise if this game is challenging for a child. An easier version is to have the child keep the cards face up once they have been chosen. If the child is just starting to learn her/his numbers, then it may be best to use only numbers 11, 12, and 13 to start (6 cards), with a maximum of two players, waiting until s/he has mastered those numbers before adding more cards. For mastery the child should be able to identify the numeral (written number) and count using one-to-one correspondence (point to the dots or characters as counting). The written word is simply there for exposure and/or an extension for children who have already mastered the other information on the cards.
*Don’t get rid of these cards! There are many games you can play with them.
*Mix up the cards and time the child to see how fast s/he can sequence both sets.
*Flip over two cards and have the child tell you which is more/less, larger/smaller... *You can also make greater than and less than signs on an index card and have the child put the correct sign between the two cards.
*Flip over two cards and have the child tell you the sum or difference.
*Be creative and think up your own game using these cards.
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