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Games for 3 - 5yrs SNAP!

Another easy to carry item is a pack of picture cards for snap. Again this can be used at the airport / on a train / boat /plane. For older children you can play with a normal deck.

For young children, help them, have a deck of picture cards, ask them questions about the faces or pictures on the cards and when they are 2 the same point it out to them so they can say “SNAP” and get the cards.

It is important to try to teach children in a fun way. However as they get older it is amazing how competitive they can become!


The rules are as follows:


The aim is to win all the cards!

To start, nominate a dealer who shuffles the deck and deals out the cards one to each person in turn. If playing with more than 2 people, some will have one card more than others.

Each player places his cards, face down, in a pile in front of him.


The game:

The player to the left of the dealer goes first. Play then moves clockwise.

On his turn, each player turns over the top card from his face-down pile. When someone turns over a card that matches a card already face up on another player's pile, players race to be the first to call "Snap!” The player who calls "Snap!" first wins both piles and adds them to the bottom of his face-down pile.

When moving a card from his face-down pile to his face-up pile, each player should do so by turning the card away from himself. This ensures that the player does not see the card before his opponents have a chance to do the same. (The player should also turn the card quickly, so that he's not giving himself a disadvantage.)

If two players call "Snap!" at the same time, the two piles are placed in the center of the table and combined into a face-up Snap Pot with one of the two matching cards on top. Play then continues where it left off.

When someone turns over a card that matches the card on top of the Snap Pot, players race to be the first to call "Snap Pot!". The player who calls "Snap Pot!" first wins the Snap Pot and the matching pile. If there's another tie, the matching pile is added to the Snap Pot.

Eliminating Ties

If you find that your games of Snap tend to have a lot of ties, consider putting something in the middle of the table that players must put their hand on top of instead of calling "Snap!". (An index card with "Snap!" written on it would work just fine.) The first player to put their hand on top of the index card wins the cards.

Making a Mistake

When a player calls "Snap!" or "Snap Pot!" at the wrong time, or puts his hand on top of the index card at the wrong time, he must give his top card to the player who just played. If a player makes a mistake on his own turn, he must give his top card to the player on his right.


Play continues until one player wins all of the cards. That player wins the game.

NOTE: It's possible that some cards will remain in the Snap Pot when all the other cards have been claimed. If this happens, the winner is the player who wins all the cards not stuck in the Snap Pot.

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