Go Fish

Ages: 3 years old and up
Number of Players: 2 or more players
Materials: Deck of Cards
Skill Practice: Number Recognition

Goal: To make as many matches as possible

Set up:

  1. Dealer passes out 5 cards to each player
  2. The remaining cards are placed in the center of the table and are used as the pool or draw pile.  

Rules for play:

  1. The players need to select a player to begin.  Often the youngest player goes first.
  2. The player whose turn it is selects a card from their hand and then chooses one of a player to ask if they have a card that matches that number.  For example, the player looks at their hand and sees a 7.  That player asks the other player, “ do you have a 7?”
  3. If the player who received the question has the card, the card is given to the player asking.  The asking player takes another turn.  The turns continue until the player does not receive a card from another player and has to “go fish”.
  4. If the player who received the question does not have the card, that player tells the asking player to “go fish.” The player then draws a card from the draw pile and their turn is completed.
  5. Play continues until all the cards have been matched.
  6. The player with the most matches wins the game.