Don’t you just love a good educational game? Anything I can do to add a fun and lighthearted element to our learning is totally up my alley.
Over the past few years I’ve created card games to use in our homeschool lessons. And I already have a few ideas for new ones to accompany my next year’s curriculum. It is much easier than you think to make your own personalized card games for homeschool. You probably already have the supplies you need:
Steps to Creating Your Own Card Games for Homeschool
First, think about your theme. What are you trying to teach or reinforce or practice with the game? It may be spelling, science facts, grammar rules, or any number of fact based topics. Your topic may be as simple as shapes or as advanced as forms of government as in Civitas card game.
Next choose the action of the play. This is basically how one would win the game. It may be gaining the most cards, making the most matches, or playing all of your hand. During this step, you will consider the rules of what can the players can and cannot do. Keep it simple and fun! Make sure you write down your rules so they can easily be referenced. It’s easiest to model after a card game you already play such as Go Fish or Uno.
Next, design your cards! You can find some cute clipart on mycutegraphics.com or design the artwork yourself in a word processing software. An even better option is to have your kids draw the art and write the text. By creating the game, they are learning the facts in yet another way!
Finally, test the game with a trial run. Tweak the rules or the cards as necessary.
An Example of a Valentine’s Day Memory Game
My kids and I love the game Memory because no matter how many times you play it over and over, it’s always super fun! I love making memory card games for my kids. Plus, for younger kids playing Memory is a great way to help their little brains get a workout. Memory is also a great way to improve concentration and train their visual memory!
I made them this Valentine’s Day themed memory game, but we use these cards all the time even when it’s not Valentine’s Day.
- On your turn, you cannot keep flipping the cards until you find a matching pair.
- You can only flip three cards on your turn.
- The first card you flip determines the match you are looking for. This means that if card two and three are a match, you cannot claim it. But if card one and two, or one and three are a match, you can.
Should card two and three be a match and you want to claim it, you can. But in doing so, you forfeit your next turn.
Player who has the most pairs at the end wins.
How to bring your design to life
I make our designs in Word. I create two rectangular shapes side by side and a dotted line guide around them for cutting. And then I make pairs of identical cards.
As you can see, it’s not terribly hard to make up your own game and have a blast with your kids. You can do this with any theme or subject you would like! Have you ever made up a card game for your kids to play?