Have you tried the Spot It card game? My kids love it. It's a fun and fast-paced matching game with several ways to play. This is a game where kids definitely have the advantage over adults. My brain just doesn't work fast enough to keep up with my kids at this one! Guess what? I found out how to make my own Valentine's day game version, and of course I'm sharing it with you!
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The brilliant minds at Radigan Engineering not only figured out the algorithm behind the game, but they shared the secret so that any adventurous soul (like me) can create their own!
I'm not going to lie. There really is no substitute for the nice store-bought cards with the plastic finish in the original Spot It game. But, it's still fun to change it up with a holiday version, anyway. I highly recommend laminating the printable cards to make them easier to handle quickly.
Before making my own version, every time I played the Spot It game I found myself wondering how in the world it could possibly work. I kept thinking for sure I'd find a card with no matches. It never happened. The game really works. It's crazy. Every card has at least one match with every other card in the deck. It's mind blowing.
Valentine's Day Spot It Style Matching Game
Ready to try this fun Valentine's Day matching game? I know you are! You can print your own by clicking on the download button below (the one with the three colored dots). The printable will open in a new page. You can print from there or save the file to your computer to print later.
How to Play
For a basic version of the game, put the stack of cards on the floor face up in the middle of all players. Each player selects a card and holds it face down. When everyone is ready to begin, players flip their cards over so that the pictures are visible.
All players focus on the top card in the stack. They search for the picture on that card that matches a picture on their card. The first person to find a match names the picture and takes the card from the stack and places it on top of the card in his hand. Players continue to watch the center stack, calling out pictures and taking the top card as they find matches.
When all the cards are gone, the player with the most matches wins.
More Ways to Play
There are many ways to play this game. In fact, if you visit the creator's webpage, families create new ways to play and add them to the site. I linked you to a particularly creative version called, "Spot It Stories."
I don't know that it's fair to the creators of the original game to list all of the ways to play here on my blog. You can check out the demo game on the Blue Orange Games website to try your luck at the computer version. If you're old like me, good luck!
If you really want to learn how to play all the games, I suggest you buy the real thing or google it the directions. You just might find them.
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