This is an easy, fun way to practice counting to 20, as well as listening carefully and paying attention.
Print out the card decks on card stock and cut along the dotted lines. Laminate each deck for durability and long-term use.
How to play:
Ask the players to sit in a circle and pass out all of the cards, except the I am the starting and ending player card!. It is okay if players do not have the same number of cards.
Choose a player to go first and give them the I am the starting and ending player! Card. That player will go first and last.
The starting player begins the game by standing and reading their card aloud. Don’t worry if your students cannot read words yet, as each card follows the same pattern and they will all quickly learn what they should say.
Starting player stands up and reads their card: I have 1. Who has 2?
Player whose card says I have 2 stands up and reads their card: I have 2. Who has 3?
And so on. The game continues until all of the cards are read and will end when the starting player’s number is called. The starting player should read only the I have portion of their card. Students must concentrate and listen carefully to keep the game moving.
This eduprintable has 2 decks, each in color and black and white versions to save ink:
Numbers 1 to 20, in order
Numbers 1 to 20, out of order
Start playing with the deck where the numbers are in order for an easier game and then challenge your students with the deck that is out of order.
Nominate a student or teacher to be the official timekeeper. The timekeeper should use a stopwatch to time how long it takes the group to finish a deck from start to finish and then record the time on the timekeeping sheet included in this resource. Challenge the class to beat their fastest time!
You can download this free eduprintable here:
Numbers 1 to 50, in order
Numbers 1 to 50, out of order