Concentration is a card game where all of the cards are shuffled and are laid face down on a surface in orderly rows and columns, like so:
All of the cards must have a mate (pairs).
Each turn, two cards are flipped over. If the cards do not match, they are both turned back face down. If the cards match, they are left face up and the person who made the match receives a point.
With a regular deck of cards, the pair is considered the card with the same color and number (so the ace of hearts matches the ace of diamonds).
Concentration can be played with regular playing cards or with special themed cards. It can be played by 1, 2, 3 or 4 people. More than 4 people can be divided into teams.
It's a terrific game for young children to play and can be done with educational sets of cards (flash cards and the like).
Spaghetti works the same as concentration, but the cards are not placed in an orderly fashion. They are simply scattered on the floor randomly. The random pattern makes the game much more challenging.
With 2 or more children, give each children their own concentration grid with the identical number of cards. Say, "on your mark, get set, go". Rather than taking turns, the kids all try to complete their own grid as quickly as possible. The person who finishes first wins. (You'll need referees to ensure the children are properly matching cards instead of just flipping them all over *grin*).
If you are playing during holidays, you can challenge family members of different abilities by giving young children fewer cards (10), teenagers a medium number (20) and adults the most (30).
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