Get ready for a fast-paced, super-fun game! Snap is all about mental reaction time, and one of the few games in which luck plays no part at all.
The dealer deals out the whole deck of cards face-down, one card at a time to each player, in a clockwise rotation. It doesn’t matter if some players get more cards than others. What does matter, however, is that you don’t look at the cards you get.
Each player, starting with the player to the left of the dealer, takes a turn flipping over the top card of his pile and putting it face-up ina central pile of cards.
The flipping process continues until one player turns over a card of the same rank as the top card on another player’s pile. As soon as the matching card is revealed, the first person to call out “Snap!” takes the central pile of cards and puts them face down under his own pile.
The player who ends up with all the cards wins the game. It's a very simple but fun game for visual discrimination, quick-thinking and reflexes.
Use it as a memory game too!
These snap cards can also be used as a fun memory or concentration game. For children aged 3-5, choose 5-8 pairs of cards. Shuffle them and place all cards face down in a square or rectangular layout. Players take turns to turn over two cards and look at them. If they get a match, they keep the pair and have another turn. If they don't get a match, they turn them back face down and it's the next players turn. When all the cards are gone, the players with the most pairs, wins.
For older children, use 10 more or more pairs of cards for a more challenging game.