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Make it fun to build counting skills as you match cards from each other and the fishing hole.
Aim: To use all the cards in your hand to make “books”. Four matching cards make a book. For an easier game, collect two matching cards instead of four.
Additional ways to play
Silly Shark Old Maid. Take out one of the Silly Shark cards, the other Silly Shark will be the Old Maid. Try to make the most pairs and try not the be left with the Silly Shark. Shuffle and deal all of the cards to the players. Players start by placing any pairs in their hands down in front of them. The player on the dealer's left goes first by picking one card from another player's hand without looking. If the card makes a pair with one already in the player's hand, the pair can be laid down. If the card chosen does not make a pair, the card goes into the player's hand. Play continues to the left, until all the pairs have been made and one player is left holding the Silly Shark. Determine the winner by scoring one point for each pair and taking two points away from the person with the Silly Shark.
Memory Matching. Remove the Silly Shark Cards from the deck before playing this game. Decide if you wish to take out two of each number card so that only one pair of each is left in the deck. Try to collect as many pairs as you can. Shuffle the cards and lay them face down in a rectangular pattern. The youngest player goes first and turns over any tow cards. If the cards turned over match, the player picks them up and keeps them, and takes another turn. If the cards don't match, the player turns them face down in their original positions and the player's turn is finished. The next player turns over any card. If it matches a card already seen, he or she tries to remember where it was to turn it over and make a match, the proceeds as noted above. Players take turns turning over cards and trying to make pairs. A turn lasts as long as a player can continue to make pairs. When all the cards have been picked up, the game is over. The player with the most pairs is the winner.