Activity: Capital Concentration


Ages:              6-8, 9-12                     What you'll need:       10 1-index cards, 3" x 5"
Location:       Indoors                                                                   Colored marker
Skills:              Thinking, social                                                      Envelope or  zip lock bag
Source:           Familyplay

This version of the classic childhood card game, Concentration, is educational and fun. Children can learn the names of the states and their capitals, but with a little reworking this version can also be used to teach definitions, dates and events, and other common facts.

What to do:
1. Print the name of a state or capital on each index card.
2. Print the name of the game and directions for play on the last index card.
3. Store all cards in the envelope or zip lock bag.

  Rules of play:
1. One, two, or three students may play.
2. Players mix up the cards and lay them all face down.
3. The first player turns over two cards. If they match, the player keeps them and gets another turn. If they do not match, the player returns them to the same positions, face down.
4. Play continues to the left. Each player turns over two cards, one at a time, trying to match pairs.
5. When all cards have been matched, the player with the most pairs wins.

Other uses:
1. Start playing this game with only 10 or 15 pair of cards, then increase gradually to all 50 states and capitals.
2. Play concentration with cards prepared with number facts, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, science facts, dates and events, or any other set of questions and answers.

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