Alphabetical Order War Card Game

Card games for kids are an amazing way to teach a host of concepts while also hitting the all-important social skills/game etiquette. The Alphabetical Order War Card Game provides multiple ways to learn how to alphabetize words (up to three letters)! Students will enjoy learning the alphabetical order rules with this engaging and slightly competitive “War” card game. They must work together to decide whose card comes first in alphabetical order as they try to win all the cards.

alphabetical order card game

12 Unique sets of word cards with varying skill levels:

  • Alphabetizing to the first letter
  • Alphabetizing to the second letter
  • Alphabetizing to the third letter

This word card game for kids provides many opportunities for students to practice without using the same words every time. Since your kids will be begging to play this card game, their motivation for learning how to put a list of words in alphabetical order will soar!

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Benefits of Playing Fun Card Games With Kids

Board games and card games are wonderful ways for children to learn a variety of concepts, from math to literacy! But they also have the added bonus of teaching important social skills, like taking turns, losing and winning with grace, and following game rules.

Here are a few of the benefits received by playing games with kids:

  • Early learning skills, like counting, letters and numbers, player to the left or right, etc.
  • Strategic thinking
  • Enhances language and vocabulary
  • Increases attention span and focus
  • Offers solution to anxiety or boredom
  • Teaches the value of teamwork
  • Gets kids off of screens

Materials Needed For Alphabetical Order War Card Game:

Card Stock
Laminating Pouches (Optional)

I suggest printing on card stock so that that the players are not able to see through the cards. 

alphabetical order printable

Set three utilizes common word groups such as: CVC, colors, numbers, family, Dolch Pre-Primer Sight words and more.

alphabetical order set six

The cards in this deck feature words that are easy for new readers, so they are not distracted from the concept of alphabetizing while they try to figure out how to decode each word.

alphabetical order game set seven

How do you play the card game “War”?

The Alphabetical Order card game is played following the traditional “War” card game rules. Players divide the deck evenly and place their pile of cards face down in front of them. Then, they both flip over a card at the same time. The player with the higher card gets to keep both cards. The goal of the card game, “War,” is to be the player that collects the most cards.

To play the alphabetical order game, slight modifications include the number of cards each player gets (26 cards in the playing card version), and instead of the player with the higher card winning the hand, it’s the player with the word card that comes first in ABC order.

Playing Alphabetical Order Game of “War”

  • Pass out all of the cards giving the same number of cards to each player
  • Place cards on the table face down in a stack
  • Players each turn over the top card in their pile at the same time
  • Player with the word that comes FIRST in alphabetical order takes both cards and adds them to the remaining cards at the bottom of their pile
  • In case of a tie, each player lays two cards from their hand face down and then turns the third card up. First in alphabetical order wins the war and takes all the cards that were played.
  • Play continues as time allows or one player runs out of cards

I also included a recording sheet where students select ten cards from the set, alphabetize, and record. You may want to provide an alphabetical order example first.

I like to show students how to play the war card game during small groups, then they can later work at a literacy center independently or play with a partner.

Get The Alphabetical Order War Card Game

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