This is a fun game with great high energy “Slap-Jack”-style  for reviewing numbers 0-20. The set is customizable to fit your and your student’s needs. Whether you have a student just learning numbers or your entire class is in need of reviewing, this set is sure to be a winner. This numbers card game slap it is perfect for kindergarten small group settings or partner games for your kindergarten math centers. 

Many teachers have sent me notes letting me know that our Slap It! card games keep their kids engaged and excited about learning! Their kindergarteners love the slap card games for kids so much that they beg to play even after centers and small groups are finished. 

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Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Counting Numbers to 20 Card Game

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter

These number Slap It! Kids Card Games are excellent for partner math centers and math small groups. 

– Life Over C's playing card screenshot for cards showing ten-frames and domino combinations for counting numbers 1-20

Included in this easy card game for kids are numeral, word, ten frame, picture and tally mark cards for every number 0-20. Your kids will soon know it as, “The card game where you slap the deck!”

Extension Ideas for Slap Card Game Rules:

  1. Review for numbers 0-9 or 10 to start. Add other numbers to your Slap It! card game as they are learned.
  2. Print only two card formats as you introduce the game to your kindergarteners. Print one copy of one format and several copies of the other format. For example, use the number cards as your center pile. Print three copies of the word cards to focus on word recognition.
  3. Choose any set as your center pile. The best would be the one with which the student is having most difficulty. Then, they are able to focus on finding formats that they have an easier time recognizing.
  4. As the students become more proficient, you can include all the different sets in the math card game.
  5. Designate a specific type of card, or a specific number, as a wild card. Any player who flips a wild card wins the hand automatically.
  6. Use the number cards as easy number tracing cards where students simply use their fingers.
  7. Use the 0-20 cards in a simple board game where students pick a number and count that many spaces on the board.
– Life Over C's screen shots of 3 playing card sets for numbers 1-20: number words, place value notation, and numeral cards

How do I prepare the Numbers Slap It! Card Game?

Print on card stock and/or laminate the deck of cards. (Card stock or scrapbook paper is recommended because some children will try to see through the cards.)

I recommend a set of 40-44 “Playing” cards for a more thorough review. More copies will create a longer game. Less cards will create a shorter game to play for beginners. Each type of card is a different style for easy sorting.

How To Play the Slap Card Game Numbers 0-20 for Kindergarten:

2-4 players

  • Place the CENTER number cards in the middle of the table face down in a pile.
  • Deal the PLAYING number cards equally among players.
  • Place the cards face down in a pile in front of each player.
  • Decide which player starts.
  • Flip over one of the CENTER cards.
  • In clockwise order players flip one top card at a time.
  • When a PLAYING card is flipped that matches the CENTER card: SLAP-IT! (slap the pile in the center)
  • The first player to slap the card that matches takes the center pile of cards that have been played and adds them to the bottom of their own pile.
  • Flip another CENTER card and continue playing until the center pile runs out of cards. Game is finished when time is up or one player has all the PLAYING cards. The winner is the player with the most cards.
– Life Over C's square image with screen shots of two playing card sets for numbers 1-20 candy jars with candies for numbers 1-8 and rainbow craft stick tally marks for numbers 9-16

What Learning Goals Does The Math Game Slap It! Numbers 0-20 Meet?

This is one of the best card games for kids because it hits upon many important skills. Kindergarteners will learn to count to 20 by ones in a variety of ways: 

  • Numbers
  • Number Words
  • Tally Marks
  • Arrays
  • Subitizing

I also love this number game for kids because they will also build the understanding that a 6=6 no matter what format the number appears in. So six dots on a dice equals the written number word ‘six’. 

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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