Ordinal numbers can be a little bit of a challenge for kids. While seeing them in number format 1st, 2nd, 3rd, can be easier, figuring out first, second and third is a different thing altogether. That’s why I created the Ordinal Numbers Card Game: Slap-It! for each of the different months (Sept.-March have been created so far). The kids can look at objects in a line, dates on a calendar, numerals and words to learn what each of them means.

This ordinal number card game is a great way to practice those tricky numbers! My kids love it and always beg for more!
This ordinal number card game is a great way to practice those tricky numbers! My kids love it and always beg for more!

To prep: For the Slap-It! Game print 2-3 copies of the cards. Use scrapbook paper for extra flair.

To play: 2-4 players (Played just like Slap Jack, but there is a control pile in the center that tells you which cards to Slap!)

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Place the CENTER cards face down in a pile.

Deal the PLAYING cards equally among players. Place them face down in a pile in front of each player.

Decide the first player.

Flip over one of the CENTER cards.

In clockwise order players flip one card at a time. When a PLAYING card is flipped that matches the CENTER card: SLAP-IT!

The first player to slap the card 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.

Game is finished when time is up or one player has all the PLAYING cards.

You can also use these cards for playing Memory. Choose two copies of each card (fewer cards for younger learners) and play like a traditional game of memory.

This ordinal number card game is a great way to practice those tricky numbers! My kids love it and always beg for more!

You can also use the cards and put them in order according to their ordinal numbers or sort all of the different formats according to their ordinal number.

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