Jennifer is an elementary school teacher on leave to work full-time on her master's degree in educational technology. She worked as a computer lab teacher for six years. She has a husband and two girls ages 5 and 8. She enjoys playing softball competitively.
Instructional Objective The child will be able to match the appropriate color cards to form a color mix.
1. Each player places their three COLOR MIX cards in front of them face up - Orange, Green, and Purple.
2. The Paint cards necessary to make the mixed colors are shuffled and placed face down in front of the players. They are arranged in symmetrical rows, forming the MEMORY pile.
3. The first player turns over one card in the MEMORY pile and reveals the paint color. The player then tries to match the Paint card with another card in the MEMORY pile to form a needed COLOR MIX
For example: Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Blue = Purple
4. When a Color Mix has been matched, the player collects the matched cards from the Memory pile and places them on top of the Color Mix card in front of them. That player keeps taking turns until they miss. A miss is two Paint cards that do not form a Color Mix that the player needs.
5. If no match is made, then the player turns back over the unmatched Paint cards in the same place in the Memory pile.
6. The next player to the left then takes a turn and reveals two Paint cards in the Memory pile by turning them face up.
7. When one player has collected the proper Paint colors to form all three Color Mixes, they win the game.
Sample Card Layout:
Ideally, wouldn't it be great if the middle of the Paint cards was a transparency of that color which when placed over another Paint card transparency would reveal the mixed color.
Deck Design Each player requires: Three COLOR MIX cards (Orange, Green, Purple), and six PAINT cards for the memory pile (2 Reds, 2 Yellows, 2 Blues).
The deck contains enough COLOR MIX and PAINT cards for four players:
Designing the card game involved alteration of its makeup from a "go fish" type to the final memory format. The potential number of color mixes to be used was also an evolving process (Red + White = Pink was thrown out but could be reinserted into the game at any time along with Tan, Black, Brown, etc.). I consider the end result of color mixes a doable amount for 5 to 6 year olds.