Jungle Gin

by Dawn E. Waterman

Dawn is a sales representative for Russell Stover Candies. She enjoys mountain biking, running, and golf.

Instructional Objective The learner shall be able to identify plants according to classification and location on nursery grounds.

Learners/Context The learners are Spanish-speaking workers that are employed at a wholesale nursery farm. The learners have limited knowledge of horticulture and rely on the bilingual supervisor for instruction. The learners job description involves filling plant orders and loading them onto the truck to be transported out. At the time of hire, workers are given a manual of the nursery plants and their location on the farm.

This card game will be used by the nurserymen on the break tables located on the farm. Supervisors will monitor each participant's play to ensure accurate responses were being given. When a supervisor is not available, a list of all plants and locations is provided. This game will be used as remedial practice.

Rationale The material that is used will provide the learners with pictures and names of specific plants located on the farm. The challenge allows the learner to combine his visual identification of a plant and his knowledge of its location. The use of a card game initiates group participation and mastery of subject matter in a unique way.

Rules The game is played in the following manner:

1. Jungle Gin is designed for 2 to 4 players. The game cards represent individual plants. These plants grow in specific locations on the farm. The 5 different locations define the suits.

2. Each player is dealt 7 cards from the dealer staring from his left. Once all players have their cards, the remaining deck is placed face down with the top card turned face up next to the remaining pile.

3. Starting with the dealer, proceeding clockwise, each player is to either pick up the facing card or choose one that is facing down in the remaining pile. Once a card is chosen, the player has thirty seconds to decide if the new card is to be kept or discarded face up on the pile next to the remaining stack. If the new card is kept, the player must discard one of his other cards. A player is to always have exactly 7 cards in his hand at the completion of his turn. If the remaining card stack is completed, simply turn over discarded pile with the top card turned face up.

4. Once a player's turn is completed, the next player follows the same pattern. This process continues until the first player has successfully collected 4 cards from one suit and 3 cards from a different suit.

Spanish Rules El juego se juega en la sigiente manera:

1. Jungle Gin este designado para 2 a 4 jugadores. Las cartas representen individuales plantas. Estas plantas crecen en especifica locacciones en el bibidero. Las cinco differentes locacciones definen las bases.

2. A cada jugador se da cartas comensando en la mano esquierda. Cuando todas los jugadores tienen cartas el resto del juego de cartas se pone cara abajo en la mesa y la carta de ariba se pone cara ariba al lado.

3. Comensando con el que das las cartas, cada jugador tiene que escojer la carta cara ariba o una del juego de cara abajo. Cuando lo a escojido, el jugador tiene trienta sequndos a decidir si se va quedar con la nueva carta o si la va regresar al juego de cara ariba. Si se queda con la carta nueva tiene que descartar una de las otras cartas en su mano. El jugador tiene que tener 7 cartas en su mano en completir su turno. Si el juego do cartas se completa, simplemente, volteen el juego de cartas descartadas con la carta de ariba con cara ariba.

4. Cuando el jugador completa su turno, el sigiente jugador siga el mismo forma. Este processo sige hasta que el primer jugador completa 4 cartas de un base y 3 de un base differente.

Deck Design The card deck consists of a total of 56 cards. There are 2 cards for each of the twenty-eight different plants. Each card illustrates a picture of a specific plant and the plant name. The illustration of the plant is located on both the top left corner and bottom right corner of the card. This design provides convenient visibility of the plant while the 7 cards are held by the player. The name of the plant is located in bold letters in the middle of the card.

Card Design

Design Process The design process began with determining the easiest way for Spanish-speaking workers to read the game cards. The original design consisted of one picture of a plant in the middle of the card and the plant name placed above it. While evaluating the game, I decided the more visible the plant was to the player, the more effective the game card would be. This style of card design also makes it easier for the player to concentrate on the objective of the game without the distraction of always looking back through his 7 cards to see which plants he had collected. The color of the cards remained constant to detract from players memorizing the colors of the cards instead of content. The size of the cards had originally been much smaller. My evaluation determined that it was difficult to see the plants, as well as hold all 7 cards comfortably in a player's hand.

In the design process, I found it somewhat difficult to communicate that the 5 different locations on the farm determined the 5 different suits. It was at this point in playing the game that some of the players wanted assistance.

While completing the design process, I also came across other potential games to be used with the same game cards. These include collecting matching cards and plant family grouping.


LOCATION 1 Silk Tree

Willow Mertle

Blue Hibiscus

California Buckeye


Star Pine


LOCATION 2 Aloe Vera

Tree Aloe

Cast-Iron Plant

Kangaroo Paw


LOCATION 3 Geranium

Italian Alder


Orchid Tree


LOCATION 4 Evergreen

Angel's Trumpet

Japanese Boxwood

Weeping Bottlebrush

Golden Bamboo

Vine Hill Manzanita


Dalmation Bellflower

Natal Plum

Feathery Cassia

Carmel Creeper

Bush Anemone

Grecian Patten Plant