Play Plan

Play Plan : I See 10

General Information

  • Card deck: Children’s cards or standard cards (as per the child’s play level)
  • Prerequisites: Counting, number recognition, card game 0, card identification
  • Play arena: Standard
  • Number of players: 4

Game Overview and Basic Rules for Play

There are 2 variants of the game. In the first version, the objective of the game is to be the first to finish the cards in your hand. The players are dealt 6 cards each, with the left over cards forming the draw pile. Each person then takes turns to open up one card from the draw pile and place it face up for all to see. All the players who have cards that, when paired with the card, add up to 10, can play their cards. The game continues until 1 player wins the game by finishing the cards in his hand.

In the second variant, the objective is to be able to make 3 pairs that add up to 10. Players are dealt 6 cards each. The remaining cards form the draw pile. One card is opened up to form the discard pile. The first player can take the face up card or one from the pile, and discard one card from their hand instead. The players take turns until one player wins the game by placing all their cards in pairs on the table.

Play Session Plans:

Session 1:

  • Before the session: Remove all the 10s from the card packs and make sure the play arena is kept at hand. Now you are ready for the session.
  • In the first session, play the first variant of the game (as detailed above).
  • Explain to the children that the aim of the game is to finish all the cards in their hands.
  • Also explain that the game is all about making pairs (2 cards) that add up to 10. Ask them for some examples.
  • Now ask one of the children to distribute 5 cards to each player.
  • After distributing, the rest of the cards should be placed in the draw slot.
  • Ask another child to open up a card from the draw slot and place it in the discard slot.
  • Encourage the children to read out each card they discard.
  • Now, all the children should compare the cards in their hand to the card in the discard slot to see if they add up to 10.
  • Each child can play any card in their hand, which, when added with the card lying face up, makes 10. For example, if the card in the center is a 7, children can play any 3s in their hand, if the card is a 6, they can play a 4, etc.
  • Since this is their first addition game, some children might have difficulties in making the pairs.
  • Help those who are struggling with this. Encourage those who are struggling to count on their fingers.
  • The first child to finish his/her cards wins the game.
  • Play a few more rounds of the game.

Session 2:

  • Before the session: Remove all the 10s from the card packs and make sure the play arena is kept at hand. Now you are ready for the session.
  • Ask the children if they remember the game.
  • When you think the children are clear about the rules, start playing. This time sit back and only help where absolutely necessary. Let the children figure out on their own.
  • After 2 rounds of play, start playing the second variant of the game, which is more challenging.
  • Tell the children that, this time, instead of discarding all their cards, they will be holding the pairs that add up to 10, and discarding those that don’t.
  • Ask one of the children to deal 6 cards to each player.
  • After distributing, the rest of the cards should be placed in the draw slot.
  • Ask another child to open up a card from the draw slot and place it in the discard slot.
  • The player sitting on the right of the player who opened up the card, should now check the cards they have, to see if it will be useful to them. Eg; if the card on top of the discard pile is a 3, the child should check if they have a 7 in their cards. If the card is useful, they can pick it up and add it to their cards. As they do so, they should also discard a card onto the discard pile.
  • If they do not find the card on top of the discard pile useful, they can draw a card from the draw slot and check if they need it. If they do, they can pick it up and discard a card from their hand instead, and if they don’t they can drop it in the discard slot and forfeit their turn.
  • The players take turns until one player wins the game by placing all their cards in pairs on the table.
  • Make sure the children are able to add up their cards properly. Help those who are not being able to do so, but make sure that you are not adding up their cards for them.
  • Play some more rounds of the game, while ensuring that you are more of an observer than a teacher.