When entertaining children, one doesn’t need a lot of money or expensive toys. A simple deck of cards, normally purchased for under one dollar, can provide hours of entertainment for young people as well as adults.
One game that is relatively easy to play is both entertaining and challenging. This game, called “Match” is not a game of poker skills, but a game that tests memory skills.
All 52 cards in the deck are laid out on a table or floor face down. The cards are normally placed in five rows, with 10 cards in each row, and two remaining cards at the bottom or top. It is important during the game that the rows remain in tact.
Each player then takes a turn turning over two cards on the board. The cards are left, turned over, so that everyone can see them. The objective of the game is to match two cards. If a person successfully matches two cards, for example turns up two Kings, he or she gets those two cards and can continue playing until they do not get a match. The cards that are turned up are then turned face down in their original place.
The players then test their memory as to where those particular cards are located. It usually takes one or two rounds before the game gets going as people do not normally “match” cards right away. This card game is similar to a 1970s game show, “Match Game” in which the same concept prevails.
Match continues to be played until all of the cards in the deck have been won. It is important that, during this game, the cards that need to be turned back over remain in their same place, so as to reward those with a detailed memory who can then locate the card when it is their turn to match.
For example, if a person during their turn turns up a King and a two, the cards do not match so they are turned over. Another person will most likely pick a different card to start and may turn up a King or a two. It is important for that person, in this case, to remember where the first King or two is located on the board. If he or she can remember where the card is, they can get a match and continue to play the game.
The game of Match ends when all of the cards have been won by individual players. Players then proceed to count the cards they have won and the person with the most cards wins the game.
Match game is an excellent game for children older than six. In addition, it is a fine game for older people who want to keep their short term memory intact. The game tests the short term memory skills and medical professionals believe that keeping the short term memory sharp is one way to stave off Alzheimer’s Disease .
This card game can also be played alone. A person who wants to continue to use their short term memory skills can even use a kitchen timer and attempt to make as many matches within a certain period of time. Match game is an excellent card game that can entertain just about anyone for a relatively long period of time.