One of the coolest new games to come on the momma/teacher scene in a while is “I Have! Who Has?”. This game offers a lot of academic punch and is super simple to make.
Before we get into the game and start making it, let’s talk about why we love this game.
Card games are SOCIAL GOLD. The social skills taught in card games are AMAZING. We are talking turn taking, losing and winning with grace, inviting people to play, teaching new friends the rules…
This game in particular is SPEECH MAGIC. The repetitive call to speak in full but simple sentences is everything our youngest learners need. As you get used to this game your, kiddos will be called to speak quicker and quicker.
It CHALLENGES EVERYONE. For our little ones, this game can be played slowly and as a team. For our bigger kids this game can be all strategy.
It's FUN! Listen, sometimes things like learning letters, colors, shapes... need repetition to be perfected. This game has the repetition without stealing the fun. No flashcard drilling, well at least it won't look or feel that way.
How to play:
The game is simple. The cards are divided up evenly between the players. The first player places a card in the middle of the table stating, “I have A! Who has W?”. Next, the player who has the card starting with “I Have W!” places their card on top of the first card and reads, “I have W! Who has T?”. This continues until one player has used all their cards.
Creating the cards is easy using our blankI Have! Who has? Cards, you will create cards that have an upper “I Have!” section and a lower “Who Has?” sections.
The first step in creating your own game, is picking what identifier skill you would like your child to practice as they play. Are we identifying letters, initial sounds, ending sounds, family names, colors...the options are endless. Let’s continue using letters as our example.
Make a list of the letters you would like to practice, you want at least 12. Remember more cards are tricky to organize. While that is a skill all its own, if it is not the skill you are meaning to focus on, use less cards or use a handy egg carton trick to support your kiddo. ->
Next print out the cards and cut them out.
Using your list take the first blank card and write your first identifier in the “I Have!” section, and your second identifer in the “Who has?” section.
Next, take a new card and write your second identifier again, this time in the “I Have!” section and your third identifer in the “Who has?” section.
Keep going until you have made a card for every identifier.
Laminate if you choose. This always helps with lasting power :)