PRIMATES AND THEIR HABITATS

GAME 3

ONE-HANDED SOLITAIRE

A fun solitaire game

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Educational Objectives:

  • ​Players become familiar with primate species
  • Players become familiar with primate habitats
  • Players learn which primate species live in which habitats
  • Players become learn that the world has a variety of ecosystems
  • Players learn, from the cards, the country of each species and its habitat (world geography)
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THE CARDS

36 game cards include 27 primate cards and 9 habitat cards.
Note: There are three times as many rainforest cards in the deck because most nonhuman primates live in the world’s tropical rainforests.
1. Download the printable game cards. ​

2. Print the cards. For best results, print on card stock. Laminate if you wish.

3. Cut to create a 36-card deck.

OBJECT OF THE GAME:
A fun picture card game to play alone.
Can be played in the hand and does not require table or other surface.

HOW TO PLAY:

1. Shuffle the deck.

2. Hold the shuffled deck face down in your hand.

3. Draw 4 cards from the back of the deck and place them on top, fanned out, so that the picture and habitat suits can be seen.

4. If the 1st and 4th card are the same picture type—that is, either both are habitat pictures or both are primate pictures—discard the 2 middle cards, placing them on your lap or other surface.

5. If there are previously drawn cards in your hand, arrange them so that 4 cards are visible.

6. If there are not enough cards to do this, draw from the back so that 4 cards are visible.

7. If the 1st and 4th card are the same habitat suit, discard all 4 cards.

8. Again, if there are previously drawn cards in your hand, rearrange the hand so that 4 cards are visible.

9. If there are not enough cards to do this, draw from the back so that 4 cards are visible.

10. Continue in this fashion until the end of the deck is reached. If all cards are discarded, you win the game. 

11. An optional rule to increase the odds of winning: Previously drawn cards can be redrawn after the deck has been cycled through, preserving the original sequence of the cards.

12. Learn more about the Primates and Habitats in the cards: Who’s In the Cards?

Step 2: Hold the deck in one hand, face down

Step 4. If the 1st & 4th are primates…

Step 4. Discard the 2 middle cards

An example of the 1st & 4th cards being the same suit

 Step 3: Draw 4 cards from the back of the deck and facing you

Step 4. Or if the 1st & 4th are habitats…

Draw from the deck until 4 cards are visible

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