Woolworths Animal Card Game

If you're living in Australia, you may have seen the Woolworths animal cards which children around the country have been collecting.

Woolworths Animal Card Game

My boys, like so many others, were fascinating by the animal cards.

Recently, we went to a card swap day outside a Woolworths store in an attempt to complete our collection of the 108 cards. One of the fathers there commented that the collections will probably be kept in children's bedrooms, unread and forgotten.

To be honest, I figured he was right! However, having said that, we were determined to make full use of the cards. Hence the development of this Woolworths Animal Card Game: "Who Am I?" I'm pleased to report, this game was fun to play and was well received by our boys.

The Objective of the Woolworths Animal Card Game

... is to guess which card is displayed on the headband by using a process of questioning and elimination.

Preparation for the Woolworths Animal Card Game

Make a headband out of paper. Add some paperclips.

We made a paper headband and added a couple of paper clips. Yes, I know, it doesn't look very professional but it did the trick. The paper clips were used to hold the card in place.

To Play the Game

We took turns to wear the headband. An animal card was selected from a pile of spare cards and placed in the headband without the wearer seeing what it said.

The headband-wearing-player then had to ask the other players (who could see the card) closed questions about the animal represented on the card. The other players could only answer with a 'yes' or 'no'.

Ask questions

The first set of questions helped the headband-wearing-player to work out which habitat the animal lived in (e.g., coastal regions, mountain ranges, backyard, etc.).

For example:

  • Does the animal live in water?
  • Can it be found in the backyard?
  • Does it live in mountains?
  • Are there trees in the animal's environment?

Once the habitat was determined, the book was opened to the appropriate habitat page and more questions asked:

For example:

  • Is it endangered?
  • Does it have fur?
  • Does it have four feet?

Use beads to help keep track of which animals have been eliminated

To help keep track of the answers, we used glass beads to show if animals had or had not been eliminated. This involved placing a glass bead on all the animals on the page to begin with. When an animal was eliminated (e.g. it had the wrong number of feet), the glass bead was removed.

The player's turn ended when he/she managed to identify the animal on the his/her headband.

We really enjoyed playing this game and will be playing again soon.

Do you have a game which you've developed to play with the Woolworths animal cards? We'd love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.

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