One of the first games I remember playing as a child was Go Fish!. My sister and I played with cards, but we really like playing it to match socks after they came out of the dryer. It is a fun and interactive way to get your socks matched! I have played it with my older child and enjoyed it so much he wanted to undo all the sock matches we had made just so we could play again. So much for being mommy’s little helper!
Lately both of my kids have been really into the Colors version of Goldfish, so I thought it’d be fun to make a sorting game using Goldfish Colors and model it after Go FIsh. In this version, the kids have to collect three of each color to cover their board and the first to fill their board wins! Here is what you’ll need to recreate this simple game at home!
- Goldfish Colors
- 3 bowls (1 for each participant and 1 Go Fish bowl)
- Index cards
- Red, yellow, green and orange marker
There are four different colors of fish in the container, original (which we called yellow), orange, red and green. I used a black marker to draw four fish and three lines and the numbers 1-3, then colored in each fish with a different color. That’s it! It took two minutes to make both cards.
While each child snacks from their own bowl, they ask the other player for a particular color to add to their card. If they have already eaten all of those colors, then they tell the other player to “Go Fish” from the community bowl and so forth until they fill their cards. You definitely run the risk that your kids will want to eat their goldfish off their own card, but just remind them they can eat from their own bowl and from their card once they win.
This is an easy game to practice color sorting and counting. And you can play over and over again so all participants can have a turn to win!