Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Game: Arabic Colours Go-Fish

Assalamu alaikum,

This game is a variation (or adaptation) of the ever popular Go-Fish game. This game has a winter theme (mittens) and the card that players do not want to be left with when the game ends is a snowman.

The game is played the same way that the regular Go-Fish game is played but has fewer cards. There are 29 cards - including the snowman.

We play the game this way: If two children are playing then the players will shuffle the cards to mix them up and then each player gets 5 cards insha'Allah.

Players take turns picking a card from the other person's cards (without looking at the others players' cards) which the other person is holding in his/her hand like a fan. If they pick a card that matches one of the cards they have in their hand, they take both cards and place them on the table or floor (face up). If a player runs out of cards then he/she picks another card from the cards in the "pool" (the stack of cards in the middle). The game ends when all cards have been matched and the person who has the most matching colour mittens and is not left with the snowman wins the game.

There are many ways to play Go-Fish, you can read about them here insha'Allah. We switch up and play the game differently sometimes and playing the game where the players have to ask one another if they have a certain colour card helps children work on learning the colours in Arabic insha'Allah. The way that I described above does not have that feature.

If your children do not read Arabic, you can see how to pronounce the colour words here insha'Allah. *Note: we say, "banafseejeeya" for purple and here they use "arjamaanee". The game has "banafseejeeya" on the mitten. Also, they do not have the words for olive, silver and gold. For olive the word is "zaytooni", for silver the word is "fiddhi" and for gold the word is "thahabi".*

I printed the game on cardstock and recommend gluing them on to poster board as well to help them withstand frequent handling insha'Allah.

Here is the file insha'Allah:

Download Arabic Colours Go-Fish Game here

or from the link below

Enjoy insha'Allah!


  1. As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmahtuallahi wa barakatuh
    I LOVE THIS! Once again, you seem to always surprise me! Time to really break my printer in with printing this activity for the kids, insha Allah! Jazakallahu Khair! *Smile*

  2. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Aww dear sis Umm Abdul Basir, wa iyaki (hug)! I'm happy you like it alhamdulillah. But don't break your new printer!...hehe.


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