“I Have, Who Has” Shapes Game

Shapes Card Game

I’ve seen these “I Have, Who Has” card games circulating the internet a lot lately, so I decided to make my own version for Pre-K to teach shapes (see download link at the bottom of this post). I used these in my class last week at Small Group, and the kids are still enjoying them in the Math Center at free choice time. I wasn’t sure if they’d like this game or not, but they love it! I added symbols to help the children read the cards. For “I have” there is a picture of an eye, and for “Who has” there is a picture of an owl (since owls say “whoooo”).

To play the game, deal out all of the cards to all of the players in the group. They figure out pretty quickly that it’s best if they lay all the cards out where they can see them. Since this set has so many cards, it works best with a group of about 5 kids or more (and I gave some cards to myself so I could play along with them). The first player chooses any card and reads it. For example, “I have a red square. Who has a green triangle?” That child places that card in the basket, and everyone looks at their cards to see if they have a green triangle. The person who does then says, “I have a green triangle. Who has a yellow rectangle?” That child places that card in the basket, and so on. Play continues until all of the cards are in the basket.

Since I have some children who are still struggling with shapes, especially rectangle, I used this to help reinforce shapes, and I added diamond (rhombus) and oval to the four basic shapes to make it more interesting for those kids who already know shapes. As we played, there were some children who came across a shape they didn’t know, and when that happened, I said the name of the shape, and they repeated the name of the shape as they read the card, “Who has …”. So, there was constant reinforcement of shapes they needed to learn, and it worked! I noticed after several repetitions of the same shape, children did not need to ask me when they came across it again.

Just a funny side story: At one point with one of my groups, the kids were asking me to help them identify a shape, but they didn’t want the other kids to see the card they had. They decided to grab the card and hide under the table so the other kids couldn’t see, then call up to me, “What shape do I have?” When I said, “I can’t see your card,” the children would hold the card just above the table so I could see (without realizing everyone else could see). Such silliness. :)

Shapes Card Game

Download: Printable “I Have, Who Has” Shapes Game

Comments

  1. Elizabeth says

    Thanks so much! “I have, who has?” is a great game for ESL students, which are the majority in my class.

  2. says

    Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to play this with my class. It’s so simple yet covers so many skills that we need to review this time of year!

  3. tear spry says

    thanks so much this could really help my 5 yr old pre k son who has a learning disability

  4. Elizabeth says

    My class loved playing this game on Friday! I divided by class of 15 into two groups and it worked out beautifully!

  5. Kathy says

    My class played this last week and liked it. I didn’t know how much they liked it until they kept asking for the “eye who” game. I took me a few minutes to realize what they were asking for. I made a version for reviewing the alphabet but they all told me that yours was better. I would love to use your templete to create more of these games to review other skills.

    Kathy

  6. Rian says

    Instead of having the kids place the cards in a basket I’m having them use them like dominoes on their turn. They love it, thanks for a great game!

  7. Alli says

    My class loved this game!!! We played small group and large group. I would love to make all different kinds letters, numbers…endless possibilities! Thanks so much for sharing- would you consider posting a blank page- to make our own? I love the eye and the owl!!!!

  8. Susan says

    My students absolutely loved this game. I also am anxious to make a game of this format to practice other skills. Thanks for all your fantastic ideas.

  9. Ronel says

    Thank You for sharing this game,I have made the 3d shapes like this as well.The children love it and learn the aspects so much faster.

  10. bobbie says

    I have what is probably a silly question, but would you laminate these before or after you cut them out?

    • says

      I cut out first, then laminate, and cut out again. It would be much easier to laminate then cut, and save a step… however, the lamination tends to peel if done that way. So, cut, laminate, then cut, making sure to leave a seal around it, makes them more durable.

  11. Susan says

    My Pre-K students absolutely loved this game. Thank you so much for the cards. I plan on expanding to use with letters and/or numbers.

    • says

      Hi Cindy,
      It’s been a couple of months now since we played it and I can’t remember how many cards. I would think each child should probably have at least 4 cards. They could have more, but probably not too many. I believe my groups last year had 5 kids. They also really enjoyed playing the game at free choice centers, and sometimes they might only have 3 kids in their group and they made it work just fine.

  12. Andrea says

    I love this game! Thanks for posting. I made a simpler version for my students who are struggling. It has only black shapes of the eight basic shapes. I pull four students at a time, and they each only get two cards. I find focusing on only one attribute helps when they are struggling with their shape identification.

  13. Lisa says

    thank you so much for posting this game! my preschoolers love it! we played it once as a small group and my students now play on their own at free choice time. i love how the older students help the younger ones. of course my class refers to this game as “i got, who gots”. :-)

  14. Nicole Brunelle says

    This is such a great game!! I played this with my math intervention group and the children loved it! I have seen so much progress in their ability to name shapes!

  15. Gail says

    I love this game. Even my first grade son loves it! You website is a valuable resource and I thank you so much for sharing all your ideas and printables with us!

    • says

      Gail, I’ll certainly put that on my to-do list, but I can’t promise when it will get done! :) I have lots of ideas for things I want to make, but so little time. :)

  16. Nanci Dye says

    Hi – my kids love this game – so much giggling – especially if one of them ends up with the card that’s being asked for. But once in a while we end up asking for a shape that’s already been called – is there a certain card that should ‘begin’ the game each time? Thanks so much for the cute idea!

  17. Brynn says

    Wow, this is genius! I am loving your website for summer school ideas for my children. Thanks so much for all your ideas/resources. We are having a ball utilizing several of them.

  18. Norma says

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your site. I have just started following your site and you have made me so excited about this school year with my prekindergarten students!!! Thanks for all you have put into teaching and for sharing your ideas :-)

  19. Becky says

    This is a great activity, thanks for sharing it. I can’t wait to use it in my classroom. I also have ESOl students who would benefit from this FUN learning activity. : )

  20. Danielle Coleman says

    I love this game! It is perfect for my kiddos! Thank you for creating this! My desk top seems to be rejecting the link???? Is there any way you could send a download link to my email? I would sooooo appreciate it!!! Thank you!!!! daniellecoleman2002@yahoo.com

  21. Sheila says

    Wow! I love all your great ideas! Thank you for sharing ….I am looking forward to using these with my kids in school!

  22. Nonette Tsang says

    Dear Karen,
    I am preparing for a training I will give to pre-K teachers in a remote area in the Philippines. I came across your website. Bless your heart for openly sharing.
    Thank you soooooo much!
    Nonette

  23. michelle says

    I can not wait to use these cards with my pre-K 3 students! They are beautifully designed. Thank you for sharing. LOVE your blog.

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