Spot It Game

Spot It Junior animals card matching game in tin case

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Portable Matching Fun

Spot It Junior animals card matching game in tin case

  • What: Spot It games
  • When: Ages 3 and up
  • Why: Affordable, portable, no reading required
  • Where: Amazon

If you haven’t spotted Spot It, go check it out now for a great game for kids and adults alike. The Spot It Junior version requires zero literacy skills, so you can start them young.  All three of my kids can play this game with me and I have zero advantage over them.

Spot It Junior Animals version on Amazon

Spot It Junior shows six pictures on a round card. You lay two cards side by side and find the images that match. The images may be different sizes, but each pair of cards is guaranteed to have only one match. I still haven’t figured out how that works, since I haven’t spotted two identical cards yet either.

Spot it junior animals edition tin bottom side and cards spread out
It comes with an instruction booklet as well as examples on the bottom of the tin.

But it’s pure genius and fun for kids, too. Even better, all the cards fit into a round tin about the size of a mint container. As long as you don’t lose the lid on an airplane like we did, the tin can travel in your bag with ease. I’ve used it to entertain my kids during lessons and practices while we wait for their sibling to finish. You don’t even need a flat surface, (though it does help). I can lay two cards on my leg to play in a pinch. The floor works really well, too, as do the tray tables on airplanes.

Two Spot It Jr animal edition cards laid side by side
Can you spot the match?

The person who spots the match first gets both cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins. It is simple, yet brilliant, and addictively fun. My kids will play round after round. The game rules say two to six players, but I’ve played by myself no problem, and the only limit on the number of players is how many people can see both cards. It can be played competitively or cooperatively, and you can switch to more advanced versions, like spotting the match between three cards, once you and your kids master the basic game. You won’t even need to buy any additional parts or pieces.

Spot It Junior animals version on top of four playing cards
You can lose a card and it won’t matter in this fun visual game.

Matching pictures helps kids with letter recognition, so they practice and learn without ever catching on to the skills they learn. The game comes in lots of different varieties, like numbers and shapes and alphabet versions featuring familiar characters like Elsa and Dory as well as holiday, sports, and princess editions, to appeal to many interests.

Frozen alphabet edition of Spot It card game
The Frozen Alphabet edition comes in an even smaller tin carrying case.

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