Friday, May 24, 2013

Irregular Plurals Card Game

It's been awhile since I got out our tricky plurals cards to practice irregular plurals. I thought I'd find a new way to practice irregular plural nouns - you know, those words that in their plural form don't have an s or es on the end. What better way than a card game?

Before we got playful, we read Brain P. Cleary's Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals?  Wacky illustrations combine with a whimsical rhyming explanation of the wacky inconsistencies of the English language.

Then I handed him a shuffled a deck of 32 cards.

Download a free 4-page PDF of the irregular plural noun cards here.
To keep them from being see-through, glue patterned scrapbook
paper to the back and cut out.

Five cards were dealt to each of us. The rest of the cards were laid face down and scrambled around in a messy pile. The game is played like "Go Fish."

Players take turns asking their opponent(s) if they have the singular or plural form of the cards in their hand, until they have a match. If the opponent provides the card, the player gets to ask again, until they are told "I don't have that card" and must draw a card from the pile in the middle.

When a player runs out of cards, the game is over. Whoever has the most matches is the winner.


  1. I had not seen these cards before. I printed them out yesterday and handed them to the kids for some practice with scissors. Then while my two youngest went to the park with Daddy, my daughter asked if we could play this game for our girl time:) We both really enjoyed it.

  2. I'm new to your blog. I just came across it from another blog that led me here. My daughter has been doing irregular plural nouns on SpellingCity, and she's enjoying the games. I like this idea of a card game for us to play together, though. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I stumbled onto your site by accident and found these wonderful cards! The time I put into cutting and gluing them to backs has already paid of in multitudes. My EFL fourth graders love this game and ask for it whenever there is some extra time at the end of class. And Besides plurals they also learn the question: Do you have.... and so on. Thank you so much!

  4. I would really like to try your game, it seems like a great way to learn irregular plurals! I was not able to find the printable on the page though. I was wondering if you could tell me where the link is. Thanks!

    1. Click on the word "here" in the caption under the picture of the 8 cards, Mags. Enjoy!

  5. wow free... my students are gonna love this

  6. Thank you so much for sharing. Will be using this for my class later. :)

  7. Thank you for shraring, it's so fun and helpful :)

  8. Thank you. Tomorrow i am going to print them out for my beginner group