Rat-a-Tat Cat

This suspenseful card game helps to teach both addition skills and strategy, and is fun to play for children and adults alike. The object of Rat-a-Tat Cat is to get the lowest score by trying to get rid of the rat cards (high) and go for the cat cards (low). Players are dealt four cards face down, but you can take an initial peek at two of the cards. At each turn, a player pulls a card from the draw pile to replace one of their four cards. But with only that initial peek, you must remember what cards you have and keep track of those values. Throughout the game you have options to sneak a peek at another’s cards, draw two, or swap cards with another player. To do well in this game, you need good timing, memory skills, and awareness of others (particularly poker faces!). This game is even a great way to start developing probability skills.

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