Barnyard Snap is similar to Snap as well as other children card games like Slap-Jack and Woof. It has a simple set of rules and can be played by children as young as 3 or 4 years old.
In Barnyard Snap having a quick eye and a quick voice is key to winning the game.
The object of the game is to be the player with all the cards in the end.
A standard deck of playing cards.
Two or four players.
Two to four players sit in a circle facing each other. The oldest player is the dealer. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals them face down to each player until all cards have been dealt. It does not matter if players do not all receive the same number of cards. Each player places their cards in a neat face down stack without looking at them.
Players each choose different barnyard animal sound. Be creative. Choosing an animal with a funny sound adds to the enjoyment. Sounds might include a quack , a baa, a moo, an oink, and so on. Each player should know every other players sound.
The player to the left of the dealer goes first.
The player takes the top card from their stack and places it face up next to the rest of their cards. The player to their left goes next and the game continues. Be on the lookout for a card the same rank as another face up card. When you see two cards that match start making the animal sound of the player whose card the new one matches. The first player to make the noise three times takes both face up stacks and adds them to the bottom of their face down stack.
If a player makes the wrong noise they give their entire face up stack to the player that played the matching card.
Play continues with the player to the left of the player who turned up the matching card.
If any players get excited and make an animal noise at the wrong time they must give each player one of the cards from their face down stack.
In the event that two players make the correct sound at the same time both stacks with the matching cards are placed in the middle which is called the Pool. Play continues on and the player who wins the next round also wins the entire pool.
If a player runs out of cards in their face down stack they simply flip over their face up stack and continue. Any player that completely runs out of cards is out of the game.
The player who collects all the cards is the winner.
Animals is a slight variation to the game in which players are assigned an animal name and the name is called rather than a sound. Although essentially the same the animal noises are much more entertaining.
Barnyard Snap is also known as Farmyard.
Did you know that the earliest board games discovered are more than 3,500 years old?