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SET, my new favorite card game!

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My sorority sister was visiting a few weekends ago, and she brought us the card game SET.  Having never played SET before, boy did she kick my butt!  But I’ve been practicing a lot since then, and I’m getting better.  This is one card game that’s challenging and addictive.

The goal of the game is to find three cards that are the same in their sameness, or the same in their differences.  There are four categories:

  1. Number
  2. Color
  3. Shape
  4. Pattern

Here are some examples of SETs:

All have different colors, different shapes, same number, and same pattern

All have different colors, different shapes, same number, and same pattern

All have different colors, different shapes, different patterns, and different number

All have different colors, different shapes, different patterns, and different numbers

All have same color, same pattern, same number, and different shape

All have same color, same pattern, same number, and different shapes

All have different number, different shape, different color and different pattern

All have different numbers, different shapes, different colors and different patterns

I brought SET into the 2nd grade classroom where I volunteer yesterday, and the kids went nuts. They had all played SET before with a previous volunteer. So, wow, it was pretty crazy.  I thought it was going to be a pretty tame card game, but we got so loud that I was worried a teacher would come shush us.  Suffice to say, the kids loved it just as much as I do!


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