Little Match is super simple to play. Each player gets four cards. The rest of the deck goes in the middle with one card facing up.
If a card in your hand matches the face-up card in either species or color, you can play it. It the face-up card is, say, a yellow butterfly, you could lay down an orange, green or blue butterfly, or a yellow owl, kitten, or bunny.
If nothing in your hand matches either species or color, you must draw an extra card from the top of the deck.
The game is designed for ages 2-5, but can obviously be enjoyed by older kids, teens, and adults, as well.
The youngest player goes first, then play continues in a clockwise fashion.
The first player to get rid of all his cards wins. I love the fact that even a two-year-old can easily understand and play the game — and beat her older brothers, aunts, and uncles!
While you’re on the Timberdoodle website, I’d encourage you to look around. We love everything we’ve ever ordered from this small family-owned company!
PLEASE NOTE: As a member of the Timberdoodle blog team, I routinely receive free or deeply discounted products in exchange for writing honest reviews. Opinions expressed in these posts are 100% my own. I’ve been a happy and enthusiastic Timberdoodle customer for decades — long before I ever started blogging for their company.