Educational Carnival Games: Cups and Card

Although I don’t like to encourage gambling, the old Shell game is a very fun carnival game for kids!  Just add flash cards to make it an Educational Carnival Game!

carnival games for kids

Instead of taking your child’s money, you will be improving their memory, concentration, and general knowledge.  Once you turn plain old flash cards into this exciting new carnival game, you will be amazed at how eager your children are for learning time.

You will need: 3 large cups, flash cards that fit in the cups, and a reward like Popsicle sticks.

carnival games for kids

How to play this Carnival Game

Place the 3 cups in a row in front of your child.  Tell your child to watch carefully because you are going to hide one of the flash cards in a cup. Start shuffling the cups around, being careful not to let the card fall out.  Encourage your child to keep track of the cup that he thinks the card is in.  You will want to adjust the speed at which you shuffle the cups depending on the age and ability of your child.

Next, have your little one choose the cup he thinks has the card.  If he gets it wrong show him where the card is and then try to shuffle the cups again to see if he can find it.  If he finds the card, have him tell you what is on the flash card to get a reward.  If your child is having trouble finding the card you can use 2 cups instead of 3.  If it is too easy for your child, add more cups.

carnival games for kids
Have Fun!

For more educational flash card games Like us on Facebook or follow me on pinterest. Thank you for your support!

Give Your Child a Head Start


Join our Weekly Newsletter for a Free eBook each month!


  1. Looks fun! she’s a cutie! :)

  2. Great idea! This would be perfect for my little girl! :)

  3. Thanks for the feature. For some reason, I had a hard time putting your button on my site. It may be user error on my part, but I wanted to let you know just in case.

  4. Looks like so much fun…I was just thinking about trying cup towers/buildings with my 5 year old, and we could probably do a bunch of other fun games!

  5. I love educational games…you almost can’t have enough! I always appreciate your link-up content!!

  6. Yay! Congrats! Your post was my #4 most clicked link in The Mommy Club last week. You are being featured on my blog today! Stop in and see your feature as well as the new weekly link up! I can’t wait to see what mommy solutions & resources you link up, next!!

    Have a great week,

  7. Great idea! May I share it on

  8. Hello again!
    I did indeed post about your idea as you agreed, and supplied a link. Here is the post.

  9. Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell! I hope you’ll be back this week with more!

  10. i love this idea! what a great twist on a classic game. thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  11. My kids and I love this “game” as well! Thanks for linking up to Tip-toe thru Tuesday. Have a great week!


  1. [...] a Lesson Plan} 2. Hopscotch Playmat {CraftoArt} 3. Colored Water Tic Tac Toe {Blog Me Mom} 4. Cups and a Card {True Aim Educations} 5. Card Holder  {A Mom with a Lesson Plan} 6. Pick up [...]

Speak Your Mind


Current ye@r *

CommentLuv badge