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Make Your Own Dobble

Based on the card game 'Dobble'

These cards can be used to play a version of 'Dobble' or 'Spot-It.' The agorithm for generating them has been adapted from [http://moltools.sourceforge.net/dobble.html]

The brilliant aspect of this card game is that no matter which two cards are selected, there will always be exactly one matching pair of symbols/pictures etc. The spirit of the game is similar to Snap or Karuta. I used these cards to review the letters of the alphabet at elementary school and junior high school. I put the cards in card sleeves, but you can laminate them too.

Two files are attached. One is specifically for the letters of the alphabet. The other is a general template where you can replace the numbers 10~40 with whatever symbols/pictures/words you like.

One possible "competitive" use: put students in groups of five. Students take turns being the dealer, turning over two cards at a time. The other students have to spot the matching letter.

Also, it's not necessary to have all the cards to play. However, don't get multiple decks mixed up. You may want to print different decks with different paper or font colours to easily distinguish them.

There is also an implementation of "Double Dobble" at [ https://aperiodical.com/2020/05/the-big-lock-down-math-off-match-22/ ] , where every pair of cards contains exactly two matching symbols.

Another site that generates cards from text or images is at [ http://www.aaronbarker.net/spot-it/spot-it.html ] .

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Submitted by Keith Miyazaki April 28, 2021 Estimated time: 5 minutes
Inspired by Spot the Number
  1. kusobaba April 30, 2021

    This is great, thanks very much. Is there an easy way to edit the base template? Is it possible to say replace all the number "10"s with "a" for example, with a single command, rather than manually change each number "10" to an "a"? Sorry if this question just shows my ignorance of Word. But ignorant I certainly am.

  2. Colin April 30, 2021

    Hello! Maybe you're looking for "find and replace" / "replace". If you're using the most recent version of Word, select the Home tab and then on the far right is the "replace" button.

  3. Keith Miyazaki April 30, 2021

    I also discovered an implementation of "Double Dobble," where each pair of cards shares exactly two symbols. Visit [ https://aperiodical.com/2020/05/the-big-lock-down-math-off-match-22/ ]

  4. OdafromTaijima May 6, 2021

    Thank you!

  5. kusobaba May 6, 2021

    Thanks Colin! That is exactly what I wanted.

  6. KobeALT March 23, 2022

    I didn't understand the first link, but the Aaron Barker one is very user friendly. This went down an absolute storm for my last lesson of the year! The only problem is transparent images (like Irasutoya) turn black when used in the generator I did, so find images with white backgrounds.

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