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Sequence For Kids Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Sequence For Kids Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Objective of Sequence For Kids

The objective of Sequence For Kids is to place four of your chips in a row on the board before the other players.

Setup for Sequence For Kids

  • Place the gameboard in the middle of the playing area.
  • Each player chooses a color of chips and places them in a pile next to them.
  • One player shuffles all of the cards. They will deal three cards face down to each player. You may look at your own cards, but you shouldn’t show them to the other players.
  • Place the remaining cards face down near the gameboard to form the Draw Deck.
  • The player to the left of the dealer starts the game. Play moves clockwise throughout the game.

Playing Sequence For Kids

To start your turn you should look at the cards in your hand. You will play one of the cards on your turn. The card you play determines where you will play one of your chips.

Choosing which card to play
The current player has a fox, ostrich and gorilla card in their hand. They will choose one of the three cards to play.

When you have chosen the card that you want to play, you will play the card in front of you to your own personal discard pile. Each card in the game features an animal on it. There are two cards of each animal. Depending on what animal you play, you will place one of your chips on one of the corresponding spaces on the gameboard. You may place your chip on either of the two matching spaces as long as there isn’t already a chip on the space. Once you place a chip on a space, you cannot move it to a new space. The only way the chip can be removed is if a Dragon card is played.

Play a card in Sequence for Kids
The red player decided to play their ostrich card. They will choose one of the two ostrich spaces to place one of their chips on.

After you play a card and place a chip, you will add the top card from the draw deck to your hand. If the draw deck ever runs out of cards, you will shuffle all of the discarded cards in order to create a new draw deck. Your turn then ends. Play passes to the next player in clockwise direction.

Discarding a Card

If you have a card in your hand that already has both of its spaces covered, you can discard the card from your hand and draw a new card.

Discarding a card that has both spaces covered in Sequence for Kids
The current player has a penguin card in their hand. There is already a chip on both penguin spaces. The player can discard the penguin card and draw a new card.
Dragon card in Sequence for Kids

Dragon Cards

There are two Dragon cards in the deck. These cards are unique since there is no dragon pictured on the gameboard.

When you play a Dragon card, you will choose one of the chips played to the gameboard by one of your opponents. You will remove the chip from the spot and return it to the corresponding player. You cannot immediately place one of your chips on the space. On a future turn you or another player can place a chip on this space since it doesn’t have a chip on it anymore.

Playing a dragon card
The blue player has played a Dragon card. They can choose one chip to remove from the board. They decide to remove the red chip on the ostrich space since it is blocking them from getting four chips in a row.

Your turn then ends after you replenish your hand to three cards. 

Unicorn card in Sequence for Kids

Unicorn Cards

There are two Unicorn cards in the deck. There are no unicorn spaces on the gameboard.

Unicorn cards act as wild cards. When you play a Unicorn card you can choose any space on the board (except for free spaces) that doesn’t already have a chip on it. You will place a chip on the space you choose. Your turn then ends after you replenish your hand to three cards.

Playing a unicorn card
The yellow player plays a unicorn card on their turn. They will use the card to play a chip on the camel space by their other chips.

Free Spaces

In each of the corners of the gameboard there is a free space. No player may place one of their chips on these spaces. Each player will treat each of the spaces as if they already placed a chip on it.

When trying to get four chips in a row, you can use the corner spaces. In this case you only need to have three of your chips in a row in addition to the corner space. Multiple players may use a free space at the same time when trying to create a Sequence.

Winning Sequence For Kids

Players will be taking turns playing a card and placing a chip on the gameboard.

The first player to get four of their chips in a row wins the game.

Winning Sequence for Kids
The yellow player has placed their chips on four connected spaces. The yellow player has won the game.

If you are using one of the free spaces, you only need to have three of your chips connected to the free space.

Winning using a corner space
The red player has three of their chips in a row. Since these three chips connect to a free space, the player has four connected spaces. The red player has won the game.

Sequence For Kids FAQs

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Components for Sequence for Kids

Sequence For Kids Components

  • Gameboard
  • 42 Playing Cards
  • 21 Blue Chips
  • 21 Green Chips
  • 21 Red Chips
  • 21 Yellow Chips
  • Instructions

Year: 2001 | Publisher: Jax Ltd | Designer: Garrett J. Donner, Michael S. Steer

Genres: Card, Family

Ages: 3+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 20 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High

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