How to Play I Have Who Has Game (Resources)

I Have Who Has quickly become a popular, fun, game for the entire class.

From language arts, such as letters of the alphabet and sight words to math, these sets of cards in the I Have Who Has games are a fun way to incorporate learning games.

Here, you will find simple instructions how to play as a whole class and in small groups.  At the end of the post, there is a list of printable cards you can start using today!


How to Play I Have Who Has Set of Cards

To save time prepping, invite a parent volunteer to help out with laminating and cutting. Some parents prefer prepping materials over playing classroom games with the kids.

Playing this call and response game as a whole class is a great way to review skills, build listening, and promote a positive classroom community.

First, your kiddos sit or stand in a circle around the room.

For the game to work correctly, be sure to pass out ALL cards. Depending on class size, some students may have 2 cards. This is a great opportunity to differentiate.

If you know a couple students that need a challenge, give them more than one card. You could also pair them with a kiddo that may need extra support following directions or reading the card.


While calling out the cards, there are several ways you can manage your group of kiddos.

For example, they can sit in a circle, stay seated, and simply read aloud their cards. Or, you can have them sit/stand only when it’s their turn.

Whomever has the card that read “I have the first card”, will be the first player.

After the kiddo reads aloud the card, the children who has the word called out will read next. (Ex: Student 1 – “I have the first card. Who has” Student 2 – “I have all. Who has are?) The end of the game will occur when a random students read the last card : “I have the end.”

Playing I Have Who Has as a Small Group (VIDEO)

Yes, the I Have, Who Has game was created as a game to play with a large group of kids. But this classroom card game, can easily be played with a small group, too.

As a title 1 reading tutor for kindergarten, first, and second graders, I loved playing this game in a small group setting.

You can use the games in an intervention reading group, or leave it at a literacy station to incorporate different games.

 Here is a short video demonstrating how I use I Have Who Has game to practice second grade sight words.

Tips for playing with a small group:

* distribute the cards to each player until there are no cards remaining (they will have nearly an equal amount of cards)

* have students lay their cards out flat in front of them to assure they can see all of them

* give them an opportunity to look over all of their words

* ask if they need help reading any of their words before getting started

* the player who has the first card leads the game

* the player when the end card will collect the cards when the game is over


When you’re all done, gather the cards, and store them until it’s time for another round.

Keep your card games organized in zipper pouches or in these small storage Iris containers. These containers are useful for so many purposes. If you’d ask me, I would say they should be on every list of school supplies. You can usually find them at Michaels Stores or on amazon.

Game Cards for Language Arts

I created the following I Have Who Has sets of cards to practice basic math skills and basic facts for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

All sets come with a starter card, last card for the final answer, and a game titles card.


Sight Words


Math Game Set of Cards

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