か:かるた

2 Feb

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かるた (Karuta) is a Japanese card game that’s great for children learning hiragana. You can read about how to play on Wikipedia (cards can range from really easy to super difficult). I think it would be an easy game to modify for preschoolers (make cards with colors, numbers, weather, etc. instead of hiragana). Basically, one person reads a sentence and everyone else tries to be the first person to find the matching card and put their hand on top of it. Apparently there are huge karuta tournaments in Japan.

If you don’t have a set of karuta cards, you can print your own set on card stock ( I would laminate them) or make your own from scratch. I’ve rounded up some free printable karuta cards online for you:

1) Ousama Karuta from tokioheidi.com (click here for the printable PDF)

I thought this was the best freebie. Great quality and even comes with a printable box to store your karuta.

2) 「いきいきキャンペーンかるた」from the Tottori Perfecture Website

This one has cute illustrations and teaches good manners in addition to hiragana.

3) Here is a list of some other ones I found that you may like:

おじゃる丸 karuta from NHK

あそぼうさいカルタ from kochi.lg.jp

Free Karuta Printable from Tokushima Prefectural Senior High School of Science and Technology

Another Free Karuta Printable from ふくいのいろはにほてと

情報モラルかるた」ダウンロード from Kanagawa Prefectural Educational Center

いきいきキャンペーンかるた from Tottori Prefecture Website

4) Don’t feel like going through the work of downloading, printing, and cutting? Here are some online karuta games:

ダジャレ DE カルタ!from NIFTY

ピンチかるた from noutore-matome.com

 

And HOW CUTE are these Totoro Karuta cards?!?!? I want a set! Too bad they are so expensive.

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10 Responses to “か:かるた”

  1. Celithrathien May 16, 2012 at 2:55 AM #

    Hi! :) I am so sorry to bother you. But would you have any links for print outs of the Hundred Poets karuta cards? I really can not afford my own set and would like to play for fun…

    • Hiragana Mama May 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM #

      You are not bothering me at all :) But I don’t have a link to those karuta cards!

  2. Meiyo-nee September 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM #

    I apologize for this late comment, but I am a little confused about the Tokio Heidi cards. How are the yomifuda meant to be read: left-right or right-left? I have been trying to find resources for reading comprehension practice, so those look like they will be very helpful, even though I don’t really know anyone that I can actually play with. Thank you so much for your help!

    P.S.-Your blog is truly wonderful, and super-inspiring! I’m learning Japanese and trying to expose my 2-year-old sister to as much of it as I can. She absolutely adores all the cute videos you post, and I’m hopeful that they’ll smooth over the mistakes I’m sure I make when I talk to her. Thank you again!

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