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Free Printable Card Game - Animal Trumps


Printable Animal Cards

On this lens there are 40 printable cards to download which when put together create an animal trump card game. This game is a version of the classic "Top Trumps" series; a version that I have created and is available on this lens and nowhere else.

When I was young I loved playing trump cards with my friends and memorized loads of obscure facts from the cards. My favorites were the cowboys and horror packs. We used to play these card games constantly, even during lessons, trading the cards under the table while we were doing our schoolwork!

When I worked as a teacher I created this animal trump card game in order to help my students learn about animals and to create an enthusiasm for animals. Here I have decided to offer this printable card game for free.

I hope you enjoy playing my free animal trump card game, and please, no fighting over who is the winner!

Let Us Know If You Have Ever Played Trump Cards Or Not

Instructions On How to Print the Animal Trump Card Game From This Page

Every module of this lens contains a single jpg image of 4 printable cards. Simply follow these instructions.

1. Click on the image source link below the pictures and you will be taken to the image displaying the cards at full size.

2. Right click and select "Save picture as".

3. Select an appropriate place on your hard drive to save the files to.

4. Click "Save"

5. Print the cards at your leisure.

The printable cards are best printed on stiff card or onto paper and then laminated. In fact the latter will produce a more durable set of playing cards.

Animal Trump Cards - How To Play The Game

The trump card game is for 2 or more players

1. Shuffle and deal out all the cards to the players face down.

2. The players hold their cards so that they can see only the top card.

3. The player to the dealer's left begins by reading out a fact from the top card (e.g. Top Speed 40kph). The others then read out the same fact. The one with the highest value wins and places all the cards won in that round, including their own, to the bottom of their pack. It is then their turn again to choose an item from the next card.

4. Sometimes 2 or more cards will share the top value. In this case all the cards in that round are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from their next card. The winner of the hand wins the cards in the middle as well.

5. The player with all the cards at the end is the winner.

If this is not clear enough the two young ladies in the video clip below will show you how to play.

How to Play Trump Cards - Video Tutorial

Watch this video clip featuring the Top Trumps card games to learn more about how to play. When I was their age I used to love this game too.

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Here Are The Ten Sets Of Animal Trump Cards To Download And Print

I have prepared ten sets of four cards for downloading and printing. Each set is based on a loosely grouped set of animals that form a "family" with each group having a different colored background. The ten "families" are;

  • Apes
  • Baleen Whales
  • Bears
  • Big Cats
  • Dogs & Foxes
  • Elephants & Hippos
  • Even-toed Ungulates
  • Marsupials & Monotremes
  • Odd-toed Ungulates
  • Toothed Whales

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Apes

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Baleen Whales

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Bears

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Big Cats

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Dogs And Foxes

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Elephants & Hippos

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Even-toed Ungulates

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Marsupials & Monotremes

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Odd-toed Ungulates

Printable Animal Trump Cards - Toothed Whales

Which Group Of Animals From These Sets Do You Like The Most?

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Did You Like My Printable Cards? Please Leave A Comment on October 01, 2019:

The Trump game looks like a lot of fun, but I cannot get them. Any suggestions? Thanks!

pooooooooo on June 24, 2019:

it wont give me them on the web page

Jacqueline on November 18, 2018:

Hi! I loved your Trump Cards. However, I can't download them all, there appears a message which says that thee pages are not found. Could you send them to my e-mail address? here it is:

Thank you in advance

Sonia on July 22, 2018:

Fantastic set!! my children love it

humera butt on May 20, 2018:


love thecards. perfect for what i was looking for but some of the cards wont print. elephants,dogs and bears. can u help.

Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on October 14, 2017:

At first reading of the rules, I was worried that this was just War with an animal aesthetic, but the different statistics for each animal give them all a fighting chance for victory (rather than the "Ace trumps all" format of War). I'll have to try it!

Maria on July 28, 2017:

Hey, some of the links to the higher res images do not work anymore. Wondered if you were able to post the hi-res images here instead of the links. That would be great.

Gail Jenaway on December 01, 2016:


I love your game. This game is so loved by my students, but I can't get a

clear copy and had to annotate some of it. Then.. it was still hard to

read, not all but some.Can anyone help me with this. It will be such a success if I can get it right.

Gail Jenaway on November 26, 2016:


I love them. They are perfect for my needs and I probably may purchase more. However, I can't seem to get them in colour. Can you help me.

Not the same in black and white. Thanks so much. So useful!

tajmd on January 24, 2016:

Dear, link for download not working please relode them

anonymous on August 24, 2013:

This is awesome! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much for freely sharing your hard work

jenniferteacher1 on April 17, 2012:

I recently put together my own Top Trumps homemade cards, and they look embarrassingly crap compared to these. Thank you for putting this together. Have you thought of making a lens showing how to make such professional-looking cards?

anonymous on January 14, 2012:

enjoyed these tonight, thank you for the write up.

anonymous on November 29, 2011:

brilliant thank you!

nickupton lm (author) on August 30, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for your comments. I have fixed the elephants and hippos link - you will be able to download them now.

anonymous on August 30, 2011:

loved the cards but the elephant ones won't print!! Going to use them for my ESOL students!

nickupton lm (author) on October 28, 2010:

@GonnaFly: Oh, these seem to be a victim of their own popularity and have exceeded the bandwidth of the site I have stored them in. Please come back again at the beginning of the month.

Jeanette from Australia on October 28, 2010:

These look absolutely great! Unfortunately I can't see the last five sets. I think the bandwidth may be exceeded. I'll have to come back again later to see them.

irregularworld on October 01, 2010:

A great lens, Nick. I've just linked to it from a lens I'm putting together on card games. A very generous spirit here, and love of fun. Keep it up.

anonymous on March 29, 2010:

Nice Job! Love the idea of saving the the images from the web page to print them. The only problem is that you do not have backs to the cards. That is why I created my card game Swords on Shields (click on my name to go to my bio page where you can find it) in a downloadable PDF format. Version 1.0 is pretty plain. Not nearly as fancy as yours. But it gets the job done and I'll improve upon them in later versions. Hope to eventually have them professionally printed for play.

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on January 12, 2010:

What adorable pictures, and a very clever game idea.

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