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Published January 29, 2012 Updated June 13, 2022

Woodland Snap

Woodland Snap is played with a pack of 44 cards illustrated with "Woodland" characters by Racey Helps the famous children's artist.

1960 United Kingdom Castell Bros Pepys Racey Helps Card Games Add to Collection
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Woodland Snap card game published by Pepys Games (Castell Brothers Ltd), c.1960

Woodland Snap is played with a pack of 44 cards, consisting of 11 sets of four cards each. The cards are illustrated with “Woodland” characters by Racey Helps (1913-70) the famous children's author and artist, and include mice, frogs, rabbits, squirrels, a fox, a mole, a sparrow and a hedgehog. When a card is played which is similar to one already exposed, the first player to call “SNAP” collects all the cards and so on until one player succeeds in winning the entire pack. The rules booklet explains some finer points of the etiquette during play and also includes alternative rules for more advanced versions of the game.  Meet the woodland folk...

Woodland Snap card game published by Pepys Games (Castell Brothers Ltd) booklet from Woodland Snap card game published by Pepys Games (Castell Brothers Ltd)

Above: Woodland Snap card game with illustrations by Racey Helps, published by Pepys Games (Castell Brothers Ltd), c.1960. 44 cards + rules booklet in cardboard tuck box.

Right: Woodland Snap booklet →

Later editions of Woodland Snap are published by Gibson Games. Companion games of Woodland Happy Families and Woodland Old Maid were also published by Pepys Games with artwork by Racey Helps.   See also: more artwork by Racey Helps

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