Teach your kids some of these fun card games. They can all be played with a regular deck of 52 playing cards.
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Card games are a fun activity for one or 2 kids – or your whole family. For all of these games, you just need a deck of playing cards. (Some do call for 2 decks.)
They’re tons of fun and many can be played quickly. Keep a pack of cards in your bag and you’ll have entertainment ready wherever you go.
We included a variety of games in this collection. Most are good for young kids but some are a bit more challenging. You’ll probably recognize some classics here, but we hope you find some new favorites to discover too.
Tips for teaching kids to play cards
- Start by going over the rules, and be patient when everyone needs a few reminders.
- Play a few practice rounds where an adult helps each kid on their turn.
- If you have enough adults, play on teams so that each child has an adult to help them.
- Holding several cards and keeping them secret is hard when you have kid-sized hands. Use a cardholder to make it easier.
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Kid-friendly card games
Card games for one player
Solitaire is an iconic one-player card game. You can play online, but there’s something nice about playing with a real deck of cards that makes it even more fun.
Clock patience is kind of a variation on solitaire that’s perfect for kids learning to tell time. Each of the cards goes around a circle, just like the hours on a clock.
Accordion is a fun card-sorting game. Players create stacks of cards by matching either the suit or the rank.
Card games for 2 players
As the name suggests, the purpose of Speed is to be fast! For this 2-person game, players each have a stack of cards and the goal is to get rid of them as fast as you can.
War is just the opposite of speed. The goal is to collect all the cards. Players flip over the cards – higher wins. If there’s a match, players use a series of cards to battle.
GOPS stands for Game of Pure Strategy. Both players have a suit of cards and battle to see who has the higher card. You choose which card to play, but remember that your opponent has the same 13 cards!
Just like the outdoor game, in Golf players take 9 rounds to get the lowest score possible. This can be played with 2 to 4 players.
James Bond is an easy game to learn for 2 to 4 players, but it goes quickly. Each player has a handful of cards and grabs from the center without taking turns.
Beggar My Neighbor
Beggar My Neighbor is similar to Slap Jack. A group of 2 to 4 players goes around a circle flipping over cards and face cards change the number of cards you play.
Card games for 3 or more players
In King’s Corner, each player tries to get rid of cards in an alternating red and black pattern. Whoever gets rid of all their cards first wins.
Play Go Fish with a group of kids in any age range. Players ask for cards to make matching sets and whoever gets the most wins.
We’ve heard this game called Trash or Garbage. The goal is to line up your cards in number order, so it’s perfect for practicing number recognition.
If you’re not sure you want your kids yelling BS, you can call this game Baloney instead. This card game is all about bluffing – and calling your friends out when you catch them.
Egyptian Ratscrew is another one that you might want to rename. (We called it Rat Slap.) This one has a lot of variations and after you’ve played for a while, you might want to come up with your own.
Grab a handful of spoons along with a deck of cards to play Spoons. Players must grab one when they see that someone has made a set. Younger kids will enjoy the Pig version, where instead of grabbing a spoon they simply touch their noses.
Rummy uses 2 decks of cards, including the Jokers. Each card has a value, played in groups to earn points.
The goal of Old Maid is to get rid of all your cards first – and avoid the Joker. Players do this by collecting cards from other players to make pairs.
Hearts is a fun game for 3 to 7 players. Each person passes cards to another player and everyone is trying to avoid getting the hearts.
Crazy Eights can be played with a few variations. Players take turns discarding cards based on suit or rank – and 8s are wild cards.
Snap is a game that can be played with 2 to 6 players. Players flip over cards and make stacks, but keep an eye on everyone to call snap if they see a pair.
This long list of card games is sure to include some your family will enjoy. Play a few on family game night and teach kids some they can play on their own. And be sure to save this post for the next time you need a new game to play!
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