Top 10 Best Card Games for Kids

Card games are the type of games that players play with the help of a card deck, and they are a great way to have fun with their kids, whether at home, on a trip, or at a party. Card games help families and kids to build strong relations and have fun and can also help kids develop memory, strategy, math, and social interaction skills. These games are easy to learn, fun to play, and suitable for 2 or more players. All you need is a deck of cards and some members to play!

Top 10 Card Games for Kids

Top 10 Best Card Games for Kids

1. UNO

UNO is a classic card game with 112 action cards for kids, adults, and families. The goal of the game is for the first player to get rid of all their cards by matching the color or number of the top card on the discard pile. In UNO, the special cards are Skip, Reverse, Draw Two, Wild, and Wild Draw Four, which can change the course of the game. To win UNO, players must play their last cards, and don’t forget to shout “UNO!” when you have only one card left; otherwise, they will get a penalty and must draw two more cards!

2. Go Fish

Go Fish is a simple and fun card game with a 52-card deck for young kids where players try to collect the most sets of four cards with the same face value. The game aims to collect as many sets of four cards of the same rank as possible. In Go Fish, each player gets five cards to play, and the remaining cards go face down in a pile.

Players take turns asking each other for a specific card, such as “Do you have any threes?” If the other player has the card, they must give it to the asker, who can then ask again. If not, they say, “Go fish!” the asker draws a card from the pile. The game ends when all the cards are gone, or one player has no cards left. The player with the most sets of four cards wins.

3. Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is another popular card game with 52 cards where the game objective is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards first. This can be done by playing a card that matches the suit or rank of the previous card. In Crazy Eights, two players get seven cards from a regular deck of 52 cards. If there are more than two players, they get five cards from a double deck of 104 cards.

Eights are wild and can be played on any card, and the player who plays an eight can choose the suit for the next card. If a player cannot play a card, they must draw it from the stockpile. The game ends when one player has no cards or an empty stock pile. The player with the most minor points wins.

4. Old Maid

Old Maid is a classic card game involving matching and playing cards. An Old Maid deck has 51 cards, missing one queen from a regular 52-card deck. Two or more players play it. The aim is not to be the last player with the odd queen, known as the “old maid.” To play, remove one of the queens from a standard deck of cards and shuffle the rest. Deal all the cards to the players, who then look at their cards and discard any pairs they have.

Players take turns drawing a card from the player on their right without looking at it and adding it to their hand. If they make a pair, they discard it. The game finishes when all cards match except the Old Maid card. The player with the Old Maid card loses.

5. Snap

Snap is a fast-paced and exciting card game that tests reflexes and observation skills. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards or a special deck of Snap cards with matching pictures. To play, shuffle the cards and deal them evenly among the players, who keep them face down in a pile.

Players take turns flipping over the top card of their pile and placing it face up on a central pile. If two cards on the central pile match, the first player to shout “Snap!” and slap their hand on the pile wins all the cards in the pile. If players run out of cards, they are out of the game. The game ends when one player has all the cards, or only one player is left.

6. War

War is a simple and fun card game for two players. In the game War, players get 26 cards each from 52 cards. The aim is to be the first to collect all 52 cards. The game aims to win all the cards with the higher card in each battle. To play, shuffle the cards and deal them evenly between the players, who keep them face down in a stack. Players flip over the top card of their stack simultaneously and compare them.

The player with the higher card wins both cards and adds them to the bottom of their stack. If the cards are equal, it is a war. In a war, each player places three cards face down and one card faces up, and the player with the higher face-up card wins all the cards. If the face-up cards are equal, the war continues. The game ends when one player has all the cards or when one player runs out of cards during a war.

7. Memory

Memory is a classic card game that tests your memory and concentration skills. Memory is a card game played with a deck of 52 cards and the cards are placed face down in rows and columns, and the objective is to find the most pairs. To start the game, put the cards in a grid shape. Flip the cards one by one to find matching pairs. The person with the most pairs at the end is the winner. 

To play, shuffle the cards and lay them face down in a grid. Players take turns flipping over two cards and trying to find a match. They keep the cards and have another turn if they find a match. If not, they turn the cards back over, and the next player takes a turn. The game ends when all the cards are matched, and the player with the most pairs wins.

8. Rummy

Rummy is a popular card game that involves forming sets and runs of cards and laying them down. The game can be played with two to six players using a standard deck of cards. Each player is dealt 10 cards to play; the rest are placed face down as the stockpile. The top card of the stock pile is turned over and placed next to it as the discard pile. Players take turns drawing a card from either the stock pile or the discard pile and discarding a card from their hand.

Rummy is a card game that 2-6 players can play; depending on the number of players, you can use one or two decks of cards. The game’s objective is to arrange 13 cards into sets and sequences. To win, a player must make at least two sequences, one being a pure sequence. 

The aim is to form sets of three or four cards of the same rank or runs of three or more cards of the same suit in sequence and lay them down on the table. A player can also add cards to the sets or runs laid down by themselves or other players. A player can end the game by laying down all their cards except one, which they discard.

When you go out, you score zero points. The other players earn points based on the value of the cards they still have. The player with the lowest score after several rounds wins.

9. Cheat

Cheat is a fun and bluffing card game that involves lying and deception and can be played with three to six players using a standard deck of 52 cards. To play, shuffle the cards and deal them all to the players, who keep them hidden from each other.

The player to the dealer’s left starts the game by placing one or more cards face down on the table and announcing their rank. For example, they can say “one ace” or “three fours”. The cards do not have to match the rank announced; the player can lie about them.

The next player can either accept the previous player’s claim or challenge it by saying, “Cheat!” Someone who challenges the previous player’s claim must reveal their cards. They must pick up all the cards on the table if they are lying.

The challenger must pick up all the cards if they are telling the truth. The game continues with the next player, who must place cards of the same rank as the previous player or one higher or lower. For example, if the previous player said “two fives”, the next player can say “two fives”, “two fours”, “two sixes”, or any number of these ranks. The game ends when one player loses all their cards and wins.

10. Slapjack

Slapjack is a simple and fun game involving slapping and grabbing cards; two to six players can play the game using a standard deck of 52 cards. To play, shuffle the cards and deal them evenly among the players, who keep them face down in a pile.

Players take turns flipping over the top card of their pile and placing it face up on a central pile. If a jack is flipped over, the first player to slap their hand on the pile wins all the cards in the pile. If a player slaps the pile when it is not a jack, they must give one card to the player who flipped over the card. If players run out of cards, they are out of the game. The game ends when one player has all the cards, or only one player is left.

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