Card Games

Sometimes in these days of computers, video consoles, electronic robots and other expensive toys we forget that a simple pack of cards (or two) can provide hours of fun.

Cards are inexpensive, easily portable and endlessly adaptable. Families can enjoy a game together, kids can play in groups on their own, and a solitary child can while away the hours playing solitaire games or building card houses. Please browse our suggestions of card games for kids below...

Beggar My Neighbour

Beggar My Neighbour

Beggar My Neighbour is one of the all-time favourite children's card games. It is an exciting game of luck, best played to a time limit. The rules are below:

Go Fish

Go Fish

Go Fish is a card game of chance and skill for two or more players. Younger children will just enjoy the excitement of it; older kids will begin to learn to try to memorize what cards the other players have.

Memory

Memory

Also known as Concentration, this card game is an old stand-by which can be adapted for all ages and abilities of children and is great for improving concentration and memory skills.

Menagerie

Menagerie

Be prepared for a lot of noise with this card game, which is also known as "Animals". Great fun!

Number of Players: 4+

My Ship Sails

My Ship Sails

This is an easy card game for kids of all ages (from about 6 up) which is best and most exciting when played at high speed.

Old Maid

Old Maid

A popular and easy card game for three or more children. It makes a good starter card game for kids. Also called "Pass The Lady".

Pig

Pig

This is a brilliant starter game for children, who enjoy the rhythm (once they get the hang of it) and the silliness of it all. It is one game that even the youngest child doesn't seem to mind losing, which makes it a real winner!

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This card game for kids can be a lot of fun but also very frustrating: just when you are about to win, you can find yourself right back at square one!

Sequence

Sequence

This game is easy to learn, making a good starter card game for younger kids, but nevertheless requires concentration and patience..

Sevens

Sevens

Also known as Card Dominoes, Parliament or Fan Tan, this is an exiting card game which is simple for children to learn quickly.

Slapjack

Slapjack

This is an easy card game - suitable for very young children - but it can get wild and start off a few sibling arguments! You might want to supervise young children.

Number of players: 2 to 5

Age: 5+

Cards: Standard deck

Snap

Snap

Snap is popular, noisy and liable to go on forever! A fast game for the whole family, requiring quick reflexes and sharp observation.

Number of Players: 2+

Snip Snap Snorem

Snip Snap Snorem

This is a popular - and noisy - card matching game, suitable for younger children and mixed age groups.

Number of players: 3+

Stealing Bundles

Stealing Bundles

Also known as Stealing The Old Man's Bundle, this unpredictable game is very popular with kids, who love being able to steal each other's cards! It is an early version of Casino.

Number of Players: 2 - 4

Age Range: 6+

War

War

War makes an easy introduction to card playing for kids without too many rules to complicate the game.

Number of Players: 2 (although 3 can play with our variation below)

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