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

Instructions: Deal the cards out completely, face-down - don't worry if the numbers are uneven. The player to the left of the dealer starts by turning the card on the top of his pack face-up in the centre of the table. Play continues with each player adding a card to the face-up pile, until somebody turns up a Jack, at which point all players try to be the first to "slap" their hand over the stack. Whoever gets their hand there first takes the pile and adds it to the bottom of their pack.

The player to their left starts a new face-up pile, and play continues.

If you lose all your cards you have one more chance to stay in the game, by slapping the next Jack that appears. If you miss that one, you are out for good!

The last person in is the winner.

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