Card games are great for
traveling because a deck of cards is easy to transport anywhere, and there
are so many different games you can play. Here are two of our family's
favorite card games:
How to play "Crazy 8's"
I have found that the very basic
version is the best one to play with kids who are learning card games for
the first time. It can be played with 2 or more players and a standard
deck of cards.
Object of the game:
Be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
Deal five cards to each player
(or seven cards if there are only two players). The rest of the deck
is placed face down on the table to make a stockpile, and the top card
is turned over and placed next to it. This starts the discard pile.
The player to the dealer's
left begins. He must either play a card onto the discard pile or he must
take one from the top of the stock pile. Then it's the next player's
turn going clockwise.
To play a card it must match
either the number or the suit as the card on the top of the discard pile.
For example, if the top of the discard pile is a 6 of diamonds, then a
six or any diamond may be played. If it is a king of hearts, then any king
or a heart may be played.
Eights are wild (and crazy!)
and may be played on any card. The player who plays an eight must state
the suit which must be played next. For example, if you play an eight you
can say, "hearts", and the next player must play a heart. If he is unable
to play a heart, then he must draw from the pile. Tip: Save your 8's for
when you don't have anything else to play.
The first player who gets
rid of all their cards wins!
penalty points for all cards left in your hand after someone wins. Face
cards count as 10 points; eights count as 50 points, and all number cards
count as face value. Play until someone gets 500 penalty points.
or Last Card: When a player has only one card left in his hand he must
announce it to the other players. Failure to announce before the next person
plays a card results in them having to draw from the stockpile.
cards: Normally your turn is over if you draw a card. Some variations
allow a drawn card to be played immediately if it is a legal play. Some
allow more than one card to be drawn - either up to a certain number of
cards, or others require you to continue drawing indefinitely until you
two decks for lots of players.
Maid" Card Game
This game can be played with
2 to 8 players and a regular deck of cards.
Object of the game:
Avoid being the last player who ends up with the Old Maid card.
Remove three of the queens
from the deck. The remaining queen is the Old Maid. (Or you can use a special
deck sold just for playing this game). Deal all the cards as evenly
as possible among all the players. It's ok if some players end up with
more cards than others.
Everyone looks at their cards
and discards any pairs that they have (such as 2 Kings, 2 sixes, etc.).
Lay the discarded ones face up. If you have 3 of a kind you can only discard
two of them.
Starting with the dealer,
each player takes turns offering his hand facedown to the player on his
left. That person randomly takes one the cards and adds it to his own hand
without showing anyone. If it makes a pair, they are discarded. That player
then offers his hand facedown to the next player, and so on. Players
are allowed to mix up their hand before offering it to the next player.
Eventually all the cards
will be paired up and discarded except for the Old Maid (the odd Queen).
The player who is left holding the queen is the "Old Maid" and loses the
It's fun to watch kids try
to keep a "poker face" when they draw the Old Maid from someone's hand!
Pairs may only be discarded when the colors match (red pairs and black
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