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FishPapa and I have always loved to play games. I’m not sure if it stems from a lack of video and television for more than half our marriage or if we would have played Trivial Pursuit with a vengeance even with the TV in the background. But, suffice it to say, we love games.
And I hate to lose.
But, that’s a post for another day….
And even though, Mr. TV lurks in the background nowadays, we still love to play games, only now we have up to 7 players! Our favorite games to play with the family include Skip Bo, Uno, Blink — all easily portable card games.
Early on we discovered that it was difficult for young children to hold all their cards without sharing their hand with the whole world. Not a big deal with honest parents, but somewhat disconcerting once you’ve got older siblings to contend with.
Enter the Card-Board
FishPapa created a set of these “card-boards” for our toddlers and younger children to use. Similar to the Scrabble tile holders, these card-boards hold any number of cards so that little people can see their cards without laying them all out on the table.
If you’ve got a handy man — or woman — in the family, these are quite easy to make. Well, sort of. I mean, I didn’t make them. But, they look easy enough. Sort of.
Make Your Own Card-Boards
Cut several large planks out of 1×6 or 1×8 clear pine. Cut the channels with a table-saw set half-way through the material at about a 10° angle. A thin-kerf blade works best. (That just means that the blade is thin so that it doesn’t make too wide of a cut.) Sand and smooth any rough edges.
See? That wasn’t hard, was it? And you’ll have so much fun playing cards with your kids once you get tooled up with card-boards.