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Playing Card Games with Kids (Card Holding Board Tutorial)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 29, 2010 @ 1:01 am In Family Fun,Toolin' Up Tuesday | 36 Comments

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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 [6], Uno [7], Blink [8] — 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

FishPapa’s directions:

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.

Got a trick to make card games easier for young children to play?

For more brilliant ideas, visit Works for Me Wednesday [11].

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