3 Card Games That Rock

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I love card games. Of all the games there are to play with your children, they are some of the best. Oh, let me count the ways.

  • Card games are easily portable, small enough to slip into a purse.
  • They are generally affordable, often about $5.
  • Card games do not usually contain hundreds of little pieces to lose or step on in the middle of the night.
  • With a card board, playing with little ones is easy peasy.

We had a discussion the other night about card games. I asked the kids what their favorite games were to play. Answers bounced all over the place.

Here are a few of our family faves:

Skipbo – FishPapa and I started playing this over 15 years ago when my French “brother” came to visit. Only then, we called it, “skeep – bo.” It was a few years before the first FishBoy could play it with us. But, I’m thinking we started him (and subsequent children) in on it at around age 6. My guys love to play this together.

Uno – How OLD is this game? I remember playing it with my cousin Kristin in my Aunt Peg’s basement thirty years ago.

I can’t believe I just said that. How OLD am I?

Uno is a classic; that is for sure.

Blink is a fast-paced game that even the youngest of people can play. I think our youngest was about three when we started playing. As long as they can count or match shapes and colors, they can play — and win.

And winning is pretty cool when you’re one of the smaller kids on the block.

What card games does YOUR family love to play?

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  1. Thanks for this post! We love playing Mickey Mouse UNO with our 5 & 3 year olds…but are always looking for new card games, especially with Christmas right around the corner. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for Blink & Skipbo!

  2. I love the practicality of your posts. Just printed the directions for card boards. I’m going to ask my dad to make some of these. It would make a great project for him to do with my son. I think these would be great to give as birthday gifts with a card game.

  3. Dutch Blitz!!!! I think it’s my favorite and not the family’s though! 😉 For our family it would probably be Uno.

  4. We are current fans of old maid and go fish… good ole standards!!! We of course have the princess version, that makes it more fun!

  5. We discovered a card game called “There’s a Moose in the House” this summer. It is a lot of fun, fun for adults as well as children. This game and UNO are the first games we have played with our kids other than candyland, etc. It is nice to have games that truly are fun to play with the kids.

  6. Dutch Blitz! The BEST card game ever!!!! If you like Skip-Bo you really need to check out Dutch Blitz!

  7. Um, I’ve only played these games as a college student (and it can get pretty colorful) but I believe both games can be played tastefully with children that are at least in elementary school.

    In A Pickle
    Apples to Apples

    There’s a small chance you may need to go through the cards, but I don’t think there’s anything bad in them. Basically, In A Pickle has a bunch of cards with nouns on them and you have to keep going and saying something that can go IN something else. So the cards might be

    Solar System

    etc, etc… because sometimes you get those clever cards that throw the whole thing for a loop!!

    Apples to Apples can get pretty funny too, but I sometimes ran into names and events I didn’t know much about, even in my 20s. There are cards that get drawn that are adjectives and everyone has a number of cards in their hands that are nouns… anything from tree to Helen Keller. The adjective might be Outrageous and people might put down things like television, Michael Jackson, orange, and any other number of things that might be the most outrageous card they have in their hand. Sometimes you don’t have anything, so you put down something funny and that card ends up winning! Whoever’s turn it is gets to judge and after you get to know the judges, the game gets really interesting! You know who is logical and who is silly. 🙂 The winner is the first to get to 4 wins, or any other number depending on the number of players.

    We LOVE board games!! 😀

  8. We play monopoly deal with our kids. They really enjoy it. It’s definitely much easier than dragging out the board game to play but it still teaches to be a gracious winner and loser.

    I really like this because with a larger than average household sometimes it is difficult to find games to play together. Games that I played as a child like Sorry simply do not accomodate 6 people.

  9. I have been playing Phase 10 for practically my whole life. As an only child who often went along with my parents to various events, I learned to play Phase 10 at a very young age. I’ve played the normal way, where you just play it level by level. I’ve also played it “Cut-Throat” where you have to pass the level before you advance. Either way is tons of fun!

  10. Years ago, when my sister and I were in a “rollercoaster stage” and had season passes to the local amusement park, we’d take a deck of cards with us and play War when standing in line. Great entertainment, made us laugh, and made the line waiting go so much faster!

  11. Last year for Christmas my 8 yo dd got “Sleeping Queens” and it quickly became a family favorite. The 4, 6, and 8 yr olds can all play by themselves too, which makes it a plus. The game was made by an 8 year old girl and involves math too!

  12. Phase 10! We always played this at family gatherings with my great-grandmother up until the very end of her life. She just passed away this summer at 98. I know we’ll continue to play in her memory.

  13. We love Phase10, though it takes a while to play. We have also played lots of Hand and Foot (referred to affectionately in our family as “Hoof and Mouth”), which uses regular cards, instructions available online. My husband also recently found a card game called Lost Cities that is quite different from any other card game I’ve played – very fun, though really only good for a couple people.