15 Simple and Interesting Card Games for Kids

15 Fun and Easy Card Games for Kids

Nowadays, children hardly play any indoor games. To them, games mean mobile games and surfing the internet. Indoor games common a decade ago, like ‘Snakes and Ladder’, ‘Carrom’, ‘Monopoly’, or ‘Card games’, are close to extinction today. Remember when you played board games with your siblings during those summer vacations? What a time it was! Playing games and enjoying ourselves with our cousins—those were the things we looked forward to in Summer. Don’t you think your children are missing that fun? Of course they are! Well, it’s time you bring back those times and introduce these games to your children. Start with card games, you will have umpteen options, and your kids will never get bored. Here are some amazing card games for kids that you can play with your child, and believe us, he is going to love them!

15 Simple Card Games for Children

You can introduce these kids card games on game night, which is perfect for family bonding time! Playing card games like number cards is an excellent parent-child bonding activity that can challenge your child’s cognitive development. Even if you’re at a party or the airport, playing card games for kids keeps them engaged, and it’s loads of fun!

1. Go Fish

Go fish is an exciting game and it gives an opportunity for older kids to learn how to memorize the other player’s cards.

Age Range: Seven and above

Number of Players: Two or more

How To Play

  • Deal the cards.
  • If there are two to three player, each player gets seven cards. More than three players, each player gets five cards.
  • The remaining cards are set to face down in the middle to form the fish stack.
  • Players sort their cards into groups of like cards (numbers, faces, etc).
  • Player on the dealer’s left plays first, asking another player for a card to match those in their hands.
  • When a player requests a card to another person, and that person has it, he must hand that card to the person who asked for it.
  • The requester can ask the same player or any other player for cards until they say “go fish,” meaning that they don’t have the card asked by the first player.
  • The player who makes the request must then draw a card from the fish stack.
  • The player who says “Go fish!” plays next.
  • When a player collects the same cards in a set, he will put them face down.

Winner:

  • The first player to complete the set and have no cards left.
  • If two people are out of cards at the same time, the player with the most sets wins the game.

Four aces

2. Snap

A fun and noisy family card game that can go on forever.

Age Range: Six and above

Number of Players: Two or more players

How To Play

  • Deal out all the cards, face-down.
  • Not looking at the cards, set them in a stack in front facing down.
  • The first player to the left of the dealer takes the top card, flips it over, and places it face-up next to his own stack.
  • The next player does the same and so do the other players as their turn comes.
  • The game continues until a player notices that two same cards on top of any of the face-up stack.
  • Whoever notices this, shouts, “Snap!”
  • That person who shouts “Snap” at first, will receive all the cards of the matched stack and will add them to the bottom of his own face-down stack.
  • The play continues from the person on the left.
  • If at any point, a player runs out of cards in their face-down pile, they can overturn the face-up stack and start again.
  • In case of a tie, the stacks are combined and placed in the middle to form a “snap pool”.
  • The game continues until someone turns up a card, which matches the top card in the snap pool.
  • Whoever shouts “Snap pool!” first, takes the whole pool.
  • If a player incorrectly calls “Snap!” at any point, they must give every player one card from their face-down stack.
  • When a player is out of both face-up and face-down cards, he’ll be out of the game.

Winner: The person who gets all the cards wins.

3. Memory

Also known as Concentration, this is a fun card game for people of all ages.

Age Range: Three and up

Number of Players: Two or more

How To Play

  • Shuffle and place the cards, spreading them face down on the table.
  • With kids, lay down the cards out in a grid format to make it easier to remember where the cards are.
  • The objective is to find matching pairs. The player needs to remember where the cards are when they’re turned over.
  • Players take turns turning over two cards.
  • The player who finds the matching pair gets to keep it and play again.
  • If not, the play passes to the next player.
  • It ends when everything has been paired up and removed.
  • Each player will then count the number of cards they have collected.

Winner: The player with the most number of pairs wins the game.

4. Slapjack

A great children’s card game, if unsupervised, will get loud, but is a lot of fun and easy to play.

Age Range: Five and up

Number of Players: Two to five

How To Play

  • Deal the cards, face-down, to all the players.
  • It’s all right if some players have more or fewer cards.
  • The person who is on the left side of the dealer begins the game by flipping the top card of his pile and by keeping it face-up in the centre of the table.
  • All the players will flip the top card of their stack and place it in the centre to make a face-up pile.
  • The game continues until someone plays a “jack”.
  • All the players must attempt to place their hand over the face-up pile first.
  • The first player who places his palm on the face-up pile takes the pile and adds it to the bottom of his stack.
  • The game continues with the player to the left, who starts a new pile.
  • If a player is out of cards, he can remain in the game by placing his palm down on the next “jack” first. If he fails, then he is out of the game.

Winner: The last person left wins.

5. Crazy Eights

An amazing, challenging card game for kids of all ages.

Age Range: Five and up

Number of Players: Two to four

How To Play

  • Deal the cards.
  • If there are two to three players, each player gets seven cards. If more than three players, each player gets five cards.
  • The remaining cards are set to face-down in the middle to form the draw pile.
  • Take the top card from the draw pile and place it next to it to begin the discard pile.
  • The player on the dealer’s left must match the top card on the discard pile in number or face.
  • If the player doesn’t have a match, they can play an eight and name the suit in play.
  • Eight can be played on any card and the person having it can nominate a suit.
  • If a player has neither a match nor an eight, then draw a card until they get one.

Winner: The person who has nothing left, wins.

Kids playing cards

6. Beggar My Neighbour

A game of luck that gets exciting when set on a time limit.

Age Range: Six and up

Number of Players: Two to six

How To Play

  • Deal the cards one at a time. It’s all right if some players have more cards than the others.
  • The players collect their cards and put them in a face-down stack, not looking at it.
  • The one who sits to the left of the dealer places their top card face-up in the centre.
  • Moving clockwise, each player will add one card to the central stack until someone turns up a face card; Ace, Jack, Queen, or King.
  • This player can demand payment from the next player:
    – Ace gets four cards
    – King gets three cards
    – Queen will get two cards
    – Jack gets one card
  • The payment cards will be placed on the central stack.
  • If a face card is flipped over, then the next player to the left has to pay up.
  • The game continues until payment is complete without face cards.
  • The last player who turned up a face card will take the entire central stack and puts it at the bottom of their own.
  • The last player begins the next round, and the game starts all over again.

Winner: The player who goes out first by using up all his cards.

7. Sequence

A card games that can be played by everyone. The only point to note, every single player must be patient and should pay attention while playing this game.

Age Range: Six and up

Number of Players: Two to five

How To Play

  • The cards in this game are ranked in numerical order and face order. A sequence is when cards are in order of the same suit.
  • Deal the entire deck, face down, to the players.
  • It’s all right if some players have an unequal number of cards.
  • The player on the dealer’s left should place the lowest card in their hand face-up.
  • The player with the following card in the sequence of the same suit plays next.
  • Players continue playing until they get the ‘Ace’ of the suit.
  • The last player starts the next sequence by putting out the lowest card.
  • The player will get another turn if a player plays a card that cannot be followed.

Winner: The person who has no cards left, wins.

Cards in sequence

8. Menagerie

Also known as ‘Animals’, this noisy and fun card game is perfect for kids’ party.

Age Range: Six and up

Number of Players: Four or more

How To Play

  • Every player must choose an animal name and write it on slips of paper. They are then folded and put into a basket or box.
  • Each player takes a slip, and the name of the animal they get is theirs for the game.
  • Bonus, now everyone learns the names of all the animals.
  • Deal the cards, face-down in a clockwise manner to all the players.
  • It’s all right if some players have an unequal number of cards.
  • Players will then put their cards in a face-down stack and not look at it.
  • The player on the left of the dealer will flip his top card over to start a face-up pile.
  • Every player will then do the same.
  • If the players notice that another player’s card is the same as that of the flipped over a card, they must then shout out the name of the animal of the other player three times.
  • Whoever succeeds to shout out correctly gets that player’s face-up stack and places it below their own.
  • If the player calls out the wrong name, they must give their face-up cards to the player whose name was yelled out.

Winner: The player who gets all the cards.

9. My Ship Sails

This game is fun when it is played at a quick speed.

Age Range: Six and up

Number of Players: Four to seven

How To Play

  • Each player is dealt seven cards face down. The remaining cards are not required.
  • Each player has to collect seven cards of the same suit.
  • The cards of the player must be hidden, sorted by their suits, and they have to decide which suit they should collect.
  • The player can change their mind on which suit will be collected as the game proceeds.
  • Each player puts an unwanted card face down on the table. The player on the right side must pick up this card.
  • When a player’s hand has one suit set, they must shout, “My Ship Sails!”

Winner: The player with a complete suit set will yell “My Ship Sails!”

10. Sevens

This game is also known as Fan Tan, Card Dominoes, or Parliament.

Age Range: Six and up

Number of Players: Two or more

How To Play

  • Deal the cards, face-down in a clockwise manner to all the players.
  • Players must sort their cards into sequences in each suit.
  • The player with the ‘7 of Diamonds’ starts the game by putting down the card in the centre.
  • Each player adds a diamond card to the sequence.
  • This can go from either from lower card to a higher or vice versa.
  • If the sequence is going up, the cards must be placed to the left of the seven.
  • If the sequence is going down, the cards must be placed to the right of the seven.
  • Similarly, a new sequence can be started if other players have a seven of another suit.
  • A player can skip their turn if they do not have a card to play.

Winner: The first person to use up all their cards win.

For children, card games are easy, fun, and engaging! They can be played anywhere with their friends or with you as a family.

11. Go Fish Bonanza

A delightful twist on the classic game of Go Fish, Go Fish Bonanza adds excitement with wild cards and creative themes.

Age Range: 4-8 years old

Number of Players: 2-6 players

How to Play

  • Each player is dealt 5 cards; the rest form the draw pile.
  • Players take turns asking each other for specific cards (e.g., “Do you have any sea creatures?”).
  • If the asked player has the card, they must give it to the asker.
  • If not, the asker draws from the pile.
  • Wild cards (e.g., “Treasure Chest”) add fun twists, like stealing cards from opponents.
  • The game continues until all matches are made, and the player with the most pairs wins.

Winner: The player with the most pairs wins at the end of the game.

12. Shape Shuffle Showdown

Shape Shuffle Showdown is a fast-paced card game that challenges kids’ pattern recognition and speed.

Age Range: 5-9 years old

Number of Players: 2-4 players

How to Play

  • Shuffle the deck and deal five cards to each player.
  • Flip over a central card to start the game.
  • Players race to match the central card’s shape, colour, or both with one of their cards.
  • The first to slap the central card and play a matching card wins that round.
  • Collect the central cards you’ve won.
  • The game continues until the deck is empty.
  • The player with the most central cards wins.

Winner: The player with the most central cards wins at the game’s end.

13. Dino Match-Up

Dino Match-Up is a memory card game that takes kids through the prehistoric era.

Age Range: 4-7 years old

Number of Players: 2-4 players

How to Play

  • Use a deck of cards featuring different dinosaur illustrations.
  • Shuffle and place the cards face down in a grid formation.
  • Players flip over two cards simultaneously to find matching dinosaur pairs.
  • They keep the cards and take another turn if they find a match.
  • If not, they flip the cards back face down.
  • The game continues until all pairs are found.
  • The player with the most pairs wins.

Winner: The player with the most dinosaur pairs wins at the end of the game.

14. Magical Potion Mix-Up

In Magical Potion Mix-Up, young wizards and witches concoct mystical potions by matching colourful ingredient cards.

Age Range: 6-10 years old

Number of Players: 2-6 players

How to Play

  • Use a deck of cards with various potion ingredients, each with unique colours and shapes.
  • Shuffle and deal five cards to each player.
  • Place the remaining cards face down as the draw pile.
  • Players take turns drawing a card and trying to match the colour or shape of the previous card played.
  • Special cards like “Double Brew” allow players to play two cards simultaneously.
  • The first player to empty their hand of cards wins.

Winner: The first player to empty their hand of cards wins the game.

15. Game Name: Robot Repair Crew

Robot Repair Crew is a cooperative card game where players work together to fix malfunctioning robots.

Age Range: 7-12 years old

Number of Players: 2-4 players

How to Play

  • Use a deck of cards featuring different robot parts and tools.
  • Shuffle and create a robot assembly area with a face-up robot card.
  • Players take turns drawing cards and attempting to match robot parts to the assembly area.
  • Players can also use tool cards to fix broken parts.
  • The goal is to complete the robot before running out of cards.
  • Players win if the robot is fixed; if the cards run out before the robot is complete, they lose.

Winner: Players win as a team if they successfully repair the robot.

For children, card games are easy, fun, and engaging! They can be played anywhere with their friends or with you as a family.

What Are the Benefits of Card Games for Children?

Card games for children are not just a source of entertainment; they offer many benefits that contribute to their cognitive, social, and emotional development. These games engage young minds while fostering crucial skills and qualities. Below, we explore four key advantages of card games for kids.

1. Cognitive Skills Enhancement

Card games require children to use critical thinking, memory, and problem-solving abilities. Games like Memory or Uno help improve memory and concentration, while more complex games like Bridge or Rummy enhance strategic thinking and planning.

2. Math Skills Development

Many card games involve basic math concepts such as counting, addition, subtraction, and probability. Kids naturally practice and improve these skills as they play, making card games enjoyable to reinforce mathematical understanding.

3. Social Interaction and Communication

Card games encourage social interaction and cooperation among children. Playing cards with friends or family members promotes communication, sportsmanship, and the development of teamwork and negotiation skills. These interactions are essential for building healthy relationships.

4. Patience and Resilience Building

Card games often involve an element of chance, where players must accept both wins and losses gracefully. This teaches children patience, resilience, and emotional control as they learn to handle setbacks and celebrate successes in a supportive and enjoyable context.

5. Rule Adherence and Following Directions

Card games have rules that must be followed. Learning and adhering to these rules teach children the importance of following instructions, respecting boundaries, and understanding the consequences of rule-breaking, valuable lessons for life beyond the game table.

How to Teach Your Child to Play Card Games?

Teaching your child to play card games is a wonderful way to introduce them to the world of strategy, critical thinking, and social interaction. Whether it’s classics like Go Fish or more complex games like Uno or Crazy Eights, the process can be both fun and educational. Here’s how you can guide your child into card games.

1. Start with Simple Games

Begin with card games with straightforward rules suitable for their age and skill level. Classics like Go Fish, Crazy Eights, or War are excellent choices. These games help children grasp the basics of card play, such as taking turns and matching cards.

2. Explain the Rules Clearly

When introducing a new game, take the time to explain the rules clearly and concisely. Use simple language and, if needed, demonstrate the game with a few sample rounds. Encourage questions and offer to clarify any doubts they may have.

3. Practice Patience and Encourage Learning

Understand that your child may need a few rounds to grasp a game’s rules and strategies fully. Be patient, and avoid the temptation always to let them win. Encourage learning from their mistakes and celebrating their successes, fostering a healthy attitude towards competition.

4. Gradually Introduce Complex Games

Introduce progressively more complex ones as your child becomes more comfortable with card games. Games like Uno, Crazy Eights, or simple variations of Rummy are excellent choices. These children’s card games offer strategic thinking, decision-making, and more advanced card play opportunities.

How to Choose Card Games for Kids?

Selecting good card games for your kids is essential to ensure they have a positive and enjoyable gaming experience. Whether you’re looking for educational value or pure entertainment, there are factors to consider when choosing card games that align with your child’s age, interests, and skill level.

1. Age-Appropriate Games

When choosing card games for kids, consider their age and developmental stage. Look for games with age recommendations on the packaging. Younger children typically enjoy simple matching games, while older kids can handle more complex games with strategy elements.

2. Educational Value

Card games can offer valuable learning experiences. Some games teach math skills, pattern recognition, and memory, while others focus on strategic thinking and decision-making. Choose games that align with your child’s educational needs and interests.

By considering these factors, you can select card games that are age-appropriate, engaging, and educational for your children.

Following these steps, you can make teaching card games enjoyable and educational for your child, fostering their cognitive and social development while having fun together. These easy and fun card games for kids help in a child’s cognitive development and are a must-try for logic-smart-oriented kids. To understand more about your child’s ‘smarts’ and enhance his overall development, try FirstCry Intellikit – active learning for little ones.

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