7 Easy Card Games for Kids | If you're looking for simple and fun family game night ideas, playing cards is always a great option. There are so many games you can play with a deck of cards, with single player, 2 player, and multiple player options for all levels. If you have kids in preschool or kindergarten, you've probably already tried the basics like memory, matching, and Uno. This post is a step above, and includes the best family card games for 2 or more players!

If you’re looking for easy card games for kids, you’ve come to the right place!

Like many other parents I know, I’ve spent the last year or so searching for new and exciting games and activities we can enjoy together as a family. I’ve collected tons of ideas over the last several months, from bottle painting projects, to outdoor science experiments, to easy origami tutorials, to pencil shaving art, to washi craft ideas, but I couldn’t seem to find something ALL of us were equally interested in.

And then I bought this set of card games for kids, and our lives changed forever, lol.

As it turns out, playing cards is our jam, and it feels so nice to finally have an activity the 3 of us genuinely enjoy and look forward to!

We started with the basics – Go Fish and Old Maid – and then we decided it was time to ditch the kids cards and get serious. I ordered a couple of decks of regular playing cards on Amazon, and set to work re-teaching myself how to play my favorite card games for kids so I could introduce them to my daughter.

All of these card games for kids have been a hit and the 3 of us play cards almost every night after dinner these days. It’s so fun and a great way to spend quality time together.

7 Easy Card Games for Kids

SNAP

Number of Players: 2+

Object of the Game: Win all of the cards

How to Play:

The dealer deals the entire deck of cards evenly between all of the playersIf one person gets an additional card due to an uneven number of players, that’s fineTo make this game more interesting and challenging, use 2 decks when playing with more than 2 playersEach player puts their stack of cards in front of them, face downStarting with the player to the dealer’s left, each player takes turns removing a card from the top of their ‘face down pile’ and placing it facing upwards in a second, ‘face up pile’When someone turns up a card that matches the card that was played by the player before them, the first person who yells ‘SNAP!’ wins and collects all of the cards in the other player’s face up pile. These cards are added to the bottom of their own face up pileIf 2 players yell ‘SNAP!’ at the same time, both of their face up piles are moved to the center of the playing area to create a ‘snap pot’The game continues until someone turns up a card that matches one of the 2 cards at the top of the snap potThe first player to yell ‘SNAP POT!’ wins all of the cards in the snap pot, adding them to the bottom of their face up pileOnce a player runs out of cards in their face down pile, they simply turn this pile upside down without shuffling and continue playingThe player who ends up with all of the cards is the winner

SPOONS

Number of Players: 3+

Object of the Game: Players take turns trying to collect 4-of-a-kind. Once a player does this, he or she grabs a spoon and all players follow suit. The player who does not manage to grab a spoon has a letter assigned to them. Once they have collected all of the letters (S-P-O-O-N), they are out. Playing continues until there is one winner.

How to Play:

Spoons are placed in the middle of the playing areaThere should be one less spoon than there are number of players (so, if 4 people are playing, there should only be 3 spoons)The dealer deals each player 4 cardsThe remaining cards are placed in the middle of the playing area, face down into a ‘draw pile’At the beginning of each round, the dealer removes one card from the draw pile, adding it to his or her handThe player then chooses one card to pass, face down, to the player to his or her leftThis player picks the card up, and then chooses a card to pass to the player to his or her leftThe last player places their discarded card into a ‘discard pile’The dealer begins the next round by removing one card from the draw pile, adding it to his or her hand, and choosing a card to pass to the player to his or her leftIf the draw pile run out, the discard pile is shuffled and becomes the new draw pilePlaying continues until a player gets 4-of-a-kind and draws a spoonPlayers can be strategic in drawing their spoon. For example, if the other players are busy looking at their own cards, he or she may slowly draw a spoon to see who notices first. If everyone is hyper-vigilant, he or she may draw the spoon quickly insteadOnce a spoon is drawn, other players must also grab a spoonThe player who doesn’t manage to draw a spoon has a letter assigned to themOnce a player has collected all of the letters (S-P-O-O-N), they are out and a spoon is removed from the middle of the playing areaPlaying continues until there is one winner

OLD MAID

Number of Players: 2+

Object of the Game: Form pairs and avoid ending up with the Old Maid card at the end of the game

How to Play:

The dealer removes 3 queens from a standard deck of cardsThe queen that stays in the deck is the Old MaidThe dealer deals the entire deck of cards evenly between all of the playersIf one person gets an additional card due to an even number of players, that’s fineEach player picks up their cards, ensuring the other players cannot see what is in their handPlayers form pairs with their existing cards and place them on the playing area in front of themIf a player has 3-of-a-kind, they make a pair of 2 cards to place in the playing area in front of them, and keep the 3rd card in their handStarting with the player to the dealer’s left, players take turns removing a card from the hand of the person to their rightPlayers must be careful not to show their cards to the other players so that no one knows where the Old Maid isIf a player picks a card from another player and forms a match with a card they are already holding, they place the pair in the playing area in front of themPlaying continues until all pairs have been displayed on the playing tableThe player holding the Old Maid loses

WAR

Number of Players: 2

Object of the Game: Win all the cards

How to Play:

The dealer deals the cards evenly between the players, so each has a stack of 26 cardsEach player places their stack of cards face down in front of themEach player turns up a card from the top of their deck at the same timeIf 2 different cards are revealed, the player with the higher card takes both cards and puts them at the bottom of his or her deck, face downIf the cards are of the same rank (i.e. they are both 2s), it is WarEach player must then turn up 2 cards – one face up, and one face downIf 2 different cards are revealed, the player who turns up the highest card takes all of the cards (6 in total) and puts them at the bottom of his or her deck, face downIf the cards are of the same rank, each player must turn up 2 more cards – one face up, and one face down – and the person who turns up the highest card takes all of the cards (10 in total) and puts them at the bottom of his or her deck, face downThe player who ends up with all of the cards wins

GO FISH

Number of Players: 2+

Object of the Game: Win the most number of ‘books’, which are sets of 4 cards of the same rank (4 twos, 4 tens, 4 queens, etc.)

How to Play:

The dealer deals 5 cards to each player, placing the remainder of the deck face down in the middle of the playing areaStarting with the player to the dealer’s left, players take turns asking any of the other players if they have a card they are trying to make a ‘book’ withThe player must ask for cards from a specific play. For example: ‘John, do you have any 8s?’If the opponent has one or more of the requested cards, he or she must hand them to the player who askedThe player continues ‘fishing’ for cards from his or her opponents until someone does not have the requested card, at which time the opponent says, ‘Go fish!’The player removes the top card from the deck in the middle of the playing area and adds it to his or her hand and the person to his or her left starts fishingFishing continues, with players placing their ‘books’ of 4 in the playing area in front of them as they are caughtThe player with the most books at the end wins the game

CRAZY EIGHTS

Number of Players: 2+

Object of the Game: To get rid of all of your cards first

How to Play:

The dealer deals 7 cards to each player and puts the remainder of the deck face down in the middle of the playing area, forming a ‘draw pile’The dealer turns the top card over and places it next to the draw pile face up, creating a ‘discard pile’Starting with the player to the dealer’s left, players take turns adding to the discard pile by playing a card that matches either in suit (heart, diamond, etc.) or rank (2, 6, 10, queen, etc.)If a player cannot play a card from his or her hand, he or she draws cards from the draw pile until they canIf a player cannot play a card from his or her hand and the draw pile is empty, he or she passes his or her turnAll 8s are wild and can be played on any card, regardless of suit or rankAfter an 8 is played, the next player must play another 8, or a card of the same suit (heart, diamond, etc.)The player to discard all of his or her cards first wins

PEANUT BUTTER
(AKA BS, Bullshit, Cheat, I Doubt It)

Number of Players: 3+

Object of the Game: To get rid of all of your cards first

How to Play:

The dealer deals the entire deck of cards evenly between all of the playersIf one person gets an additional card due to an uneven number of players, that’s fineTraditionally, the person who has the ace of spades goes first, but you can change this (i.e. the youngest or oldest player goes first, the person to the left of the dealer goes first, etc.)Cards are discarded in rank, beginning with acesThe first player places their cards face down into the middle of the pile, announcing what card(s) they are discarding (i.e. ‘2 aces’)The next player places their cards face down into the middle of the pile, announcing what card(s) they are discarding (i.e. ‘one 2’)If a player doesn’t have a card of the correct ranking they are meant to add to the pile, they must choose an alternative card to play and attempt to fool their opponents. For example, they may claim to play a 2, but actually discard a queenIf an opponent believes the player has not been truthful, he or she yells ‘peanut butter!’ (or whatever version of the game you wish to play, lol) and the cards are flipped overIf the correct cards were played, the player who yelled ‘peanut butter’ must take the whole stack of discarded cards and add it to his or her handIf the incorrect cards were played, the player who attempted to fool the rest of the players must take the whole stack of discarded cards and add it to his or her handThe player to discard all of his or her cards first wins

I hope this collection of card games for kids brings your family as much joy as they’ve brought us over the last several weeks!

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7 Easy Card Games for Kids | If you're looking for simple and fun family game night ideas, playing cards is always a great option. There are so many games you can play with a deck of cards, with single player, 2 player, and multiple player options for all levels. If you have kids in preschool or kindergarten, you've probably already tried the basics like memory, matching, and Uno. This post is a step above, and includes the best family card games for 2 or more players!

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