Here’s a collection of 15 fun games to play with a deck of cards! These are card games that kids can learn and families can play together.

Transform your family into a game family with these games, perfect for ages 4 to 16. As in Hearts and Spades and many other card games, players try to avoid getting stuck with a lot of points. One of the first board games we played together as a family, Labyrinth is simple enough for anyone to grasp. The game board is a maze and you must collect a set of treasures based on the cards you.

One thing to keep in mind about card games is that many games are called by several different names. So you may get partway through the rules on any of these and realize that you know that game by another name. It’s just kind of how it goes with card games!

How to Play California Speed from It’s Always Autumn. This is a two player game.

Here’s how to play Kings in the Corner – looks like an interesting game!

How to Play Spoons from Coffee Cups and Crayons. You have to try this one!

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Go Fish is another great classic game for kids. There are lots of Go Fish card sets, but here’s How to Play Go Fish with a deck of cards.

And another classic – how to play War!

Help Your Neighbor is one of our favorite games because it’s equally fun for young kids and adults. Ages 4+ can handle this one! You’ll need poker chips as well as decks of cards and dice.

How to Play Hearts – this is a good game to start with amongst the trick-taking games.

Spades is another classic trick-taking game.

How to Play Three Thirteen – this game has several rounds, and the wild card changes every time so you have to pay attention! Fun for a wide range of ages.

How to Play Golf – I had not heard of this one, but it looks good!

The Bicycle Cards website has instructions for how to play rummy.

When I was growing up, we used to play Push Rummy, which is a fun variation on the basic rummy game.

Nerts is another fun and fast-paced card game! I love this one because there is no waiting for turns. Everyone plays all the time! In my opinion, the game works best with two teams of two (four players). Each team needs their own deck of cards.

How to Play James Bond – I’m really curious to try this one! Looks fun, and there is a video explanation which is helpful.

My husband grew up playing lots of Canasta and loved it. Here’s how to play Canasta from the Bicycle cards website.

Fit in a little math learning by playing a few rounds of Make Ten.

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  1. I was just planning to introduce games to our family nights and I found this perfect article thanks dear for sharing these game ideas.

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  2. I’m a grandma trying to find alternatives to electronics for my 4 grandkids ages 5-9 thank you!

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  3. We play a LOT of Golf (also called Army but no one knows why). It's fun, doesn't take a lot of concentration, and is fun to socialize while playing.

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  4. My son -in-law is color blind so, playing any game is hard. I taught our family over Thanksgiving James Bond. He loved it and was very competitive. It is a great game for people of all ages.

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  5. at 88 years old and a disabled veteran my days are spent playing all kinds of card games with friends and family,thank you Hoyle card company.

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  6. I love Nertz definitely the best game for competitive or big families . If you are looking for a high speed fun game that’s the one !!!

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Looking for family card games? Try this fun one called Play or Pay. Printable instructions included below.

We’re back with another card game to try out with your family. So far, we have shared: Knock, Ripple , Chase the Ace,Bluff and Nerts. This easy card game doesn’t involve keeping score. It’s quick and fun, a perfect activity to do indoors. It’s also a great way to use up extra Easter or leftover candy! Check out How to Play Mexican Train and Tenzi too.

Want more ideas for what to do indoors with preschoolers? Kids? Teens?

To start, you will need: Draftkings minimum deposit.

  • 2+ players
  • 1 regular decks of cards – if playing with more people you’ll need to add another deck of cards.
  • Candy or anything you want to use for tokens (optional)
OBJECT OF THE GAME
The object of the game is to go out first.
HOW TO DEAL
The dealer will deal the entire deck, one at a time, face down. One player may have an extra card depending on how may players there are. All the cards are dealt and there is no stockpile for this game.
**Variation: have the person who has less cards, add a candy/token to the middle to even things out.

HOW TO PLAY

  • Start with the person to the left of the dealer, each person must play a card if possible: they either start a row of a suit or they add on to a row.
    Note: There will only be 4 piles with the 4 suits.
  • All cards played remain face up on the table, arranged in four rows of the four suits.
  • The first player may play any card (you do not have to start with A or 2).
  • The sequence in the suit must be built up until all thirteen cards are played, and the sequence in the suit is continuous.
    For example: J, Q, K, A, 2, etc. or 3,4,5,6,7,8…
  • The turn to play rotates to the left and if a person is unable to play in turn, they put one candy/token (whatever you want to use) in the pot (middle).
  • Play continues until one person goes out (plays his/her last card). S/he wins the candy/token in the middle.

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If you’d rather not play with candy or tokens, you could just keep a simple tally of who wins the round.

I created a printable version of these rules so that you can download and refer to:

Download this set of game rules. For personal use only.

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Over the years we’ve received several fun family games. Here are some of our newer favorites:

Family Card Games To Play With A Deck Of Cards

  1. Cover Your Assets: a Christmas gift, this game is so much fun! It’s easy to play for people of all ages. We’re huge fans of all of Grandpa Beck’s games.
  2. Skull King: chalk another one up to Grandpa Beck – this one is a little more confusing, takes some getting used to.
  3. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza : this is a recent one that I got during a flash sale. I kept seeing people talk about it and thought it was worth a try. It’s fun, simple and good for kids of all ages.
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