Instructions For Kaboodl Card Game

By Lori D. Fairchild

Put the K’bosh on your friend by playing Kaboodl, a card game made by Mattel. This game, recommended for ages 7 and up, requires the players to match the cards in their hand to the cards in the Kaboodl. Earning the Kaboodl cards racks up the points, but watch out because opponents can steal your Kaboodl cards with a K’baam card.

Setting up the game

Separate the Kaboodl cards from the rest of the deck. These cards are slightly thicker than the other cards. Place the Kaboodl cards face-up in the center of the table. Deal seven cards to each player, and place the remaining cards face down on the table to create the draw pile.

Playing the game

Draw enough cards to make eight cards in your hand on your turn. The first round, everyone will only need to draw one card. In subsequent rounds, some players may need to draw all eight.

Pick up as many Kaboodl cards as you have cards in your hand to match. The Kaboodl cards have three items on them—a color, dots and a creature. If you have cards in your hands that match all three characteristics on a Kaboodl card, lay down your three cards in the discard pile and pick up the Kaboodl card. You may use a wild card to replace any card in the deck except a K'baam or a K'bosh card.

Lay down any cards you have that make three of a kind or four of a kind. Keep these in front of you as they will be worth points at the end of the game.

Play any K’baam cards, if you choose. K’baam cards allow you to steal another player’s Kaboodl cards. Your opponent can stop you from taking their Kaboodl cards if they play a K’bosh card after you play your K’baam card. When playing a K’baam or K’bosh card, players must yell the word out loud as they play the card.

Scoring the game

Once all the Kaboodl cards have been picked up, the game is over. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. Each player receives five points for Kaboodl cards, five points for sets of three and 10 points for sets of four. For each card left in a player’s hand, subtract one point.

About the Author

Based in suburban Kansas City, Lori Fairchild has been writing and editing for 15 years, primarily for trade publications. Her work has been published in "The Packer" and "Ingram's" magazine. She has bachelor's degrees from the University of Missouri in journalism and history as well as a master's in library science.