Popular Children's Card Games

By Hillary Marshall
Popular Children's Card Games
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Playing children's card games is a time-honored pastime for children. Playing kids' card games also is an activity that parents can use to bond with their children. Whether you teach your kids how to play one of your favorite childhood card games or you look up some new ones, consider adding such games into your daily routine for inexpensive entertainment.

Go Fish

You can play Go Fish with a deck of cards that is made for the game or you can use a standard deck of cards to play. With two to five players, each child gets seven cards and the remaining cards are placed in the center of the table. Any matching cards get placed face up in front of the player they belong to. With a standard deck, match the suit or number. Each player takes turns asking any other player they wish if that person has a card that matches one of the cards in his own hand. For instance, Johnny might ask Katie if she has a club. If the person has the card, she must give it to the player who asked for it. If she doesn't have the card, she tells the player to "Go fish," which means the player must draw one card from the center deck. The game ends when someone matches up all his cards. The person with the most matches wins.


Uno is played with a special Uno deck of cards. Each player starts with seven cards. The rest are placed in the center of the table, and the top card from that deck is flipped face up next to it to create a discard pile. The game is similar to Crazy Eights. During a player's turn, he must play a card. He can match numbers, words or colors, such as putting a blue card on the stack if a blue card shows. He also can use a wild card to change the color. If a player cannot go, she must draw a card. The goal is for a player to accumulate 500. When a player has one card left, he must say "Uno!" If he can match his last card to the discard pile on his next turn, that hand is over and he adds up the points from the cards his opponents have. If he doesn't say "Uno!" when holding a single card and someone points it out, he must draw two cards. After each hand ends, the deck is shuffled and another round begins until one player wins. Scoring for points works as follows: numbered cards are their face value; draw two, reverse and skip are worth 20 points; and wild and wild draw four are worth 50 points.


Memory is a simple card game, suitable even for very young children. The game can be played with any deck of cards that has matching sets. To play, shuffle the deck well. Place all the cards face down in even rows to form a square. During each turn, a single player flips over two cards. If they match, the person takes the cards and goes again; if they don't match, the player flips them back over in the same spot and his turn ends. The point of the game is to try to get the most matches. This can be done by remembering where cards are placed. Everyone must see which cards were flipped over during a turn.

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