Card Games to Bring the Family Together

Long summer days, rainy days, any day when the kids can easily get bored is a great time to pull out a deck of playing cards and enjoy some great family card games. One of the nicest things about card games is that there are so many different games for all age groups. Everyone in the family can get into the fun.

Card games range from kids games to classic games to custom games. You probably have a few tried and true games that your family loves to play. Once you get the hang of a card game it is simple to play a game at a moments notice. Card games only need a deck of cards and you can play all day or night long.

The classic card games are something that are simple to play and learn. Almost any classic game can be made to fit all ages. You can adjust the rules or simplify the game to make it something that suits everyone from small children to adults. This way everyone in the family can enjoy family game time.

Blackjack is a fun, classic game. It is quite easy to understand. Smaller children may need some help in adding up the numbers, but everyone should be able to enjoy this fast pace game of chance. The whole idea with blackjack is to get the cards to add up to 21 without going over. Each player is dealt two cards. One card is face down and one card is face up. All players see the face up cards and each player can look at their own face down card. Each player then gets the chance to get another card or stay with what they have, trying to reach 21. This is a great math game where kids will quickly pick up math.

Crazy eights is a card game that is well suited to young children. Most children quickly catch on and recognize the number 8 which is key to playing this game. The whole goal of the game is to get rid of all the cards in your hand. Each player starts with 7 cards. The rest of the deck is in a pile with the first card flipped over face up. Each player must discard a card on the pile matching their card to the face up card by either number or suit. If a player has no matching card they must draw from the face down pile until they get a match. Any 8 card can be whatever you want it to be.

Most card games make a wonderful way to teach math to your children. They can also improve communication skills and help eye hand coordination. They increase memory and really get kids thinking. There are not many things these days that challenge the brain like a card game.

There are many other card games ranging from poker to special games like Old Maid that require a special deck. You can always find a game that will work for your family. It is a great way to come together and enjoy being together as a family.

Family card games can be a great way to bond as a family. You can start a family game night once a week where you all get together and play cards. This is something that is perfect for all family members and something that can be carried on as your children get older, since card games can always be adjusted to suit the ages of the players.

How to Create a New Card Game

Creating a new card game can be as easy as taking an old card game and changing some of the rules. Just look at Hearts.

Hearts is a trick-taking card game for three to six players. It is best played with four players. The object of the game is to avoid taking Heart cards in tricks.

For each hand, the cards are dealt one at a time face-down around the circle as far as they will go equally. Extra cards are laid aside, unseen. The player with the Two of Clubs then becomes the first lead player.

The lead player lays down a card, and each player in turn moving clockwise around the circle lays down a card. Those cards must match the suit of the lead card if possible. The player playing the highest card in the suit that was lead takes the trick, and leads to the next trick. A Heart card cannot be lead until one has been played that does not match the lead card.

Heart cards taken in tricks each score a point. The player with lowest score when another player’s score reaches 100 wins the game.

New rules have been added over time to create new Hearts card games. A three card pass was added after the deal and before play. You pass three cards to a player, and a player passes three cards to you.

Another rule commonly called ‘Shoot the Moon’ was added. With this rule, if you take all scoring cards during a hand, you score zero points, and each of the other players score the total of all scoring cards in play. Or you subtract the total of all scoring cards from your current score.

One new rule made the Queen of Spades a scoring card worth 13 points, while another new rule made the Ten of Diamonds a scoring card worth minus-10 points.

With new rules came new names for some of these games. People now play Black Queen or Omnibus Hearts instead of Hearts.

So what can you do to create a new Hearts game?

You could change the rules to make all of the red cards scoring cards. Heart and Diamond cards would each score 1 point. Or you could make Heart cards each score 1 point, and Diamond cards each score minus-1 point.

Or you could change the rules so that the Two through Nine of Hearts each score two points, while keeping the Ten through Ace of Hearts each scoring one point.

Or you could add some rules from Crazy Eights to make Hearts more interesting. You could play a card with the same rank as the card laid down by the player to your right, no matter what the lead suit was. And you could play an Eight and change the suit of the lead card. (The Eight would belong to the new suit.)

Or you could change the criteria for winning the game. The player with the second-lowest score when another player’s score reaches 100 wins the game.

Putting Together a Family Card Game Night

It used to be that every family had a family card game night. Families looked forward to sitting down at the end of the week for a good card game. Family game night brought everyone together and helped families to stay close. In today’s world it is so easy to just say you are too busy. It is easy to sit in front of the television or computer instead of getting your family together. If you really want to feel close as a family and to bond like families used to then you need to bring back a family card game night.

To begin with you need to get all the supplies together. You will need a place to play, chairs for everyone and a deck of cards. Your family dining room table may work or you might want to get a card table that you can set up and take down. Find something that will accommodate your whole family.

You should then start to make plans about the best time for your family game night. You know your families schedule best so just sit down and try to find the best time when everyone can be together. You may have to insist that they make accommodations. Some plans may need to be changed at first. Eventually, though, once your solidify family card game night everyone will know not to make plans.

You will also need to figure out what card games to play. If you have never played as a family you may need to teach some members how to play. Try to choose simple, yet entertaining games to begin with. Once everyone starts to get skilled you can increase the difficulty of the games. Also keep in mind the ages of family members. You want to ensure everyone can be involved no matter how young they are. The best thing about card games is that even the most easiest game is still a lot of fun.

You should make your family game night something special. This may help if you have older children who may not be so interested in spending a night with the family. You should make it like a party. Plan out snacks and even put together some great music. You want to create an atmosphere that will make every family member want to be involved.

Make sure that you have a good deck of cards on hand. You might want to have a couple. Some card games involve more than one deck. You should also gather up items to use for betting. This might actually be a good way to get the family involved and excited about playing. You can have family members save pennies so they have something to bet with when family game night comes along.

When the night finally comes to pull off your family game night you must be strict about it. Make sure everyone is there. D not take excuses, which many teens will likely try to give you. Insist that everyone attends. Pull out the snacks, put on the music and get those cards dealt. In no time anyone who didn’t want to be there will be changing their mind and glad they sat down.

Family card game night is not something that has to be a concept from long ago. Today’s families can get together just as families in the past did. You can bring your family together for some old fashioned fun. You will be glad that you did because coming together on family game night is one way to keep your family together.