Looking for card games for kids? Try this fun one called Bluff. Printable instructions included below.
Another week and another card game to try out with your family. So far, we have shared: Knock, Ripple and Chase the Ace. This easy card game doesn’t involve keeping score. It’s quick and fun, a perfect activity to do indoors. Check out Play or Pay , Nerts, Mexican Train and Tenzi too.
Card Games for Kids
To start, you will need:
- 3-10 players
- 1 regular decks of cards – if playing with more people you’ll need to add another deck of cards.
The object of the game is to go out first.
HOW TO DEAL
The dealer will split the deck(s) of cards evenly amongst players. 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.
HOW TO PLAY
- The player to the left of the dealer goes first.
- To play, a player places his card(s) face down in the middle of the table and announces his discard.
For example: the first player would say, “one ace.”
- The turn then passes to the next player and they are required to throw out the next card in ranking order.
In this example, the next card would be a two. The player has the option of throwing out all the twos in his hand in one discard.
- If a player does not have a two in hand, they must discard an alternative card(s) but still claim it as a two, and hope that the other players believe them.
- If a player calls BLUFF! then they are allowed to flip the cards over to see if they are actually what they’ve been claimed to be.
- If the cards do not match what the player stated, then the player that discarded must take the entirety of the deck into his hand.
- If the cards to match what was claimed, then the player that called BLUFF is required to take the entire stack into his hand.
- Remember that a player can discard more than one card at a time.
For example: if you have three Jacks in your hand and Jack falls on your turn, then you can layout all three Jacks in that one turn.
- The game continues until someone has gone out and is declared the winner.
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.
Best Card Games
Over the years we’ve received several fun family games. Here are some of our newer favorites:
- 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. Phase 10: this game is a long one with lots of rounds. One of my favorite memories is playing it in Tahiti with my family.
4. SkipBo: one of the games I learned when I was growing up, this one brings back all kinds of memories.
5. 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.