This is a list of fun card games for any age level. Some of these games are simple to play once you understand the rules. Others are a bit more extensive and needs more explanation before playing. Either way these card games are a lot of fun for the whole family.
Rummy is a card game that the entire family can play. A great way to spend time with your family and friends is learning how to play this game together. For a complete list of rules go to the Rummy Card Game page.
Spoons is a card game for 2 or more players. You might want to combine more than one deck for this game, as it can make it more fun. Put one less spoon on the table than there are the number of players. Each player gets 4 cards. The dealer will begin pulling cards off the top of the deck and pass them to the next player. Each player is looking to get all four of the same number. Once a four-of-a-kind hand is obtained, that player grabs one of the spoons. The person who doesn’t get a spoon at the end has the letter “S” written under their name on a piece of paper. After a player gets S-P-O-O-N under their name they lose the round.
Speed is a fun card game for two players. As the name says, it is a fast pace game that is easy to understand. Setting up the game is going to take the most time, and has several important details that need to be covered. For this reason I recommend you check out the Speed Card Game page for a complete overview of the game.
Hearts is a game of strategy. It requires exactly four players, because all of the cards are dealt out giving each player 13 cards. The goal of the game is to end up with the fewest number of points. At the end of each round all the points are counted for each player, and once a player reaches 100 points the game is over. The player with the lowest number of points wins.
Each heart card is worth 1 point. The Queen of spades is worth 13 points. At the start of the game each player choses 3 cards from their hand and passes them to the player to the left. The player with the 2 of clubs starts the game by playing that card. The player to the left plays the next card. This player is supposed to follow suit. If there are no cards in a player’s hand that is of similar suit then another suit can be played. The player with the highest card of the suit that led wins the “trick.” That player gets the four cards that were played and puts them face down in front of them. No player can lead with a heart until hearts have been broken by being played in the game.
After all 13 “tricks” are done each player counts how many hearts they have. Remember that each heart is worth one point and the Queen of spades is worth 13 points. The scores are written on a piece of paper and the game is over after a player reaches 100 points.
Bridge is a very fun card game, but it has a few more rules than some of the other card games. For starters it is a game for four people. It requires two teams of two players to play this game. For more information visit the Bridge Card Game site
This is a card game that is easy to play, but first there are a few rules that you need to know. The most basic aspect of the game is your goal is to have your cards as close to adding up to the value of 21 as possible, without going over. This game gets a little more tricky when betting comes into play (but you don’t need to bet to play this game).
For a more in depth of this game, including how betting comes into play go to the 21 Card Game page.
This game is a lot like playing 21, but slightly different. This is a multiplayer game, preferably 3 or more players. Aces are worth 1 or 11. Face cards are worth 10, and all other cards are worth the value on the card. In order for the cards to add up they need to be of the same suit. If you collect three cards of the same number those cards equal 30 points, no matter what the face value of the card is.
Each player is dealt 3 cards and the rest of the deck is placed face down on the center of the table. The top card is then turned facing up. Each player takes turns going clockwise around the table starting to the left of the dealer. The player whose turn it is has a choice of picking the card facing up or picking the top card on the deck. Then they take another card out of their hand and put it facing up on the pile.
Once a player gets a decent hand they knock on the table. At this point everyone has one last turn to improve their hand, but the player that knocked doesn’t get another turn. After everyone is through the hands are revealed. The lowest hand loses.