Playing cards were invented around 9th Century AD, although according to WIkipedia, the type of pack we use now came into existence in the late 18th Century. I thought hard about counting playing cards, because they’re not actually a game, instead they are a tool that allows you to play many many different game varieties. However, I’m glad I did because I would not have accepted us to use playing cards so many times in a year and it shows me that sometimes classic is as good as new.
Playing cards are so versatile that there are games you can play from a young age such as snap. The main limiting factor we’ve experienced is small hands can find it hard to hold a lot of cards. It is possible to find card games which are played single player (patience) upwards, particularly if you combine more than one set of cards.
Why I’ve played it on 10 days
The first time we played with a deck of cards was in a restaurant as a way to entertain the children as we waited for food, without using a digital device. We played games that involved everyone by passing cards around the table – Old Maid and Spoons.
The next time we played was because B was taught a new game during the summer. She wanted to play that a lot and soon after wanted to learn other games.
These are the card games we’ve played this year, with links to instructions on YouTube. Every game has been with my 10 year old daughter, sometimes my seven year old son and sometimes other adults.
- Old maid
- Palace (sometimes known as Shithead) – we played an additional rule that if you play a 5 the next person has to play a card equal or lower to the 5
- Rubbish (sometimes known as Trash)
- Sevens (although we only deal out 7 cards to start)
- Slam (also known as Spit)
Why I recommend playing cards
- versatility – you can play so many games with pack of playing cards including single player games, and games for any age
- cheap – a pack of playing cards is very cheap compared to other games
- compact and portable
What are your favourite card games?