Playing cards builds relationships

Card Games For Family Fun and Interaction.

Playing cards together after dinner in the evening or on a wet Sunday afternoon is always time well spent.

On this page I am going to look at some of the best card games to play especially with those older children.

A pack of cards is inexpensive but will make for hours upon hours of family enjoyment.


Family playing cards together

1. UNO

UNO is a fun and easy game for all ages from very young to teens.

Starting the game:

The game is for 2-10 players, ages 7 and over. Each player is dealt 7 cards, face down. The remainder of the cards are placed in a Draw Pile also face down and the first card from that pile starts the discard pile. . The aim of the game is to be first to play all your cards.

The player to the left of the dealer will start play. He needs to play a card of the same color as the one on top of the discard pile. If he cannot play he needs to take a card from the main pile.of face down cards.or he can change the color with a card of the same number or a multi colored card. If he chooses to play a multi colored card he will also choose the color of the card and state it. Cards can be matched by either symbol, color or number.

The multi colored cards may have a penalty where the next player will have to pick up the number of cards designated on that new top card.

Other cards which can be played so long as they match the designated color or symbol may be miss a turn or reverse

2. Canasta

Canasta is one of our families favorite games. For up to 4 people we play as individuals and for more than 4 we play in partners. Either way it is a lot of fun and can take up many hours but still be challenging and strategic. I am adding a link here for the rules of the game because they are clearly explained here and there is no point in me writing them out again.

3 Five Hundred

This is another fun family card game for the older children and adults. It is also a great game for a group of friends to play together. The rules can be a little tricky at first but once you get a handle on them it becomes addictive and you want to play more and more. It can be played as pairs or individually either way it is another exciting card game to play. The rules are so clearly laid out on the site below that I will add a link to them here too.

4 Skip Bo

This is another exciting and mentally stimulating game to play with children from 7 upwards.

The aim is to be the first player to play all of their cards in numerical order, that is from 1 to 12. There are 144 numbered cars and 18 Skip Bo cards You can play with up to 30 cards but we choose to deal 20 to each player, the remainder go in a stock pile. Each player will need some space to place his numbered cards as he accumulates them.
Playing Skip-Bo: Once the cards are dealt the player to the left of the dealer will commence play. He can draw five cards from the stockpile and he can begin forming his pile of numerically ordered card from 1 to 12. He can continue to add cards to his ordered pile so long as they remain in sequence.

While still able to place the cards he can continue to draw 5. Each player can have up to 4 discard piles. The aim is to run out of stock piled cards so it is pest to use your own stock pile before the center pile if you can. When you are unable to place a card your turn ends and it becomes the turn of the next player.

The winner is the first to use his total stock pile of cards and he will score 25 points for winning and 5 points for each of the cards held by other players. Player continues until someone reaches a total score of 500 or a predetermined number.


5 Memory Card Game.

For this game you can lay all the cards after shuffling them on the table face down. There are usually two of every card and the aim is to acquire as many pairs as possible. Players take turns to turn two card up, if they get a pair they continue until they get odd cards. Every player needs to watch and try to remember the positioning of the cards as they are turned up by other players.

This game is a very good brain activity for all ages and can be enjoyable for most but some older folks may find it more frustrating. The kids usually win this one in our family as their memories are much sharper.


There are many more card games to play and if you have some favorite ones It would helpful if you could leave your suggestions in the comments below.

The important thing is to enjoy time with your family while you still have them because all too soon they are grown up and have families of their own.. If your family has enjoyed playing games together growing up, your grandchildren will enjoy it too as the experience gets passed on to them.



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    • Chris
    • May 5, 2018

    Hi Judy,

    thanks for this wonderful blog post. I love the Super-Mario-UNO version. Lately, I’ve been playing quite a bit of Mario on the Switch with my son, and I bet he would love it. We have a standard UNO, but I’ll probably get this as well just for the fun of it 🙂 Which of the card games you suggested is your personal favorite? And are you aware of a good card game for 3 to 4 year olds?


      • admin
      • May 6, 2018

      Hi Chris and thank you for your comments.

       Cards are a great way to have a lot of interactive time with the kids and the big bonus is they don’t cost too much and they don’t take up much space in the cupboard. 3 to 4 year old children can be very good at memory games. Build up the. number of card pairs in the game as they get better at it.  Then there is the Dr Seuss card games of Fish and  Snap. Uno is a game for all ages .

      Have fun playing.

       Thank you again 


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