As a child we were always playing card games, I remember betting with matchsticks (not sure how safe that actually was seeing as they were ones that had not been lit yet!) or with pennies and we could easily wile away an afternoon doing that. I remember as a child we did not have a huge amount of disposable income so trips and attractions were kept to a minimum but that’s not to say we didn’t have fun, we were always happily occupied playing outside or with board games and cards.
I was never a huge fan of snap it’s a bit too frantic for me I like card games with a bit more thought rather than being too fast paced! We tended always just to smack each other’s hands to get to the card first… then my brother and I would have yet another sibling meltdown!!! So I am avoiding that one with my pair, I can just imagine the arguments!
Card games are a useful way to teach children about turn taking and strategy. I have listed a few of my favourites below:
Chase the Ace
From a standard pack of card remove all the aces accept one, hand out the cards amongst the players; any pairs can be put to one side. Then you take turns taking a card from the player next to you, any pairs you match you remove from play and this continues until the person holding the ace at the end becomes the loser. It was always fun trying to keep a straight face when they went for the ace in my remaining cards; I tend to give everything away and then they would pick another card!!!
21 (or Pontoon)
The aim of this game is to get your cards to make 21 (so good to get children counting). You keep taking cards but if you go over 21 you are bust. There are lots of variants of games some more complicated than others but we always kept it as simple as possible growing up. But even with our little matchsticks the competition could get quite heated!
This is an ideal game your child can play on their own when you have taught them the concept. My eldest was enjoying this one on holiday, its also one of my firm favourites. I love the challenge of trying to uncover the cards by making them into sets. I prefer a real deck of cards in my hand though not playing it online like my mum!
Thinking back its made me quite reminiscent of my childhood and I love the sound of this event from Poker Stars All-In Kitchen, you get to eat good food and play cards, what’s not to love. This is a pop up restaurant that caters for those that love food and entertainment. It’s great value as you get a gourmet meal and you can keep you bets low! They even throw in a cocktail. Perhaps all that time playing cards as a child might give me a competitive edge…