My Favourite Card Games

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!

Solitaire

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…

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