There is no escaping that corona virus (or Covid-19) is the main topic in everyone's news feed at the moment and for all the negativity that surrounds it, there are definitely some positives to be found.
It has meant that there has been more family time as no one has to be anywhere but present at home. We were talking recently about family rituals and one of ours has been playing card games after our evening meal.
There are so many games out there, here are our top picks!
Pontoon ( or sometimes called Black Jack or 21)
The Aim - To hit a total of 21 (or as close as possible beneath it)
This is a game that all ages can play with a regular deck of cards and is quite a quick game. Each player is dealt 2 cards and the winner is the player that gets a total of 21 or the closest to it. If you hit 22 - you are out!
The Aim : To be the first player to score 500 points, achieved (usually over several rounds of play) by being the first to play all of one's own cards and scoring points for the cards still held by the other players.
To be honest, we don't ever play for points but to be the first person to get rid of all their cards. It is designed for children aged 7+ and can get quite competitive. It can also go on for a while!
Aim : The first player to get rid of all their cards and to reach 500 points.
This game is VERY similiar to UNO but can be played with a regular deck of cards. Each player is dealt 5 cards and they need to put down a playable card (same number or suit) until they have none left. The 8 card can be used as anything.
Aim : The first player to collect 3 complete Property Card sets in different colours to win.
The Monopoly Brand Deal Card Game is all the fun of the Monopoly game in a quick-playing card game and is a great game to play if you are short on time as you can play in just 15 minutes. Ideal for age 8+
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Aim : The objective of the game is to continue to take cards, discarding pairs, until no more pairs can be made.
The player with the card that has no match is "stuck with the old maid" and loses. When playing with more than two players, the game is somewhat unusual in that it has one distinct loser rather than one distinct winner.
Aim - To be the person with the most sets of four at the end of the game.
Go Fish is a classic children’s card game that can be played with any deck of cards. While there are sets of cards that are specifically designed to play Go Fish – often with fewer cards and numbers than a standard deck of cards – in reality specialised card decks are not necessary to play this game.
Aim - To match the other players card and be the first to shout snap!
This game is the perfect introduction to cards for little children and even as an adult, there is nothing more satisfying than shouting SNAP!
Do you have any favourites that we haven't mentioned?