Reconnect: Top 6 Card Games

Reconnect: Top 6 Family Card Games

Welcome to the next instalment of our Reconnect series!  You can read our previous reconnect article here.  We want to help give you ideas for ways you can reconnect as a family, kids and parents, siblings with siblings and extended family too, because no one wants to feel alone.

Reconnect: Top 6 Card Games


This week we bring you our list of the Top 6 card games to play as a family.  For our family cards are generally brought out on holiday and at times when we are together on masse, so Christmas, Easter, birthdays etc.  For me these evening hold some of my favourite memories and it has always been a great initiation into the family for joining members!  Even those that like to cheat at cards add to the fun, you know who you are!!

So Ace up the sleeve and here we go:

Snap – Simple and effective!

One of the best things about cards is that all ages and abilities can join in so no one needs to be left out or sent to bed early and for Snap you only need 2 players!  Just in case you are a card novice in order to play snap the dealer would deal 1 card to each player until all of the cards are given out.  Starting with the youngest player and without looking at the cards in their hand, they place one card into the centre face up followed by the next person until 2 cards with the matching number or picture are on the pile at which point the fastest player to touch the pile and say snap wins the cards.  The winner is the player who ends up with all the cards.

Go Fish – Another of the simpler games great if you have younger players.

The dealers gives each player 5 cards and places the remaining cards in the centre.  Each player would then look at their hand and decide how they can make sets of 4 of the same (4 Aces for example).  Starting with the youngest player they ask for a card they need and if any of the other players have it they must hand it over.  If no one has the requested card then the player can pick one up from the centre deck.  Each time you get a set of 4 you remove the cards from your hand and play them on the table.  The game continues until there are no cards left at which point each player counts up the number of set of 4 they made.  However has the most is the winner.  If at any point you run out of cards 5 more can be taken from the centre.

Rummy – Similar to go fish but slightly more complicated is the game of rummy, great for kids who are getting older and want to be challenged!

The dealer gives each player 7 cards with the remaining desk in the centre, the top card from the desk is placed face up next to it.  The aim of the game is to get a run (1,2,3,4) of the same suit or sets (3 or more cards of the same rank such as all the Jacks).  Each player studies their hand and can choose to either pick up the card which is face up of one from the deck.  Once they have done this one of their cards must be discarded onto the face up pile so that you only ever have 7 cards at a time.  The winner is the first to achieve 7 cards in a run or run/set combination.

Sevens – Now here is a classic, make sure you have lots of room for this one!

This a real crowd pleaser especially when the knocking starts and your dad makes his usual quip of singing he/she’s knocking again!  The dealer gives out all of the cards and the players may look at them arranging them in order of suit and number is best.  Whoever holds the 7 of Diamonds starts the round and places the card in the middle of the table.  Each person takes turn adding a card to the line in order, although you can go up or down from 7.  Anyone with one of the remaining 7’s can start a new line but tactically it is better to hold onto them for as long as possible.  If you cannot lay a card in order you have to knock (cue ditty) and miss a turn.  The first player to lay all of their cards is the winner.

Beat your Neighbours – This has got to be one of my favourites and brilliant because you never know which way it is going to go a game of complete luck!

What makes it so interesting is that your luck can change with a single card and the game aint over till its over!  The dealer gives out all of the cards and the players must keep them face down, no peeping!  The youngest lays the tip card from their pile face up in the middle and so it continues.  So here is the good bit when the player before you lays a Jack, Queen, King or Ace you must lay extra cards.  Jack is 1 card, Queen 2, King 3 and Ace 4.

If you cannot lay another picture card within that number the player wins all of the cards.  If however you lay a picture card before you reach the number then the next player must take over laying down cards and you would win the pile in they couldn’t lay a picture card in time.  The person left with all the cards at the end is the winner.  This game can be a little more tricky for the younger players but again is great for the ones looking for something to get stuck into.

Find the Lady – This is the game to play when the whole extended family is round!

You can use 2 packs if your group is large enough and that makes it all the more interesting!  This one is more complicated and tactical than the others so younger players are encouraged to team up with an older relative.  My family loves this game although we play slightly more complicated version its just what we are used too.  1 person will need to be nominated to keep score (we tend to have someone regularly checking the scores are correct!)  The aim of this game is to win the least amount of hands with hearts in and to avoid winning the lady who is worth 25 points.

The dealer gives out all of the cards and each round the person to the left becomes the next dealer.  Each player starting with the person to the left of the dealer selects 3 cards to discard to the player on their left (you cannot pick up these cards until you have discarded your own).  The lady (queen of spades) cannot be discarded.  The player to the left of the dealer then lays 1 card in the centre players must lay following suit if they can with whoever lays the highest card in the original suit winning the ‘trick’.  If you cannot follow suit you can play any card.  The winner of the ‘trick’ plays the first card in the next round.  Once the game is over each player adds up the number of points and gives them to the person keeping score.  So each Heart is worth the number of points of the cards value e.g. the 2 of hearts is worth 2 points and the lady is worth 25.  The person with the lowest score overall is the winner.

All of these games are brilliant for getting your family round a table together having a bit of a laugh, some healthy competition is good for us all too.


Sam x

Come on card sharps what’s your game?  Let us know in the comments Live it… Laugh it… Giraffe it…

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