What are the Most Popular Card Games for Children?

Card games for kidsIt is a very well known fact that children love card games as they can be fun in a different way. Besides that, card games require some amount of logic and reasoning, which need to be applied during the game. This can be good for your child’s overall development.  Also, you don’t have to spend a lot of money for this form of entertainment. All you need is a pack of cards and you are good to go.

So here are some of the top card games you can play with your kids.


One of reasons why War is pigeonholed as a game for kids is that it involves little to no strategy and is very simple. This game can be played by two players at once and a French playing card deck is used. The objective of the game is to collect all the opponent’s cards.

Go Fish

This game can be played by a group of two to ten kids at the same time. 5 or 7 cards are dealt to each player. The player who has the turn should ask the next player for rank, say aces. Then the next player should hand all the aces he/she has. If not, the next player should tell the player to ‘go fish’ and the player draws from the pack. Once a suit of 4 is completed, the player with the suit should lay it down in front of him/her. The player with the most number of suits wins.

Crazy Eights

This is mostly a game of fun. Each player is handed eight cards and the number 8 is a joker card. When the top card is opened, you play your turn by matching the top card. The other players should match this card in their turn or play the ‘8’ card. This gives you power to change the suit that the next player should follow.


You need a specially printed deck of Uno cards to play the game. This is a game of matching colors or numbers. The final objective is to empty all the cards that you are holding by discarding them into the pile.


In this game, the deck is divided equally among all the participants. Each player should place a card from his/her pile, face up. If the card placed is a jack, you have a chance to claim the pile by placing your hand on the pile. The objective here is to have the biggest pile by the end of play.


This is a game that will help in developing the memory of the kids. The cards are placed face down on the table. Each player can uncover two cards in a turn. The objective is to uncover matching pairs. The player who uncovers the most pairs win.

Old Maid

This game is fun when played with a specially printed deck but can be played with your regular deck of cards too. One of the cards in the deck cannot be paired and that card becomes the old maid. The player who ends up with that card is eliminated. The last man standing is the winner.

Thirty One

This game can be played by 2 to 7 people at a time. The objective of the game is to get your hand as close to the number 31 as possible. The player who is farthest from the total loses and is eliminated.

Chase the Ace

The dealer deals one card each to every player and Ace is the lowest value. After dealing, you have a chance to exchange your card with the player to your left, if that person is willing. The player with the lowest valued card loses.


Rummy can be an incredibly complex yet enjoyable game at the same time. The objective of this game is to match cards according to the suit or order. There are different versions of this game and the rules vary depending on the version that you are playing.