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Best Card Games To Play As A Family

22 September 2023

Card games are the perfect blend of simple rules and complex strategy, making them perfect for players of all ages. Children can learn some basic maths skills and your family can spend some quality time together, whether you’re at home, on a long journey or on holiday. Here are 5 of our favourite games for the whole family.


Rummy is a classic card game you can play with two or more players. The objective is to be the first player to place a set or run of cards on the table by drawing and discarding cards. Players take turns taking a card from each other until they complete a set. It’s a great game for families because it can be played at different levels depending on the players' experience. 


You’ll need four players for this one. Hearts is a trick-taking game where the goal is to have the fewest points at the end of the game. Point cards are any heart cards or queen of spades. At the beginning of each hand, players choose three cards to pass to another player. After the passing, players try to take as few point cards as possible by playing high-ranking cards on the leads of point cards and avoiding taking tricks that contain point cards. Hearts is a great game for families because it encourages collaboration and competition. 

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is a game where two or more players aim to get rid of all their cards. The winner is the first player to have no cards left. With each turn, the player must either play a legal card or draw from the stock until they can play. A legal card is either an eight or a card that matches the rank or suit of the previous card played. The next player must play another eight or miss a turn when an eight is played.

Go Fish

Go Fish is a simple game that can be played with two or more players. The goal of Go Fish is to acquire as many sets of four identical cards as possible. Players ask other players for specific cards; if the asked player has any matching cards, they must hand them over. If not, go fish! Go Fish is a great game for families because it promotes memory skills and encourages social interaction. 


Slapjack is a simple, fast-paced card game similar to snap, which is great for families because it's easy to learn and requires no prior planning or strategy. The objective of Slapjack is to collect all 52 cards by being the fastest to slap the deck when a jack is played. 

Whether you're looking for a classic game or something new to try, these 5 card games are sure to be popular with your family. 

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