Playing card games for the family

There’s nothing quite like a quiet or wild night in placing cards, whether this is with your friends and family there’s something special about it – it gets the adrenaline pumping and the inner competitor in you to come out.

With so many card games available, we thought we’d introduce our top ten favorites, ideal for playing with your friends and or family.

So, without further ado here’s our top five.


It wouldn’t be a list of card games without it, ‘snap’ – an all-time classic. If you haven’t play snap before chances are you didn’t have a childhood…

In all seriousness, to play snap each player starts out with an equal number of cards. Players take turns to places these face-up – once a player places a card that matches the previous card players must rush to place their hand on the card first, shouting ‘snap’ to win the round. This player then wins these cards (the player with cards left at the end wins).

♠️2.Exploding kittens

This game requires a purchase of the actual game box itself, however, we promise it’s worth it! Exploding kittens may sound violent, but nevertheless, it’s extremely fun! Players take turns picking cards with various challenges if a player gets an exploding kitten card they are out of the game.

♠️3.Go fish

Go fish is a great card game for the whole family – not too difficult to learn and exceptionally fun! The aim of the game is to win the most ‘books’ of cards – this is any four, for example, four of spades, four of kings, etc.

Players take turns asking other players for specific cards e.g. give me your kings. The player fishing for these cards must have one of these cards themselves (e.g. some form of spade or four). If the player has no cards the player shouts “go fish” – the player who made the request then takes the top card from the stock and places this in their hands.

Players then continue until one player has a full suite.

♠️4.Crazy eights 

To begin with, every player is dealt eight cards – the remaining cards from the pack are placed face down on the table. The top card of the pile should be face up, forming a draw pile next to it.

The first player must draw a card that matches the top of the discard pile e.g. a six, jack, ace, etc. anything of the same kind goes (including numbers). A player who cannot match the top card must draw a card from the discard pile until they match the top card.

The first player to get rid of all their cards wins.

♠️5.Why not create your own card game?

If you’re looking to get your kids involved, why not create your own card game? This could be a combination of a few or an entirely new game in itself – the possibilities are endless!

Perhaps if you’re feeling extra creative you could also make your own deck, decorated with your kids' favorite animals, superheroes, or hobbies – a great idea for a rainy day!

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