20 Best Card Games for Kids

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My family loves family game night which is pretty much every night for us. We buy and test games regularly — for us and for you. Here are our picks for the best card games for kids of almost all ages to play together!

For small hands, try either a chip clip, a Little Hands Card Holder, or allow your kids to put their cards on the table — even though they will be visible.

Also, the recommended age ranges of the card games aren’t set in stone. You know your kids best and can decide if they can play games higher or lower than the recommended age levels.

Finally, don’t forget that you can play tons of games with a regular deck of cards and a good book of game ideas.

Card Games for Kids

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Roll and Play

Think Fun
ages 18 months+
I love this interactive card game for toddlers and preschoolers. Roll the big colored dice, pick the matching color card, and do the action. There are 48 game cards in six age-appropriate categories.

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War
Ideal
ages 4+
War helps kids learn the value of numbers — bigger than and less than. Plus it’s fast and fun! This larger sized deck of cards is just right for little hands.

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Go Fish / Crazy Eights / Alphabet Concentration / Old Maid
Imagination Generation
ages 4+
These are the classic card games of childhood. Stick them in your bag and have them with you at restaurants. I used to take my kids out for game dates at a bagel store and have many happy memories of Go Fish and bagels. My suggestion for Go Fish is to start with pairs instead of fours — it makes it easier to win and shorter to play which is better for younger kids.

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Spot It! 
Blue Orange Games
ages 6+ (Get Spot It! Junior for younger players)
Have you played this addicting card game yet? It’s a blast, easy to play, and just-right for your purse or suitcase. Look fast and be accurate! Your goal is to match any of the images on your card to the card in the middle. The winner is the player who is out of cards first. LOVE!!

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Rat-a-tat-Cat
Gamewright Games
ages 6+
Have fun, practice addition, use strategies!! The goal is to get your four cards to add up to the lowest score.  When you think you have the lowest score, say “rat-a-tat-cat” and everyone must show their cards and add up their scores. Somehow my youngest daughter ALWAYS wins this game. Is this why she loves it so much? It’s really fun and only takes around 10 minutes to play one game.

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Sleeping Queens
Gamewright Games
ages 8+
Help the Sleeping Queens wake up by waking them up with the Kings. The goal is to be the first player with queens that add up to 50 points. Steal queens, put opponents queens back to sleep, and fight dragons. What will your kids’ favorite queens and kings be? This is a card game that my kids play over and over! (Even in middle school!)

The Best Card Games for Kids
Check the Fridge! A Shameless Game of Bluffing
Melon Rind
ages 8+
Check the Fridge is a win for us. We love it because it gets us laughing, it is food-themed, and we can practice our ninja-like addition math skills.

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Uno
Mattel
ages 7+
If you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship with this card game that often NEVER ENDS! (Monopoly is worse though.) Anyway, it is a great family game and one which works well for trips. We have UNO Harry Potter and much prefer the regular Uno to the thematic one.

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Scrambled States of America

Gamewright
Ages 8+
This game gets regular play in our house. Not only is it fun to play but kids get more familiar with the United States.

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Word-A-Round
ThinkFun
ages 10+
We laugh so much during this game as we totally butcher words, trying to figure them out. My daughter has started writing down the funny words we invent on accident. To win a card, you have to read the word in one of the colored circles correctly. The player with the most cards wins. Such a blast! SEE MY REVIEW HERE.


Bubble Talk

John N. Hansen
ages 7+
This is always a top pick for a fun, get-us-laughing game! Match the best caption to the photo and see who the judge picks as the winner.

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Pass the Pigs
ages 7+
This is my husband’s favorite game to play with the kids. This Pass the Pigs classic party game consists of 2 pigs you use as dice, pad, 2 pencils and carrying case. Roll them as many times as you dare on your turn to score points. Just don’t role a “pig out” or an “oinker”. The first person to 100 points wins.

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Swish

Think Fun
ages 8+ (for younger kids, try Swish Jr.
Yet another game my kids excel at — their visual discrimination skills beat mine every time. Your goal is to match pairs of cards that complement each other — so the color circle matches the color ball. It’s not easy — you have to scan the 16 cards on the table to find your matches. The player with the most matches wins. One day, I’ll win. Right?


Trash Pandas
ages 8+
We’re big fans of Gamewright games like Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Sleeping Queens so I was thrilled to see this newest card game with charming raccoon characters tipping over trash cans and racing to amass the most points.


Itzi
Tenzi
ages 8+
This fun, fast-paced word game has categories and letters. Players call out answers to the categories starting with the letters given. The first player to get rid of their cards wins.


Long Cow
Gamewright
ages 8+
Long Cow “an Udderly Ridiculous Card Game” is another clever Gamewright game whose goal is to make the most cows in a herd. You can get extra points for having the longest cow, go figure. And use wildcards to build hybrid cows. You’ll either love or hate the “moo” sound that 3rd place gets — it’s silly! Fantastic artwork.


Utter Nonsense
PlayMonster
ages 8+ (great for teens and adults, too!)
Pick an accent card such as pirate, side mouth talker, vampire, Italian, stuffy nose, Valley Girl, or Chewbacca then read one of your phrase cards in that accent. You’ll have a handful of phrase cards like “No Taylor, I cannot just shake it off“. I guarantee tons of laughs — this is a hilariously delightful card game experience!!


Set

SET Enterprise’s
ages 10+
Use those visual discrimination skills to make sets fo three (symbols, numbers, colors, and shading.) It’s a bit tricky to figure out until you see the examples in the directions. If I had to pick between Swish and Set, I’d probably pick Swish for the kids’ favorite.


5 Second Rule

PlayMonster
ages 10+
Pick a card, read the topic, start the timer, and quickly name 3 things that fit the topic—in 5 seconds! It’s easy and fun with guaranteed laughter.

See also: The Best Educational Games for Preschoolers and The Best Logic and Strategy Games for Kids

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3 Responses

  1. :Donna Marie says:

    UNO is the one I know and love (and haven’t played in YEARS!), but these other ones look good, too 🙂 I think “Game Night” is a great thing to do. Something I was never successful at making happen when my son was young : /

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