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Card Games for Kids

While the adults are busy playing the drinking game of Kings Cup, and this surely is one of the fastest way to get drunk.

There are variations on how to play the Kings Cup depending on the group and level of intimacy between players. But it sure does get the fame for the alcohol and fun loving college students. But this should not also be about getting drunk but more on socialization. And not only students enjoy Kings Cup but also parents!

So while parents are having a good game with cards, the kids are the concern. Are there card games for kids? Yes there are a lot kid- friendly card games that you can do at home, during holidays or when you want them to have their own fun while the parents are having fun with their own group.

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card games for kids

Card games are not just about gambling or drinking. If guided properly these card games for kids are one good avenue  to teach children how to count, making strategies and sportsmanship.  Also cards are the cheap and easy to use. Ir is time also to get your children to try other fun thing to do and INTERACT with fellow players.

Unlike the expensive gadgets they have been playing and holding, cards can provide fun for longer time and is best used for group games for kids.

So here are the following card games for kids that you can teach them by using a standard deck of cards (contains 52 cards) .


This game is good for seven year old and older with minimum of two players.

Mechanics of the game: Have someone “deal” in handing out the cards to give out seven cards to each player each. If there are more than 3 in the group, then only give out 5 cards each.  The remaining cards is put in the center, facing down.

Then each player has to group their cards according to the same number of kind of suits. Appoint one to start then this player asks the person on the left for a card that will match his pr her own set. Example, the player has two sets of Kings and another Two sets of Spades, then he or she asks for either king or another card with spade. The player requesting that card until he can no longer “fish” and that player tells him or her to “fish around”. Each one gets an opportunity to fish. Whoever collects four cards in a set, example all cards with spade or a set of Queens wins. If the card runs out, the player if the most complete sets is the winner.


This game is good for 5 year old with around 3 players. Get out one Queen out from the standard deck of card. All cards will be distributed to each player. The cards are  grouped based on suits or same number. The cards paired are put down then the remaining cards will be held up by each player. Then each player gets one card from another player on his or her left. This will continue until all cards have been paired up until the sole Queen or the Old Maid card. Now the player holding it loses the game.


This game is good for 3 year old to test their concentration and memory by using a standard deck of cards. But for easy game at first, you can use fewer cards like all number sets only and use the pairs.  Spread the cards facing down in the table forming a grid. The goal is to find matching pairs of card. Let the players take a peek of the cards. If the player is able to turn over cards and able to get a pair, he/ she gets it. this continues until not turned up cards remains. Thus who got the most pairs wins.


This is good for 5 year old and up with around 2 to 4 players using a standard deck of cards.If there are only two to 3 players, give each 7 cards each. if there are 4 players, 5 cards each player will suffice. Then the rest will be put down with the top card turned up as the “discard.” The player then identifies a card in the same suit in the discard If the player does not have the same card as the discard, then he or she will get on the center pile until he gets one. The one who’s card are first to used up wins. If in case the player has teh same suits, the card with bigger value, example, card with number 8 is higher than card 9, Ace is higher than King, he/she decided on what to put in the center as “discard”.


This is good for 6 year old and higher with 2 players using a standard deck of cards. All cards will be served to both players. Player turns up card in random and the one who gets the higher rank of rank takes it with his or her pile. The “war” starts when  cards with same value are put dow. Then the players continue to put cards together and who got the higher rank and gets most of the cards.

6. SNAP IT! 

This game is appropriate for 6 year olds with two or more players using standard deck of cards. Another deck can be used if players is beyond 3.

There is a dealer to serve all of the cards to all players. Then one will start turning up their pile with another player ot his left going the same. The player who notices two cards facing up having the same number will shout “SNAP!” and will get both cards. If in case two players shouted “SNAP!” at the same time, they will create a snap pool of cards. The play continues until one player  got a higher card matching the suit in the snap poll and shouts “SNAP POOL”. He/ she gets the pool of cards. But he inadvertently mistaken shouting snap pool, he/she can either give each player a random card from his/her pile or his/her pile will be sued as the new snap pool. the player who gets most fo the card wins.


This is good for 6 year old and older with 3 up to 13 players using the standard deck of cards.  The dealer will choose four sets in the deck and then shuffle and deal 4 cards wth each player. Then each person puts one card at the center. When everyone puts already the card, they will pass it to the player on their left. The new card will eb picked up. When the player completes his set, he or she points at his/her nose. Then players followed suite whether they have completed the set or not. The player who puts their fingers on their nose last will get the letter P on the forehead. This will continue until one player is able to spell out PIG on his forehead loses.


This is best for 7 year old and older using standard deck of cards accommodating 2 to 6 players.  This has a more complicated rules compared to other card games for kids outlined here.

First the dealer gives 10 cards each to the player; the card will be reduced to 7 or 6 each when players have increased. The remaining card will be ut at the center. Each player will make up “melds” or pairs on their cards, whether it is same suit or numbers or it is flash (cards in increasing order in the same suit). Top of this pile will be turned up the it will be taken by the first player and will use the top card with its own meld. Then he/she will discard a card in “replacement” of that card and will give it to the next player. If the next player accepts the card, he/she will put it in his/her own meld and lay it down in the table. If the next player chooses to discard the card, he/she can do so and get one new card from the stock pile. The player who gets more meld laid down ont he table wins.


This is a game for 4 year old with 2 to 5 players using a standard deck of cards.  The dealer will “deal” with each player starting with the Aces at the center. then the player can discard four cards then the next player discard two cards. The player will have to say the cards they discard but it does not necessarily it is true. So if one player doubts the veracity fo the card “discarded” he/she will say, “I DOUBT THAT” the one who challenged it will check the veracity of the cards. Just like the skeptic apostle who refused to believe everything unless personally experienced it, the challenger has to see for him/herself if the card laid down and what the player has said is the same. If the one who doubted it was true, then the player who discarded it will get the pile, But if the challenge was wronged, he/she will be the one who takes the discard pile. The first player who laid down all of the cards wins.


THis is for 4 year old and older using standard deck of cards accommodating 2 to 5 players.  There should be a “dealer” who will distribute the cards to the players, piling them up. Uneven cards with each player is okay. The game starts when first player will turn up one card from his/her own pile and puts it in the center. this goes around until a Jack is put at the center and players would “slap” the center and whoever slaps the pile first will get the whole pile. This will continue until another Jack card appears. The one who got most fo the cards wins.

There are still more card games for kids that you can teach your children. You can make variations. just remember, while the adults are busy playing some naughty Kings cup game, a child-friendly card game can also be played.  There are even designer player cards that you can check out for your own liking.

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Playing Cards : History and Meaning

So much have been written here about the Kings Cup and the different drinking games using the standard deck of cards. But did you ever wonder how the playing cards the centerpiece for the games came into being?

Is this a product of boredom or a chronic gambler’s strategy to amass more wealth in the table?

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Well for the history buff, the playing cards was first recorded to be used in China during the 9th century in Tang Dynasty. Based on the early account of the historian Su E, the Emperor’s daughter Princess Tongchang likes to waste her time playing some “game of leaf” with 868 inscribed to it, representing the number of the members of the clan of her husband, the Wei clan.

The Song dynasty later developed it when flat papers became popular.  By the end of the dynasty, these playing cards have been used in several Asian countries through trade and migration. By the time of Ming dynasty, the face of the cards have been painted by several characters from a novel named Water Margin.

Based on another account  the design was coins, then coins connected and other designs. These playing cards have been popular in Northern part of China and was known as Kwan Pai. It was known as Lut Chi in Southern China with variations on its designs.

It later evolved into a sort of  a “money card” with four symbols: coins symbolizing cash, interconnected coins with numbers 1 to 9 and this has been sort of becoming part of trading. Historical accounts say the playing cards precede mahjong and dominoes.

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Through the Chinese trader as well as Portuguese explorers, the playing cards became popular in Europe. It was believed that the Egyptians have developed the first set of suits in tarot cards. This deck contains 52 cards with suits of sticks, coins, cups and arms. Then it was divided into King, Viceroy, Second Deputy. A complete deck of card was unearthed in  1939 in Istanbul Turkey by Leo Mayer.

The Indians have made their own distinctive variation on the playing cards by putting handpainted 10 persona of Vishnu and this became Ganjifa cards. Later called as set of  Dashavarat.

The cards further spread in Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Then in Paris and United Kingdom. It is the royal houses who started playing with the cards during socials especially those in leadership like their knights.  In accounts of Charbot Poupart, the treasurer of Charles VI have paid for hand-painting of set of cards. And these cards are quite expensive as these have carved in wood block and hand painted depicting also the logo of the royal houses.  From the wood, then it was printed later in textile and later on paper for wider distribution.

Aside from the royal house logo, images of saints have also seen its printing in the set of cards. There are varieties in the number of suits in a deck: In Germany is has four suits, in Italy it got four (swords, wands, coins and cups.

It never came in accounts when exactly the “standard” became only four suits composing the heart, diamond, spade and club. It says these four suits symbolizes the weapons the knights have been using during fights. Then the royalties have been added- the King, Queen, Knight and Prince.

Then it is the English who added a design, making the four suits a replica. Later the Joker was added. Again it was not known why and when exactly it was introduced.

Now the card are widely used for games, like accompaniment for Kings Rule Cup game and other games best with drinking buddies or even for little kids. Cards are not just for gambling but for most for socialization but also to test memory, as Memory children card game would show. Its long history would show you that it started as a game but also served its purpose in trade and even in spreading religion across the continent.

So next time you hold that drinking cup and deck of cards, think of its fascinating evolution and symbolism- of how humanity developed its arts and way of socialization.


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List of Card Games – Drinking Games to Enjoy with a Deck of Cards

List of Card Games – Drinking Games to Enjoy with a Deck of Cards

While kings cup is one of the more popular drinking card games, there are actually other games of this nature to enjoy when you find yourself having more than a drink or two with friends or random acquaintances. It is no doubt how drinking appears to be a favorite past time among many. Many see it as an opportunity to feel a certain degree of elation and just enjoy every moment spent with your drinking buddies – may they be your friends, workmates or someone you just got to know. What’s even more interesting is the fact that spending your time drinking doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll just be drinking alone, you can also mix some fun and games while you raise your glass and pour down booze down your throats. So, how do you exactly go about with that? There are tons of ways to heighten up fun levels as you drink and playing card games is just one of them. Still no idea as to what card games are we referring to? No need to worry as we are here to present a list of card games you can enjoy along with your booze.

With a deck of cards on hand, several bottles of alcoholic drinks and a couple of friends by your side, you know you are all set and ready to start with any drinking card game that you may think of. But, alas, what if you aren’t familiar with any of these card games? Well, there is no reason for you to fret any longer as there are quite a number of card games you can enjoy as you spend a fun time with your friends and some alcohol. Here is a list of card games you might want to try on your next drinking venture:

  • Across the Bridge

With a minimum of two players, you can begin playing this drinking game. First, select 10 cards from the deck and lay them face down one by one on a straight line. This will be your bridge. The first player flips the first card and so on. Every player takes turns to flip a card. If a numbered card is flipped, simply move on to the next card. However, if a face card is flipped, then it is time for a consequence by drinking based on the value of the card.  Jack stands for one, Queen is two, King is for three and Ace is for four. The player will then add more cards to the end of the bridge based on the value of the face card he/she flipped. The game keeps on going until all the cards across the bridge have been flipped.

  • Drown the Clown

To begin this game, there should ideally be at least four players. Every player should be dealt with one card face down. Count to three for every player to flip their cards over. If any of the players have the same card, then they should point at the person who has a match with them and yell “clown!” The person who does it first will then get to watch the slower ones take the designated number of drinks. If ever someone points and yells “clown!” even without a match, then that person must drink three drinks.

  • Drug Dealer

This drinking game is ideal for a large group of players (more than six is recommended). From the deck, get the same amount of cards as there are players. Do not forget to select an ace and king as you select cards. Shuffle the cards and distribute one to every player. The person who gets the ace is the drug dealer while the one who gets the king is the cop. The drug dealer’s role is to wink at other players discreetly. Once the other player sees the wink and identifies the drug dealer, he/she is to say “The deal has been made”. The cop then introduces himself/herself and is set to determine who the drug dealer is. If, by any chance, the cop sees the drug dealer’s wink, then the dealer has to drink for five seconds. The game then starts again. If ever the cop wrongly identifies the drug dealer, then he/she should drink based on the value found on the player’s card. The card should then be removed. If the cop is right in guessing who the drug dealer is, then the drug dealer has to drink based on the number of cards left among the players. Once the drug dealer has been identified, the game ends.

Aside from having a crazy fun time with drinking buddies, you sure are most likely going to have drinking card games as a way for you to regularly bond. Even though there isn’t assurance that you’ll remember every moment in your memory, you know that it will all be worthwhile.

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Mastering Kings Cup Rules

Mastering Kings Cup Rules

For almost all cultures and countries across the world, drinking and games appear to match and go together. It’s actually true for hundreds of years before and may most probably be still the case for the coming centuries. Almost all people nowadays have already experienced playing the game at any given time of their lives. Of all types of card games, kings cup seems to be the most common game and young people especially university students are familiar with the kings cup rules.

Today a number of these games are already changed into numerous past times that can be found at the local bar scene including darts, pool, billiards, and ski-ball places. These places are continuing a centuries-old traditions that traces the roots to both cradles of Asian and western civilizations.

Kings cup is an excellent game for big or small groups of people. Groups that are composed of 3 or more members are ideal to play this game. The only real problems while playing this card game is that, when people are presently smashed thus a more often than not, people cannot concentrate and pay closer attention, and when there are plenty of different methods for playing the game.

Apart from the rules which go with the deck of cards, there’s another rule involved in playing the game that is silly but a fun more opportunity to get another person to drink alcoholic beverages is, first an individual has to break a deck of cards encircling drinks once.

The most important part in learning the game is to get familiar with the value and symbol that each card represents.

For those new to this game, kings up is a kind of drinking game involving the use a mug that is surrounded by cards spread alongside. To start the game, the players will now encircle the empty glass surrounded by cards, each player has to pick a card and the team or a player will do what the card says.

For each draw of cards, there?s a corresponding value and tricks that must be performed. Here are some of the most common and typical value of each card:

Ace – Waterfall
2 ? You-One can pick someone among the other players to take a drink
3 ? Me- The person who drew the card has to drink
4 ? Whores-All girls in the group must grab a drink
5 – Rhymes ? The person who drew the card have to say a word but the trick is that the person sitting on his left side has to think of a word that rhyme the word spoken by the person who drew the card within 5 minutes.
6 ? Dicks-All men within the circle has to drink.
7 – Thumbmaster (until another 7 is drawn)
8 ? Mate-The player who drew the card has the power to pick another player within the group to drink the alcohol. The chosen player has to drink for eight consecutive draws.
9 ? Categories-The player who drew the card can choose whatever he feels like adding to the drink but in the event it is the 4th King, the person who drew the card has to drink whatever drink poured or inside the cup.
10- Draw Again-A lifeline, the player who draws the card can pick another card. Good thing for those who drew bad cards but bad thing to those who picked an even worse card the second time around.
J – Make a Rule-As the name implies, the person who drew the card has the power to create his or her own rule which will be strictly followed by all the players throughout the game.
Q ? Questions-For those who drew this card, they have the privilege to ask whatever question they want to ask to a specific player within the group. But here?s the catch, the one who has been asked is not only has to answer the question but also to drink the alcohol.
K – Pour Some Beer in the Mug?Simple, the person who picked this card is only asked to pour an alcohol to the mug. Nothing more, nothing less and this is considered as one of the easiest card value in kings cup rules.

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How to Play Kings Cup

How to Play Kings Cup

There are lots of various variations on how to play kings cup, however the guidelines are basically exactly the same . I am going to provide you the fundamental guidelines I’ve utilized because the very first time most people started playing it.


In playing Kings Cup, a vacant cup is put within the center from the table together with whole deck of cards spread out evenly about it inside a circle. Heading clockwise, gamers draw cards in the circle.

What to complete and know how to play kings cup?

Ace – Waterfall
Starting using the individual who pulls the card, everybody in the table should begin to drink. Gamers can’t quit drinking till the individual on their left stops, starting using the individual who pulled the Ace.

2 – You
Make somebody in the table have a drink

3 – Me
The individual who draws it has to drink

4 – Floor
As soon as the playing cards is shown, everybody playing should touch both side of the table or even the actual floor using hands. The final player to complete so should drink.

5 – Guys
Guys have a drink

6 – Chicks
Girls have a drink

7 – Heaven
As soon as the playing card is shown, everybody playing should place each hands within the air. The final player to complete so should drink.

8 – Mate The gamer that drew that card picks somebody else in the table that should drink each time they are doing till an additional eight is drawn.

9 – RhymeThe gamer who pulled this card states a word. Next the player towards the left of which should believe of a term that rhymes using the one spoken, inside a affordable period of time (5 seconds is generally the max).

ten – By no means Have I Ever
All players place up 3 fingers. Heading clockwise, beginning using the player who pulled the card, gamers say issues that they’ve by no means carried out.
J – Rule The gamer that pulls this card tends to make up a regulation which has to become followed via out the rest from the game.

Q – Questionnaire

You will find a couple of methods of playing this particular card, however the most well-liked would be to possess the individual who pulls the Queen turn out to be the Questionnaire.

K – Kings Category*
Either pour what ever you’re drinking in to the middle mug or, if it’s the Fourth King, you have to drink what ever concoction lay within the cup within the center.

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