If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to pass the time with friends or family, card games are a great option. Whether you’re looking for something quick and simple or a game that requires a bit more strategy, there are plenty of easy card games out there. Here are some of our favorites:
Go Fish is a classic card game that’s perfect for kids and adults alike. To play, you’ll need a standard deck of 52 cards. The objective is to collect sets of four cards with the same rank (e.g., four Aces). The game begins with each player being dealt five cards.
Players take turns asking each other if they have any cards of a certain rank (e., “Do you have any Queens?”). If the other player has any cards of that rank, they must give them to the asking player. If not, the asking player must “go fish” by drawing a card from the deck. The game continues until one player runs out of cards or all sets have been collected.
War is another classic card game that’s easy to learn and play. To start, shuffle a standard deck of 52 cards and deal them evenly among two players. Each player flips over their top card at the same time, and whoever has the higher-ranking card wins both cards and adds them to their pile.
If both players flip over cards with the same rank (e., two Kings), it’s war time! Players place three face-down cards on top of their original face-up card and then flip over another face-up card. The higher-ranking card wins all eight cards in play.
Uno is a popular family-friendly card game that’s perfect for groups. To play, you’ll need an Uno deck (which can be purchased at most toy stores). The objective is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards. Each player is dealt seven cards, and the remaining cards are placed in a draw pile.
The top card of the draw pile is placed face-up on the table to start a discard pile. Players take turns matching the color or number of the top card on the discard pile. If a player can’t play a card, they must draw from the draw pile. Special cards like “Skip,” “Reverse,” and “Draw Two” add an extra level of strategy to the game.
Old Maid is a simple and fun card game that’s great for kids. To play, you’ll need a standard deck of 52 cards with one Queen removed (the “Old Maid”). The objective is to avoid being left with the Old Maid at the end of the game. Deal all of the cards evenly among players (some players may have one extra card).
Players take turns asking each other for cards that will make pairs (e., “Do you have any Jacks?”). When a pair is formed, those two cards are removed from play. The game continues until all pairs have been made except for one—the player left with the Old Maid loses.
Crazy Eights is a fast-paced card game that’s easy to learn and perfect for groups of all ages. To start, shuffle a standard deck of 52 cards and deal five cards to each player (seven if there are only two players). Place the remaining cards face-down on the table as a draw pile, and flip over one card to start a discard pile.
Players take turns playing cards that match either the rank or suit of the top card on the discard pile. Eights are wild and can be played at any time to change suit or rank. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the game.
These are just a few examples of easy card games that you can play with friends and family. Whether you’re looking for something quick and simple or a game that requires a bit more strategy, there’s sure to be a card game out there that you’ll enjoy. So grab a deck of cards and get ready to have some fun!