Card games for the very young


Published on There are a lot of benefits for children if they are included in traditional family games, meaning board games and card games. You might wonder if your preschool child is too young to start playing card games, but you might be surprised. Sure, a three-year-old isn’t going to be ready to join in a game of 500 yet, but there are some card games that very young children can join in with.

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Card games for the very young

  1. 1. You might wonder if yourpreschool child is too young tostart playing card games, but youmight be surprised.
  2. 2. You may wonder what the benefitsof introducing card games to thevery young are. Obviously, yourchild will learn some good socialskills – and that’s something thatwe consider very important as partof Montessori education.
  3. 3. Card games are good icebreakers andknowing a few of the most popularand easy ones.
  4. 4. Card games also introduce some goodmathematical and scientific skills.
  5. 5. The same applies to identifying courtcards. You’ve also got maths skills –recognising numbers, as well as rankingand ordering.
  6. 6. Classification – identifying whether acard is a heart, diamond, spade or club –is a basic scientific skill and is one ofthe things that we do in a Montessoriclassroom.
  7. 7. When you begin playing card gameswith your preschool child,remember to insist on proper card-playing etiquette right from thestart.
  8. 8. Holding a hand of cards in a traditionalfan is very difficult for small hands. It’sbest to let him or her lay the cards inthe hand down face up behind a screensuch as a large book at first.
  9. 9. What card games can preschool children play?
  10. 10. • Snap. The most basic card game of them all. The very simplest version involves calling “snap” on matching suits; the more “advanced” version requires matching numbers.
  11. 11. • Fish. Another simple matching game, where you collect sets of four (e.g. four jacks, four queens, four aces, etc.).
  12. 12. This can be played when your child isable to recognise numbers (and theletters J, Q, K and A) and knows that afull set of four has a heart, a diamond, aspade and a club.
  13. 13. Spoons. A more lively game where theaim is to collect a set of four. Here,the parent takes out enough cards sothat there is one set of four per person(this one is best played with more thantwo players).
  14. 14. Donkey. Again, this requires children tobe able to recognise letters andnumbers.
  15. 15. Beggar My Neighbour. This one alsogoes by the rather naughty name ofStrip Jack Naked. It’s a two-playergame so divide the pack in half.
  16. 16. • I Declare War. Like Beggar My Neighbour, the aim is to win all the cards. Any number of players, and divide the pack evenly among them.
  17. 17. Later on, encouragethe use of the fan,starting with a smallnumber of cards.
  18. 18. There are many other card games thatare good for young children to play, butthese should be good to get you started.
  19. 19. For more interesting games aboutchildren learning check