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The best traditional card games for families


Playing card games is a great way for families to bond. Here are my picks for the best traditional card games for families, including children 8 and up (and younger in some cases). All of these games can be played with a standard 52-card deck.

1. Crazy Eights

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For 2 to 4 players. Crazy Eights, also known as Eights and as Swedish Rummy, is a distant relative of Rummy. It's known as a "stops" game because players can be stopped from discarding if they don't have a proper card.

2. Go Fish

For 2 to 6 players. Go Fish is a set collection game in which players try to gather sets of four cards of the same rank by asking other players for cards they might have.

3. I Doubt It

For 3 to 5 players with one deck of cards. 6 to 11 players with two decks. I Doubt It is a fun card game that's great for children and adults to play together.

4. Spoons

For 3 to 13 players. Spoons is a clever card game that can be played by children and adults together. This card game also goes by the names Pig and Tongue, and spoons are not necessary to play those versions of the game.

5. Go Boom

For 2 to 12 players. In the same family of games as Crazy Eights and Fan Tan, Go Boom is a trick-taking game that works well for both children and adults.

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