May 24 2010
Playing cards have always been a fun part of every family and has helped in bonding between family members.Portable, cost effective and easy to handle, makes the set of cards a must to have by every family, specially with kids.
I was never aware that playing card can not only bond various family members but also kids of the family can get benefited from it.
Card games can help them in improving their addition skills, logical skills, eye coordination and memory skills too.
A playing card is a piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin card, or thin plastic, figured with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.
A complete set of cards is called a pack or deck, and the set of cards held at one time by a player during a game is commonly called their hand. A deck of cards may be used for playing a great variety of card games. Because playing cards are both standardized and commonly available, they are often adapted for other uses, such as magic tricks, encryption, boardgames, or building house of cards.
The front (or “face”) of each card carries markings that distinguish it from the other cards in the deck and determine its use under the rules of the game being played. The back of each card is identical for all cards in any particular deck, and usually of a single color or formalized design. The back of playing cards is sometimes used for advertising. For most games, the cards are assembled into a deck, and their order is by shuffling.
Cards are inexpensive, easily portable and endlessly adaptable. Families can enjoy a game together, kids can play in groups on their own, and a solitary child can while away the hours playing “solitaire” games or building card houses. We have many suggestions below.
Select a number of pairs of cards appropriate to your child. Older children can use the whole pack of 52.
Shuffle, and spread all the cards out face down on the table between the players (you can either choose a random arrangement, or lay the cards out in grid form; the latter makes it easier to remember where cards are placed).
The object of the game is to find matching pairs. Players take it in turns to turn over 2 cards. Let all the players see them and study them. If they are not a matching pair, try to remember what and where they are, then turn them back over. Play then passes to the next player. If they are a matching pair, that player removes them from the table and keeps them, and then has another turn.
When all cards have been removed from the table, each player counts up the number of cards they have collected. The player with the most cards is the winner.
Extremely good for younger children, this variation of the game has only one central, face-up snap pile. The players each add a new card to the snap pile until the top card matches the one beneath it. The first player to shout “snap” takes the whole central pile and adds them to the bottom of his own face-down stack.
If a player runs out of cards, he is out. The winner is the player who ends up with all the cards.