Family Vacation Games: Crazy Eights

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Family Vacation Games: Crazy Eights

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Crazy Eights

Here is a not so simple card game that kids are also able to play. Crazy eights is an interactive card game for two to four players. It helps kids to practice comparison and challenge them to think about strategy, teach them this educational game on your family vacation.

There are numerous variations of the game with different names and rules such as UNO, Mau-Mau, Last Card, Pesten, Switch, etc. These variations are usually played by adults due to a higher complexity and number of rules.

You will need:

A standard deck of cards without the jokers

From 2 to 4 players

Set up:

If there are 2 players: 7 cards each

If there are 3 or 4 players: 5 cards each

Shuffle the cards and deal 7 or 5 cards to each player.

Place the remaining cards face down on a pile, with the top card face up next to it. This is the discard pile.

How to play:

The first player discards one of his cards that match the number or suit of the card in the discard pile.

For example, if the card in the discard pile is a 7 of hearts the player has to discard either a 7 or a heart.

If he doesn’t have a matching card, he has to pick up a card from the face down deck until he finds one that he can play.

The eight is a special card that can be played anytime to match any number or suit. Even an eight of hearts can be played to match a 2 of spades for example.

The next player has to play a card to match the card that the eight was supposed to cover.

If the face down deck runs out, the discard pile can be used.

The objective of the game is to discard all of the cards, the first player to get rid of all cards in his hand wins.