Have a deck of playing cards? Here are some games you can play as a family:
Memory Why buy a specialty memory game when you have a deck of cards? Lay the cards face down in a grid. (This is a great chance for your kids to practice their math skills, making grids of different lengths and widths.) Players take turns turning over two cards, trying to make a match. If a player makes a match, he or she picks up the cards and goes again. If the numbers do not match, they are turned back over. Players take turns turning over two cards, attempting to make a match. Play continues until all the cards have been matched. The player with the most matches wins!
Old Maid Before you begin, remove one queen from the deck and set aside. Do not deal out that queen and do not use that queen for the game. Then shuffle and deal all the cards to the players. Players do not need to have an equal amount of cards. How to play: Each player looks at their cards and matches up as many of the cards as they can in pairs. If a player has 3-of-a-kind, they should only lay down 2 of the 3 and keep the other card in their hand. After all players have laid down all their matches, the dealer spreads out all their cards, face down and turns to the player on their left. This player picks one card and tries to make a match with any of the cards left in their hand. If no matches can be made the player adds it to their own cards and then offers his/her own hand to the player on their left. That player takes one card and tries to match it to the cards in their hand. Play continues until all cards have been matched up and only one remains - the queen that doesn't have a match (because you hid the match before you dealt out the cards)! The player left holding the "Old Maid" is out of luck!
Slap Jack Deal out all the cards face down. Without looking, each player holds the stack of cards, face down, in their hand.
Starting on the dealer’s left, each player lays down one card from the top of their pile, face up, in the center of the table. When the card played to the center pile is a jack, the first player to slap their hand down wins the pile! That player then takes all the cards in the stack, adds the stack to their own pile of cards and shuffles it. If someone slaps the deck of cards when a jack has not been played, that person must give a card, face down, to the person who played the card. When a player runs out of cards they can remain in the game until the next jack is played in an attempt to win more cards. If they fail to win more cards when the next jack is played, they are out of the game. The game continues until someone wins all the cards.