In the age of video games, card games have been a little bit forgotten, but they're still an excellent way of getting the kids together for some no-screen fun. They're great for bringing out on a rainy day and perfect for whiling away the hours on long road trips. From competitive strategy games to humourous party games, there really is a kids' card game for everyone - even the grownups!
However, the need to check age recommendations and rules of play means that shopping for card games for kids is time-consuming. That's why we're here to help with a buying guide that'll walk you through everything you need to know and a top 10 list of the best card games for kids. With our buying guide at your disposal, shopping for a kids' card game will take minutes rather than hours!
The key difference between buying adult and child card games is that you must check the recommended age guidelines. This is because kids' brains develop so fast, and for a game to be fun, its difficulty must match their abilities. Too easy, and they'll soon lose interest; too tricky, and they'll quickly find themselves overwhelmed.
Fortunately, finding the recommended age guideline takes only a matter of minutes. Online retailers usually list it in the product description, but it's also often listed in the item's title. In the unlikely occasion that you're still unable to locate it, take a look at some of the product images and see if there's one that shows you the back of the box.
What about those parents with multiple kids of varied ages? It's challenging to find ways to keep both older and younger kids busy, but when purchasing card games, we recommend catering first to the youngest child. This way, all children will be able to play, and the fact that they can challenge their brothers and sisters may keep older kids interested, even if the game is a little too easy!
For older players, check out the Best Card Games for Adults!
Once you know the recommended age guideline, the next step is to check how many players a game is intended for. If you have multiple children, this ensures that everyone can join in. Equally, if you only have one or a couple of children, it's good to check that they'll be able to play without needing to locate more players!
Again, finding the number of players is as simple as checking the product description. Sometimes it'll list a single number (e.g. for 2 players), while other times, it'll be a range (e.g. for 2-4 players). Games that fall into the latter category are ideal for parents with multiple children, as they allow flexibility - you can never be sure whether your moody teenager will be in the mood to join in or not!
Looking for a game that you can take on holiday? Check out the Best Travel Games.
The main aim of any card game is to get your kids playing together. Sometimes a competitive game that encourages kids to strategize and outwit each other in a bit of friendly competition is ideal. However, such games may also cause arguments in kids that are prone to falling out.
If your kids frequently fail to see eye to eye, a casual game that encourages them to bond may be preferable. Such games often require kids to work cooperatively, and while many still maintain an element of strategy, it's less pronounced. At the very least, a casual game is fun for everyone involved, whether they're winning or not, as is the case with a game such as What Do You Meme?
It's up to you as a parent to decide which type of game is preferable. Once you've chosen, the next step is determining which category each card game falls into. Often, taking a look at a summary of the rules in the product description is enough. However, if things still aren't clear, you can always check YouTube, where you'll usually find more in-depth explanations and videos of people playing the game.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
What Do You Meme?
Dinosaurs Top Trumps
Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy
Roll & Play
What Do You Meme? Family Edition
Memory: The Gruffalo
A Popular Themed Game That’s Easy to Play but Difficult to Master
A Beginner’s Introduction to the Strategic Card Battling Game
A Cute Action Game That Encourages You to Bond With Your Baby
A Strategy Game With a Healthy Dose of Meme-Style Humour
Use Quick Reflexes for This Modern Twist on a Classic Card Game
A Travel-Friendly Version of the Classic Board Game That Can Be Completed in 15-Minutes
A Caption Competition Where Laughter Is the Aim of the Game
A Popular Gruffalo-Themed Memory Game for Little Ones
Race to Be the First to Shout Uno! In This Beloved Card Game That's Over 50 Years Old
Train Their Brain With This Exciting Game of Logic and Wit
|Recommended Age||4+||6+||18 months+||7+||6+||8+||8+||3+||7+||8+|
|Number of Players||2-6||2||2 (1 child, 1 parent)||2-10||2-8||2-5||3-20||2-6||2-10||3-4|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Number of Players||2-6|
|Number of Players||2|
|Recommended Age||18 months+|
|Number of Players||2 (1 child, 1 parent)|
|Number of Players||2-10|
|Number of Players||2-8|
|Number of Players||2-5|
|Number of Players||3-20|
|Number of Players||2-6|
|Number of Players||2-10|
|Number of Players||3-4|
PC and cameras
Home appliances and electronics
Cosmetics and skincare
Food and drinks
Kids and baby
Interior and furniture
DIY and tools
Sports and fitness
Books, CDs, DVDs
Cars and motorcycles
Housing equipment and renovation
Smartphones and mobile phones