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Crazy 8s card game


Crazy 8s card game

What to do with this activity?

Crazy 8s is a card game you can play with two people, or three if you are helping your child. Teach your child the names of the suits - hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs. Here's how to play:

1. After shuffling the cards, deal seven cards each. Leave the rest of the cards on the table, face down.

2. Encourage your child not to show their cards. Help them to organise their cards into the different suits so it is easier to see what they have.

3. One person turns over the top card from the pile on the table, and lays it down in a pile of its own. 

4. If they find they have a card that matches  - either the same suit or the same number - they can put that card down on top of it. For example, if the card turned up is a four of hearts, they can put down any heart or any number four. You can only put down one card at a time. Then it´s the other person´s turn. 

5. Where the name "Crazy 8s" comes in is that you can put down a number 8 of any suit any time. The 8 in this game has a special power! By doing this, you can change the suit to any suit you like - which might help you get rid of more cards. 

6. If you can´t put down any card (in the example, if you have no hearts, or fours, or eights) then you have to pick up a card from the face down pile. You have to keep picking up from the face down pile until you can put one down.

7. The aim is to get rid of all your cards first.



  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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