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Card Games to Limit Kids’ Screen Time

Card Games to Limit Kids’ Screen Time

If there’s one thing every parent struggles with, it’s how to keep our kids off of those damn devices.  

Let’s face it. We all love our smartphones, iPads, laptops and any other device we can get our hands on… But as adults we generally have the ability to self-regulate and know when enough is enough. Our kids on the other hand cannot always determine when it’s time for a break from the various screens they spend their days in front of.

One way that could help pull the kids away from the screen is a family afternoon of board games or card games.

Yes, you heard that right, card games. If you’re not too strong at card games yourself I’d bring in board games or puzzles. Anything that will get the family sitting around the coffee table talking, laughing and having fun.

So what are the right card games for the right ages to peel these kids away from their smartphones.

For the young kids

For kids under 10 it might be worthwhile to keep it to the simpler games. I mean I’ve only just mastered Solitaire in my early 20s. Our top recommendations are:

  • Go Fish
  • Spoons
  • Memory
  • Old Maid
  • Basic solitaire games
  • UNO (in fact they still like to play this)

For the older kids

After the age of 10 our kids should be able to move beyond Go Fish and onto the more advanced games. Our top recommendations are:

  • Spit
  • Cheat
  • Poker
  • More complex games such as solitaire

Is there a favourite card game of yours that we have missed on this list? Let us know over on Facebook!

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