Pigs Game

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

In this card game, children try to get four of a kind from another player... without letting them notice!


Materials

  • Deck of playing cards

Directions

  1. Up to thirteen players can play this game, but it works best with three to six.
  2. Assemble four cards of the same number for each player.
  3. Shuffle the cards and deal four to each player.
  4. Each player looks at his cards to see if he has four of a kind (of the same number). If nobody does, each player passes one unwanted card facedown to the player on his left.
  5. The players look at their cards again. If nobody has four of a kind, the players pass again until someone has four of a kind.
  6. When someone has four of a kind, instead of passing a card he quietly makes a pig snout by pushing up the tip of his nose with his finger.
  7. As the other players notice the player making a pig snout, they stop passing and do the same.
  8. The last player to make a pig snout must deal the cards for the next game.
Variations
    • Donkey: The first player with four of a kind quietly lays his cards on the table but continues passing cards. As each player notices, he does the same. The last player to notice gets a D. Play until one child gets D-O-N-K-E-Y.
    • Spoons: In the middle of the table place a pile of spoons (one spoon fewer than the number of players). When one player gets four of a kind, he grabs a spoon. As the other players notice, they quickly grab spoons, too. The player left without a spoon deals the cards for the next game.
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