Playing by the rules

When it’s a rainy afternoon and you’ve watched one too many episodes of Scooby-doo, why not break out the playing cards, gather in the troops and play Jack Changes?  It’s what we do when Lil’ D comes to stay, and we aunties quite enjoy the challenge of remembering all the rules and trying to beat the already remarkable skills of a 7 year old!  Perhaps her daddy’s insistence that she learn to play without help will create a master card player…

You will need:

Jack changes

Domo-kun Japanese playing cards

one pack of playing cards- these are ours →

3 players + (it can be played with 2 but it becomes predictable)

Each player is given 7 cards and the rest are placed in the centre of the table, the top card is turned over beside the pile.

The idea is to get rid of all your cards and you can only put down a card if it is the same suit or value.  You must pick up a card if you can’t put one down.  Easy right? It’s a good game for teaching rules to the dotes if you can keep them straight in your head!!  Though really, we wouldn’t recommend for dotes under 6.   Snap is a good starter for them.

The trick cards

8- next player miss a go

2- pick up 2 cards (If the next player puts down a 2, then the next will need to pick up 4 cards, or put down a 2 and the count goes up to 6- this gets fun!!!)

King- change direction backwards

Ace of hearts- next person picks up 5 cards

Joker- player choose who picks up 5 cards (if the chosen player puts down the other joker they choose who gets 10 cards)

Jack- changes the suit (or can choose to stay the same- sometimes you just need to get rid of cards)

Players must say ‘last card’ on their last card, or pick up another card. Wait till you get to your last card and suddenly a joker appears with your name on it, it can be heartbreaking!!  Some of Lil’ D’s trash talk can make a grown Auntie want to cry, or burst with pride.  We can’t wait to teach Lil’ Graphic Novelist this one!!

Of course, when you perfect this version, you can up the ante with 2 packs! Then your head will really explode!

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