Have you ever (tried) playing cards with a small child?
It’s adorable. They try holding all the cards in their pudgy little hands, sometimes a couple slip out and hit the floor. So, the child will set the rest of their cards on the table (face-up) and tend to the fallen soldiers. Then they will try to fan the cards, like yours, and try to understand the card game rules. Often, they hold their cards too far away from their face, showing the world what they’re holding.
Caleb still does this sometimes… and playing Uno is a joke, because he likes to give out all those +2s and +4s, so when it gets back to him, he’s picking up half the deck.
It’s still funny, though.
I love playing cards, and it’s not something I get to do often enough. My mother taught me all sorts of games when I lived at home. Go Fish. Gin Rummy. 21. 31. War. Poker. Crazy Eights. Black Jack. Solitaire. Old Maid. Slap Jack. We spent hours playing together. They are some of my fondest memories. We often played with a plastic deck, and the cards would always go sliding right off the table when we dealt!
Playing cards are a must-have for camping, in my books. They’re a fun and easy way to pass the time if you’re stuck with rainy weather.
Transfer a deck into popsicle sticks, and you’ve not only got a space-saving option for your camping trip, but you’ve also got child-friendly playing “cards”. Kids won’t have quite so many issues by using and playing with these.
MYO Popsicle Stick Playing Cards
Pick up some popsicle or craft sticks at your local dollar store. Also pick up two Sharpies, black and red.
Obviously, you will need 52 sticks (or cards), 13 for each suit.
You can see from my examples, the marker does tend to bleed a little, so you may need to touch a couple up after you’re finished.
To make these waterproof, give the suit end of the sticks a coat of clear finish (spray if possible).
These are so compact, you can put the whole “deck” into a snack-sized zipper-topped bag and be on your way. And obviously, these can be used for any outing, not just camping. If your kids get along, they can play a couple of games in the backseat during a car ride.
If your family enjoys playing card games, I strongly suggest getting a book on card games. This is mine (okay, it’s my mom’s, I swiped it when I moved out – it’s from Miracle Mart and cost $0.65!!). It’s handy for checking rules or trying to figure out a new game.
What do you think? Will you give these a whirl?