Playing Cards on Father’s Day

Normally we’re always together on weekends and when these “Hallmark days” (Mother’s Day, Grandparents’ Day, etc.) roll around. This year’s Father’s Day was a bit different, though, as J was off somewhere with his teammates for the weekend and didn’t come home until late afternoon on Sunday. We did try to make the most of the time remaining to celebrate. I whipped up a pasta dish and we played cards, and it was fun!

7 Ate 9

The first game we played was “7 Ate 9”. Basically the deck is composed of cards bearing a large number (1-10) and a small number with the plus and minus sign in the corner (+/- 1, 2, or 3). Shuffle the cards, place one face down on the center of the table, and distribute the rest evenly amongst the players. Once done, you flip the center card and race against each other to add the next card to the pile. The only rules are:

  1. You have to take cards from your deck one at a time.
  2. The large number on the card you wish to place should correctly answer either of the 2 equations on the top card of the pile. So if the topmost card has the large number 7 and the small number +/- 2, you can only place a 5 (because 7-2=5) or a 9 (7+2=9) card.
  3. If an equation results in a number that exceeds 10, the card you add to the pile should be 10 less than the answer. So if the sum is 12, you can add a 2 to the pile. If it’s 14, place a 4 card.
  4. The first player who runs out of cards wins!


The second game we tried out was “Straw”. The gameplay here is fairly simple, too. The central card is a camel, and you have a common deck composed of all the other cards. Each player begins the game with 4 cards in their hand, and they take turns “loading” the camel with goods by adding a card on the pile, and then drawing a card from the deck. Most of the cards represent different items with varying weights (indicated by the number printed on them). The others, such as “Reverse” and “Copy”, will allow you to turn the tide of the game when used correctly. The player that “breaks the camel’s back” by exceeding the 50 weight limit on the camel loses, and the remaining players calculate their scores by adding the numbers on the cards they have on hand. The one with the highest score wins the game.

Both games are perfect for our family because they’re easy to understand and play, they don’t take too long to finish, and Y gets to practice simple Math when playing. 😊 


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