Spoons Card Game

Need a quick idea for something you can do all together tonight? At home? Around the kitchen table?

Below are the instructions for a simple card game called “Spoons”. Hope it’s a hit!

Spoons Card Game

What You Need:   *Deck of cards    *Spoons (one less # of players)


1.The object is to collect four cards of one kind (four twos, four kings and so on) OR to collect a run of four (four cards in a row – for example, a 2, 3, 4, and 5)…and not to be the person left without a spoon. To begin, place the spoons (one fewer than the number of players) in the center of the table within grabbing reach of all players. Each player is dealt four cards. The dealer keeps the deck.

2.The dealer picks a card from the deck and then either keeps it and discards one card from his hand OR simply takes the one he drew from the deck and slides it facedown to the player to his left. That player takes it, and makes the same decision – to either keep it and discard one from his hand or to simply pass that card on to his left.

3.Each player in turn does the same, as quickly as possible. Each person should have four cards in his hand at all times. The player to the right of the dealer places discarded cards in a pile to his left (the dealer’s right) to be used by the dealer when the original deck is used up.

4.Play continues until one player has four of a kind or a run of four, at which time he takes a spoon from the pile. He may steal the spoon as secretly as possible, continuing to pass cards until someone else notices. Or he may grab his spoon, creating a mad rush for spoons at the table.

5.The player left without a spoon has lost the round. If you like to keep score, that player is given the letter ‘S’. As players spell S-P-O-O-N-S, they are out. The player left at the end is the winner.

P.S. If you’ve got a real large group, you may want to add an extra deck or two of cards… and just one spoon less than the number of players.

P.P.S. If you’ve got a real rowdy group, plastic spoons may be the safer option.

P.P.P.S. No – I don’t recommend changing this to a game of forks. Or knives. Now go play!


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