This is a brilliant starter game for children, who enjoy the rhythm (once they get the hang of it) and the silliness of it all. It is one game that even the youngest child doesn't seem to mind losing, which makes it a real winner! And a little secret - even teenagers and adults enjoy it!

Instructions for "Pig" card game for kids

Number of Players:
3+ (and up to 13 using one pack of cards)

Age Range:

Standard 52-card deck


For each player, take four of a kind out of the deck and put aside the rest of the cards. If you are playing with younger children, try to make sure that the cards are as different from each other as possible. For example, if you were playing with 3 players you might choose the 4s, 8s and Queens. Shuffle your chosen cards well.

Deal the cards so that each player has four. Now each player looks at their hand and sorts the cards out. The aim of the game is to collect four of a kind, at which point you quickly, and quietly, put a finger on your nose. If you see another player put a finger on their nose, you must do so too (regardless of whether you have 4 of a kind or not). The last player to put a finger on their nose gets a letter - first P, then I, then G.

To play, choose which cards you want to collect then choose a card to discard and put it, face down, on the table in front of you. When everyone has a card on the table, simultaneously pass your card to the player on your left and then pick up the card which has been passed to you. Try to establish a rhythm - it can help if an adult says "down - pass - pick up, down - pass - pick up" to keep everyone going!

The first player to reach "P-I-G" is the loser. If you want a longer game, try playing with D-O-N-K-E-Y instead.


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