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Fun Card Games for First Through Third Graders

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Everyone loves card games, and for young elementary-school-aged children, card games can be a fun way to pass the time on rainy days, while traveling or when they tire of other toys. More importantly, at this age, kids can enjoy so many of the classic games that are perfect for family game night. So, stock up on these fan favorites.

These card games for first through third graders help to teach numbers and colors while reinforcing memorization skills. Each deck is sure to provide hours of fun.

Best for Larger Groups

Parents of younger children will like that these card games are easier to learn than some of the classic picks. Children as young as 6 years old can play these games.

The deck in this card game features 105 cards. Gameplay is quick and can accommodate two to six children. It’s best for children ages 5 or older.

We like that this card game for first through third graders has smaller cards that are easy for little hands to grasp. We also like the bold illustrations that help to keep kids engaged.

This card game is ideal for children as young as 4, and can accommodate up to seven players. We also like that the instructions are easy to follow.

Expert Commentary

Give your child a non-screen activity with these engaging games! It’s a struggle to compete with iPads and TVs, but these games are tried and true diversions that are fun for the entire family. These games also help develop critical thinking skills while disguised as silly fun. Choose the card game that you think will best engage your family. I personally love Go Fish and other classic card games that I played while growing up.

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