Rummy Variation for Kids
Have _________ when a child is learning to play the game.
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Hi, I'm Susan Harding, here today with About.com and today I'm going to show you how to teach the popular card game Rummy to kids.It can take awhile to learn how to play Rummy like an expert, but it's easy to teach kids a simplified version that's fun and only takes a few minutes to play.We are focusing on this easiest version of Rummy with only two players. Have an adult deal ten cards to each player. While learning, place the cards face up – just until they get the hang of it. To win at rummy, players need to get rid of all their cards. They do this by collecting “runs” or “sets”.So to begin, show kids what a run is, consecutive numbers in the same suit, such as the 8, 9 and 10 of hearts. And show them what a group is, which is three or four cards with the same number, so it could be a 7 of clubs, 7 of diamonds and a 7 of hearts. That is a set.Forming Runs or Sets in RummyThe goal is to collect two runs or groups of 4 cards and one of three cards. Tell kids to group their matching cards and the beginning of runs together in their hand. Place the remaining cards left over after dealing, in a pile on the table, this is called the stock. Turn over the top card and place it face up beside the pile. Each player begins his or her turn by choosing whether to take the top card from the discard pile or the top card from the stock pile.If you can make a set or run, lay them down in front so all of the cards can be seen by everyone. And then get rid of one card by placing it face up in the discard pile. The player's turn is over after discarding the card. The next player, does the same thing, chooses which pile to draw from, puts down any runs or sets, and then discards a card.How to Win RummyThis continues until one player gets rid of all their cards, with a hand that's made up entirely of runs and set. That player is the winner!And one more tip, have patience when your child is learning, sometimes they just need to watch a few hands first and then they'll quickly get the hang of it.If you'd like more information on card games for kids, stay right here on About.com.