Build a house from playing cards.

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House of Cards

This house of cards game challenges kids to build a house from playing cards, but with a twist: The cards have to be of the same suit. This rainy day activity for kids works best with four players.

What You'll Need:
  • Standard deck of cards
  • Large table or floor
  • 4 players

To play this house of cards game, follow the steps, below: Step 1: Before play starts, each of the players must pick a suit to call his or her own: hearts, diamonds, clubs, or spades.

Step 2: Pull the jokers from the deck, and deal out all the cards to the players. The game is played in rounds.

Step 3: If any of the players have three cards of their own suit right after they are dealt, they may put the three cards together to begin to build their house.

Step 4: Try holding two cards upright and placing a card flat on top of them.

Step 5: In the next round, each player passes one card to their right.

Step 6: If a player already has another suit card or just gained one, they may add it to their house. If they don't have another suit card, they wait until the next round.

The rounds continue until someone's house falls down. Then that player's cards are dealt out to the remaining players. This is repeated until only one house is standing -- the house belonging to the winner of the game!

Building a house from cards requires manual dexterity. Continue reading to learn about a rainy day activity for kids that challenges kids' mental dexterity.

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