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Card Games for Kids

Hat Trick

See how many cards you can toss into the hat with Hat Trick.
See how many cards you can toss into the hat with Hat Trick.
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Get three of your friends together and play Hat Trick! This game only sounds easy -- there is skill involved. It's also a fun activity to play by yourself -- you can practice your skills for the next time your friends come to visit.

Although this game is intended for four people, you can adjust the rules for any number of players -- play as teams, for example, or remove one suit from the deck of cards if only three people are playing.

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What You'll Need:

  • Standard deck of cards
  • Hat with stiff sides (or a small empty garbage can or coffee can)
  • Yardstick or ruler­

How to Play "Hat Trick":

Step 1: Take the jokers out of the deck and then divide the deck into the four different suits -- hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades -- and give a suit to each player.

Step 2: Place the hat (or can) on the floor, open end up.

Step 3: Stand back about six feet (measure with the ruler or yardstick).

Step 4: Take turns tossing cards into the hat.

When all the cards have been tossed, each player counts the number of cards in his or her suit that landed in the hat. The person with the most cards in the hat is the winner.

If there is a tie, those players play another round to determine a winner.

Keep reading to learn a fast-paced barnyard card game!

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