Crazy 8s

Ages: 4 years old an up
Number of Players: 2-4 or more players
Materials: Deck of Cards
Skill Practice: Number Recognition, matching, visual attention and shifting

Goal: To get rid of all the cards in your hand first

Specific Card Values:

  • All 8 cards are wild and can be played at anytime. 

Set up:

  1. Dealer deals 5 cards to each player.
  2. The remaining cards are placed face down as the draw pile.
  3. The top card is turned over and placed beside the draw pile.  This is the starter card.

Rules for play:

  1. Players need to decide who will go first.  Typically the player on the left side of the dealer begins play.
  2. The player can play a card of the same number or of the same suit.  For example, if the starter card is a 3 of diamonds, the player can play a 3 or a diamond card.
  3. The next player continues to play in that manner.
  4. If a player cannot make a play, then the player must draw from draw pile until they receive a card to play. The player keeps the cards that were drawn.
  5. If a player has an 8, that card is wild and can be played at anytime.
  6. Play continues even when the draw pile becomes exhausted.  If a player doesn’t have a card to play, their turn is skipped at that time.
  7. The player who gets rid of their cards first wins the game, but if no player can get rid of their cards, the game ends in a tie or a block.