Donkey

Ages:  5 -12 years old
Number of players:  2 -4
Materials: Deck of cards
Skill Practice:  Number concept of higher/lower

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

Set up:  

  1. Deal 7 cards to each player
  2. The Remaining cards are placed in the center of the table and form a draw pile
  3. Turn the top card from the draw pile face up and place it next to the draw pile.  This indicates the first suit to be played.

Rules for play:

  1. Determine who will play first.
  2. The player would need to place a card that matches the suit of the card face up on the playing pile.
  3. If the player cannot match the suit, the player continues to draw until they receive a card that can be played.
  4. The next player either plays a card that matches the suit in the play pile or draws until they receive a card that can be played.
  5. The player who plays the highest card in that suit during that hand wins the cards.
  6. The winner takes the cards and sets them aside.  Then, the player plays a card to start the next round.
  7. Play continues as above until all the cards are gone.
  8. The last player who has cards in their hand loses the game.