Kings Corner

Ages:  6 years old and up
Number of players:  2 -4
Materials: Deck of cards
Skill Practice:  Number patterning, sequencing, set shifting

Goal:  To get rid of all the cards in their hand

Set up and layout:

  1. Each player is dealt 7 cards
  2. The remainder of the deck is placed face down in the center of the table.  This becomes the draw pile (stock)
  3. The dealer draws 4 cards, one at a time, and places the cards face up around the draw pile ( making a cross shape)
  4. If a king is turned up, it is placed face up in one of the areas between the cards making a cross shape.  This is placing the king in the corner.
  5. Cards are played in columns in descending order alternating color.

Rules for play:

  1. The player right of the dealer begins. 
  2. The player places the next highest card of the opposite color on top of a card that is face up.  For example, if an 8 of hearts (a red card) is face up, a player can play either a 7 of clubs (a black card) or a 7 of spades (a black card) on the 8 of hearts.
  3. Cards can be played from the players hand or the top cards moved from one pile to another pile on the table.
  4. If a player plays a King, it goes in one of the four corners
  5. If a blank spot is created, the player places their highest card in that spot from their hand
  6. A player keeps playing until they are unable to play cards.  Then their turn is over.  The player can knock to signal that they have finished their turn.
  7. After all the players have had a turn, a round of play has been completed.  Each player draws 1 card before beginning their next turn.
  8. If a player forgets to draw before beginning their next turn and the other players “catch” it, that player loses their turn.
  9. Play continues until a player gets rid of all of the cards in their hand