Knuckles

Ages: 6 to 12 years old
Number of players: 2
Materials: Deck of cards
Skill Practice:  Addition, concepts of higher/lower

Goal: To collect cards to that total the lowest amount.

Card Values:

  • Cards 2 to 10 are equal to face value
  • Aces are worth 1 point
  • Jacks are worth 0 points
  • Queens and Kings are worth 10 points.

Set up:

  1. Dealer passes out 5 cards to each player.
  2. The remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the table.

Rules for play:

  1. Players decide who will go first.
  2. The first player selects the top card from the stack in the middle of the table. The player exchanges the card with a card from the players hand if it is lower than the other cards in the hand. The player discards either the drawn card or the exchanged card. The discarded card is placed faced up in the discard pile. 
  3. The next player either takes a card from the draw pile or from the discard pile.  The player either discards the exchanged card or the drawn card.
  4. The play continues until a player raps on the playing surface to signal that the player has the lowest hand.  The players compare their hands. The player with the lowest amount wins the round. 
  5. If a player does not rap to end the game, play continues until all the cards in the draw pile have been selected.  Players compare their hands.  The player with the lowest hand wins.