Stealing Bundles

Ages: 4 years old and up
Number of players: 2-4

Materials: Deck of cards
Skill Practice: Number recognition, matching

Goal: To gather the largest bundle of cards

Set up:

  1. Dealer deals 4 cards to each player. This becomes the players’ hand.
  2. Next, the dealer deals 4 cards face up in the center of the table.  The cards need to be in a row and visible to each player.
  3. The remaining cards are placed in a pile, face down, near the dealer to use later.

Rule for play:

  1. The player on the left of the dealer begins the play. Play continues clockwise.
  2. At each player’s turn, the player must play 1 card from their hand.
  3. If the card played matches the one of the face up cards, the player takes the cards. The cards are placed in front of the player. This begins the player’s bundle. The last card the player played must be on top.
  4. If a player plays a card that does not match on a pile, the card stays for the next player’s turn.
  5. If a player plays a card that matches the top card of an opponent’s bundle, the player steals that bundle.  The bundle is placed on top of the stealing player’s bundle.
  6. After the players use up their hand of 4 cards, the dealer deals 4 more cards to each player and the play continues. The card layout remains the same.
  7. Play continues as described above.
  8. After all the cards have been dealt and the last match made, the remaining cards on the table are added the bundle of the player who made the last match.
  9. The winner of the game is the player with the largest bundle or stack of cards.