Living with a chronic illness can have the tendency to isolate a person. It’s difficult to feel like getting out of the house sometimes, and not everyone feels like talking a lot. Sometimes chronic lung disease symptoms like shortness of breath make walking and even talking challenging. For those who would rather be busy doing something with a visiting family member or friend, here are 3 Easy Card Games to play that don’t involve a lot of teaching or learning. We hope these help you pass the time while having a good time and building relationships.
Ages: Kids, Teens and Adults
The simple concept and interaction make it fun for everyone, and the constant interaction means that no one gets bored while they wait for a turn.
Objective: Collect all the cards.
- Everyone sits in a circle around the table. Deal clockwise until you run out of cards. Everyone holds his or her cards face-down without looking at them.
- Going around the circle, each player draws a card from the top of his or her deck. They do this with the card face-out, so that the player can’t see the card before it is played. Next, the player places that card in the center of the circle. Each player continues to place his or her cards in the center this way.
- When a Jack court card is turned face-up, the goal is to be the first person to “slap” it, or cover it with your hand. If several people slap at once, the person whose hand is most in contact with the Jack adds all the cards to their pile. This is where some disagreements can happen. Be nice!
- If a player incorrectly slaps a card, he or she has to hand over the top card in the pile to the player who placed the slapped card. That player adds the extra card to the bottom of his or her deck.
- When a player runs out of cards, that player is out—unless he or she can slap a Jack laid by someone else. At that point, the previously “out” player is back in and can play with the cards collected from the pile.
- Play continues until one person wins all of the cards. For a shorter version, stop play when the first person runs out of cards. Whoever ends up with the most cards in his or her hand wins.
This game gets the whole family involved and keeps everyone alert and engaged.
Objective: Be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
- Deal 5 cards, one at a time, face-down, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. Place the rest of the cards face-down in the center of the table, then flip the first card face-up, and place it beside the facedown pile. If an eight is revealed, bury it in the middle of the pack, and the next card is flipped. The face-up cards create a “starter” pile.
- Starting to the dealer’s left, each player places one card face-up on the starter pile. Each card played (except for an eight) has to match the card showing at the top of the starter pile, either in suit or in denomination. For example, if the king of clubs is the starter, the card played has to be either another king or any card from the clubs suit. If unable to play a card, the player draws cards from the top of the face-down cards until it becomes possible to make a play.
- If the face-down pile runs out, the player has to pass his or her turn on to the next player. When that happens, save the card at the top of the starter pile, and shuffle the cards underneath. Next, turn them face-down, and use them to start a new stock pile.
- All eights are wild. An eight can be played at any time in a player’s turn, and the player should only specify a suit for it, not a number.
- The first player to end up without cards wins the game!
Play or Pay
This game involves some small-scale betting. It’s also fun to use poker chips, jelly beans or candies to play instead of chips.
Objective: Complete the suits and be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
- Each puts one poker chip (or whatever you’re using) into the pot before each deal. Deal the cards one at a time, clockwise, face-down, beginning with the player on the left. If some players get fewer cards than the others, each player should add one additional chip to compensate.
- Starting with the player to the left of the dealer, the first person lays down a card. All cards played remain face-up on the table, arranged in four rows of the four suits. The first player can play any card. The sequence in the suit must be built up until all thirteen cards are played, and the sequence in the suit is continuous.
- The player does not have to start with the first card in a suit (the Ace). He or she can start with any card. The rest of the players have to add in that order to complete that suit before moving onto the next suit. For example, J, Q, K, A, 2, all the way to 10. Or, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A, 2 and so on all the way to 6.
- The turn to play follows clockwise. If a person cannot play in turn, he or she puts a chip in the pot. Whoever plays the thirteenth card of a suit chooses any card from their hand to begin the next series.
- The first person to get rid of all their cards wins the pot.
These 3 easy card games only begin to scratch the surface of what you can do with a deck of cards. If these games are too elementary, try poker or bridge to pass the time with friends and family. Games are a fun way to connect with people, and there’s no reason to limit them to card games. Try checkers, Scrabble or backgammon. If you’re a strategic thinker, chess is an endlessly re-playable game as well.
Living with lung disease presents challenges of all sorts, but we hope these 3 easy card games are fun to play for you and your family. If you or someone you know lives with chronic lung disease, perhaps it’s time to consider cellular therapy as an option to regain the quality of life COPD and other chronic lung illnesses can steal away. The Lung Institute offers cellular therapy for many major pulmonary conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. The Lung Institute uses cells derived from the patient’s own body.
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