What do card games teach kids?

Bringing card games into the classroom or afterschool activities can be a great way to shake things up while providing some learning opportunities. While most card games probably don’t exactly seem educational to the kids playing them, there’s no doubt that many of them give students some practical opportunities to learn and explore some important everyday skills.

There are a variety of ways you can introduce card games into schools. You can create afterschool clubs that focus on card games. You can have them on hand for activities during indoor recess, or encourage kids to play card games at lunch. They also make for great family game night activities outside of school.

So what exactly do card games teach kids? Here are just a few examples.

  • Communication: Almost every card game involves some level of communication, whether they involve teamwork or not. As students get more engrossed in the game, they’ll become more confident with the communication it involves. That confidence can carry over into other activities and into the classroom. Other games are more relaxed allowing for group conversation, which can also help kids improve their confidence in social interactions.

  • Group interaction: Going along with communication, card games give kids a chance to get into larger groups and practice their group communications. This is highly beneficial for kids who might be comfortable with one-on-one communications but have a hard time speaking up or adjusting to larger group settings.

  • Sharing: Card games present an opportunity for kids to share, wait and take turns, and that patience can be a very important skill to learn.

  • Math: Many card games involve some quick calculations on the fly, as well as doing some math to plan out plays later in the game. Other card games involve scoring that requires some practice with simple addition, subtraction or multiplication. Giving kids practical outlets to practice their math in a seemingly non-educational setting is a great way to improve their math skills.

  • Motor skills and dexterity: This is more of a benefit for younger children, but it’s worth mentioning. Handling cards, shuffling and dealing can all be beneficial for kids to improve their fine motor skills and dexterity. The more they play, the better they’ll get.

Interested in figuring out a good way to introduce card games into your schools as structured activities? Contact us at Cranium Clubs today and we’ll be happy to help.

Joshua Chernikoff