Hot Times!

Well, Dear Readers, summer has certainly arrived at Dot and Mae’s! It’s getting hotter and hotter each day! Is it hot where you live? Some days Dot and Mae just want to spend the afternoon inside trying to keep cool!

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Sometimes when they stay inside they like to play cards. The other day, the Tiki Heads stopped by so Dot and Mae asked them if they would like to play for a bit. Well, as you can probably imagine, the Tiki Heads are quite gruff – plus they cheat at cards – so Dot and Mae decided not to play cards with them anymore. They always try to make up rules as they go along, which would be fine, except the rules are always for THEIR benefit. They’re just sore losers and it’s no fun to play with someone like that!

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Dot and Mae love to play cards with their friend Jet Kitty. He is so much fun and he helps them hold their cards – which is a big help to girls as tiny as Dot and Mae!

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That picture isn’t so great – you can’t see Jet’s face so here’s a close up – handsome huh?

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What kind of card games do you like to play? Here are the rules for some of Dot and Mae’s favorite card games:

Rules for War

Shuffle the cards well. Deal the entire deck, keeping all of the cards down and no peeking. To begin, both players turn their top cards simultaneously and place them side-by-side, face up, in the center. The one who plays the higher-ranking card gets to keep both the cards (Aces are high in this game). These cards are added to the bottom of the winner’s stack.

When both players turn over cards of the same rank (you have an Ace, they have an Ace), “war” is declared. Smaller children really get into this and we started to shout, “War!” out together. Each player then places the top three cards from his stack face down on the original card. Then each places a fourth card face up on top of the three-facedown cards. The higher face-up card will win all of the ten cards. If these match you can declare a, “DOUBLE WAR!” (be sure to shout it for added enjoyment) and then the battle continues.

Whoever ends up with the entire deck of cards is the winner. A player can also win if their opponent runs out of cards in the middle of the war.

Rules for Old Maid

This game is great for kids between 5-10, because it is easy to learn and to play. This game is more fun if you have 3-6 players, but you can play with two players (which is easier for smaller children and putting together matches).

Before you can begin, remove all of the Queens in the deck except for one. Shuffle and distribute the cards, one at a time and face down.

Each player looks at their hands and pulls out any two cards that match in rank. Each player lays his match face down in a pile beside him. If a player has three cards of the same number, one stays in his hand.

After matches are all sorted, fan out your cards for the other player to grab from. Keep taking turns and making matches. Since there is only one Queen, the Old Maid, no match can be made for her. At the end of the hand, the player left holding the Old Maid loses the game.

Rules for Slap Jack.

The Deal. Any player may deal first. The dealer shuffles the cards and then deals them out, one at a time face down, to each player in rotation, until all the cards have been dealt. The hands do not have to come out even. Without looking at any of his cards, each player squares up his hand into a neat pile in front of him.

Object of the Game. The goal is to win all the cards, by being first to slap each jack as it is played to the center.

The Play. Beginning on the dealer’s left, each player lifts one card from his pile and places it face up in the center of the table. In doing this, the player must turn up the card away from himself so that he does not see it sooner than anyone else. However, the player should turn his card up quickly enough so that the other players do not see the face of the card before he does.

When the card played to the center is a jack, the fun begins! The first player to slap his hand down on the jack takes it, as well as all the cards beneath it. The player winning these cards turns them face down, places them under his pile of cards, and shuffles them to form a new, larger pile. He then places the pile in front of him as before.

When more than one player slaps at a jack, the one whose hand is lowest (directly on top of the jack) wins the pile. If a player slaps at any card in the center that is not a jack, he must give one card, face down, to the player of that card.

When a player has no more cards left, he remains in the game until the next jack is turned. He may slap at the jack in an effort to get a new pile. If he fails to win that next pile, he is out of the game.

Play continues until one player has won all the cards. That player is the winner.

If a card is exposed in dealing, the recipient’s cards must be shuffled before he places them face down in a pile and plays.

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So, stay cool – and have some fun this weekend!

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