My husband introduced me to a card and dice game that is a favorite for our family for years now. He played it as a kid and remembered it as a game we could easily teach our girls. Family games help are great quality time and they help build life skills. We probably gather around the table for a board game at least once a week.
Normally we play this game with Skip-Bo Cards, but I thought I’d create a fun printable JUST for it. It really is that big of a deal around here.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Cards with Numbers up to 12. Use my FREE Download to create your own set! (1 set of cards per person – no limit to how many people can play.)
- Dice! We like each person to have their own set so that the game goes much faster (and people don’t get impatient waiting). Not necessary, though! If you have a set lying around, go ahead and start playing.
MAKE YOUR OWN CARDS (with my FREE Printable)
First, Download Free Game Printable. Download one copy per person playing.
Print the 2 pages of the download double-sided on a single page of card-stock. To make the game last even longer, laminate!
HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR (Game Rules)
- You will need numbered cards that go up to 12 and a pair of dice. (We’ve preferred SkipBo, but Phase 10, or Rook work well too.)
- Everyone starts the game with 10 cards in front of them, face up. Each person needs these specific card numbers: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Notice how there is not a number 1 or 7.
- The goal of the game is to turn all the cards face down. The first person to turn them all down is the winner.
- On your turn, you roll the dice. Whatever is the sum of the dice is the card that needs to get turned face down. If you roll a card number that is still turned up, you turn it face down. If you already have that card face down, you go clockwise around the table, the first person that still has that card turned face up gets to turn over the card and then it becomes their turn to continue rolling the dice. You just “helped your neighbor”. If everyone has that card turned over, as often is the case near the end of the game, the person rolling gets to continue rolling.
- You get to roll again every time you are able to turn a card face down.
- If you roll a 7, you have to turn a card of your choice back to face up and then pass the dice to the person next to you clockwise.
FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
I love this game because it is easy for even younger kids and fast-paced and everyone is constantly involved. Here’s a picture from a blog post from 3 years ago. My babies look so small!!!
Let’s not think about what this picture will look like in 10 years. Time, please slow down!!!
Have you ever played this before? What games do you play with your family?
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