One of the essentials I have for camping with kids is a pack of playing cards. As many of the campsites we visit haven’t got electricity it’s a great activity to do solo or as a family. Because we all need a little space sometimes one of the first games I taught my kids to play was Elevens. This simple, fun, educational card game for kids is one that they are going to pick up quickly, helps with their maths and that they are going to succeed with more times than fail which is a good start for playing solitaire type games. So here we go How to Play Elevens with Playing Cards.
Elevens Solitaire Game for Kids
This game works on a 3 x 3 grid that you make with the cards and the purpose of the game is to use all of your cards by matching 2 or 3 of the playing cards together.
You don’t have to keep it just for camping it’s also a great rainy day game to teach the kids.
What you will need to play Elevens
A pack of playing cards minus the jokers
How to play Elevens
- Shuffle your pack so it’s mixed.
- Then deal out face up 9 cards in a 3 x 3 arrangement
- Match up pairs that make 11 (or the 3 royal cards) by placing cards from your pack on top of them
You win the game when you have no more cards left to use.
A quick check that no cheating happened when your kids play Elevens
Growing up my brother was a bit of a cheater and we quickly discovered he would cheat at Elevens so we discovered that when all of the cards had gone the remain cards in the 9 would form pairs, or triples to make 11.
So check your kids aren’t like my brother and pick up the pairs to make 11 if you have more than 1 card left over then someone has been cheating!
More Great Ways to Keep Kids Happy Whilst Camping
Card games maybe one of our favourite Rainy Day Activities for Camping with Kids but we have many more. Check out our Rainy Day Ideas for Camping with Kids here!
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.