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Card games are more than just a deck of cards; these card games appeal to gifted children to play time and again!  Check out these great card games, and play them all!

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Little Hands Playing Card Holder helps younger kids hold their cards!
1-2-3 OY! and A-B-C OY! card games (numbers or letters) for the younger folks, multi-player or solitaire... lots of fun!
The 24 Game Recommended
Create the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers but use each number only once. Available from simple addition and subtraction, right up to fractions, decimals and algebra. Click for 24 Challenge tournament schedule.  Decks listed in order of difficulty...
bulletAdd / Subtract Primer bulletIntegers
bulletMultiply / Divide Primer bulletFractions / Decimals
bulletFactors / Multiples Primer bulletFactors / Multiples
bulletSingle Digits bulletAlgebra / Exponents
bulletDouble Digits bulletVariables
7 Ate 9 Recommended by Out of the Box
This short math game looks simple, and turns into a ton of fun for kids of all ages, and their parents!  Try it, you'll like it!
Fast-paced family fun game, where common knowledge becomes uncommonly fun!
Apples to Apples, Party Box Edition or Apple Crate Edition Recommended (ages 12+)
This game receives rave reviews from our gifted community, for family or group fun!
Also check out...  (And for a full list of the words in each set, visit Munching Apples fan site)
Apples to Apples 7+
Apples to Apples Junior (ages 9+)
Party Box Expansion #1 and Party Box Expansion #2 more apples, more fun!

Sharp eyes and fast hands, but with handicapping to even the game for the most diverse 2 or 3 players... no reading required
Card game all about planting, trading, and selling...
BrainBox by MindWare
Turn the timer over, study the card and try to memorize as many details as you can. Roll the die to determine which question will be asked and quiz each other on what you remember... BrainBoxes (ages 8+) U.S. Presidents, All Around The World, All Around the USA, Dinosaurs, plus for younger kids (ages 4-8) My First ABC BrainBox, My First Pictures, Nature
BrainQuest (or from MindWare)
K - 7, with extra decks on America, Black History and more.  Each deck is packed with hundreds of intriguing questions on one side and answers kids can’t wait to discover on the other...
My First, For Threes, Pre-School, Kindergarten, Bedtime (ages 3-5)
1st Grade, 1st Grade Math, 1st Grade Reading, 2nd Grade, 2nd Grade Math, 2nd Grade Reading
3rd Grade, 3rd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade. 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade
America, Hispanic America. For the Car, Black History, Presidents (all ages 8-12)
Canada (ages 8-12)
Can You See What I See? by Gamewright (ages 4+, 2-6 players)
Can you spot a seashell? A kangaroo? Find these and more in this visual game of hide and seek. Reveal a find Me tile and try to find the featured object among your set of Keep Me cards. Look carefully as objects may be hidden and you may have more than one match on your cards. Be the first player to collect all of your cards and you have one sharp eye...
Chomp 2-5 players, ages 6-8
It's a shrimp-eat-plankton world out there, and small fry will easily get hooked on Chomp!, the fast and finny food chain card game...
Chrononauts Recommended
The card game of history!  Also try Early American Chrononauts! From the folks who bring us Fluxx 4.0 Recommended
Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure (2-4 players, ages 12+) by Renegade Game Studios
Sneak into an angry dragon's mountain lair to steal precious artifacts. Delve deeper to find more valuable loot. Acquire cards for your deck and watch your thievish abilities grow. Be quick and be quiet. One false-step and -- Clank! Each careless sound draws the attention of the dragon, and each artifact stolen increases its rage. You can only enjoy your plunder if you make it out of the depths alive! Try additional adventures with Clank! Sunken Treasures, Clank! The Mummy's Curse, and Clank! In Space
Cranium Whoonu (8 to adult) 
Have unforgettable fun as you reveal your favorite things, share hilarious stories, and bond over surprising connections. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn about your friends and family -- especially those you think you know best!  Also...

Dominion Recommended by Rio Grande Games
Construct the most advantageous deck of cards, with lands, minions, riches and more... Don't miss the expansion packs: Dominion Intrigue, Dominion Alchemy, and Dominion Seaside
Dutch Blitz Recommended A vonderful goot game!
Fast-moving family-friendly run-building game for 2-4 players, quick to learn and hard to master, perfect fun for gifted kids and adults alike! Or buy a double Dutch Blitz set...
Exploding Kittens
A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. Highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead and out of the game--unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens... Or the (not family friendly) Exploding Kittens NSFW Edition
Family Business Mayfair Games
Fast paced card game of gangster warfare, intrigue and suspense puts the emphasis on fun. Each player is a mob boss competing to survive the murder and mayhem of the Prohibition era. The last player to have a mobster alive wins.  Family fun game!
Fandex Family Field Guides between a toy and a book, and lots of fun! 
With topics from history to nature and more, shaped cards include pictures and facts...  My kids love these!
bullet Mythology, Shakespeare, Explorers, American Indians,
bullet Presidents, Civil War, Composers, Painters: Masters of Western Art,
bullet Mummies, Gods and Pharaohs,
bullet Cats, Dogs, Birds, Butterflies,
bullet Trees, Wildflowers, The Body, 50 States
Flip Out by Gamewright (ages 8 and up)
FlipOut for this colorful card game of back-to-back excitement! Switch, swap, and flip cards in order to get at least four of a kind in a row. Sounds easy, but the cards in your hand are not necessarily your own! Every card is double sided, so anyone can take and use any card in sight. Collect the most cards and, no matter how you look at it, you win!
Fluxx 4.0 Recommended
The card game where the rules always are... in Fluxx!  Also available in EcoFluxx, Family Fluxx, Martian Fluxx and Zombie Fluxx versions.  Or get Fluxx Blanxx, and make up your own Keepers, Actions, Rules and Goals!  Other Fluxx Editions: German Fluxx and Japanese Fluxx, plus Monty Python Fluxx and Star Fluxx!  New for 2012, Pirate Fluxx, Oz Fluxx

Forbidden Island by Gamewright
Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss! The latest creation by cooperative game master, Matt Leacock...
Frog Juice by Gamewright (ages 8 and up)
How would you create a magic spell? You might need some unicorn horn or some eye of newt, or maybe some bats or toadstools or star and moon dust. But be forewarned as you're stirring up your potion--you'd better be wary of a black cat or the powerful All-Purpose Witch Wash! Strategy game for kids and adults...
Ghooost! (2-8 players, ages 8 and up) by IELLO (Richard Garfield)
Fast, easy-to-learn card game with a Halloween-based theme and lots of twists and turns. Play your cards wisely to get rid of all the ghosts, undead, vampires, zombies and other spooky creatures haunting your mansion. Block your opponents while they're trying to drive spirits out of their home and into your backyard – but beware as the scariest ghosts will not be driven away so easily...
GUBS by Gamewright (ages 10 and up)
Welcome, you who have chanced to look beneath the dewy clover to uncover the secret struggles of the Gubs. Behold this clever card game that casts you in an epic contest to build the mightiest Gub colony. Seek wisdom from The Esteemed Elder or protection from a Toad Rider as you fend off a myriad of traps, lures, and other surprising events. Victory lies down an ever-changing path and no one is safe until the final card falls!
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle (2-4 players, ages 12+) by USAopoly
Play as your favorite characters and defend the wizarding world from evil forces. Enhance your abilities as you build your deck with over 140 cards. Seven successive game adventures offer increasing difficulty as you battle Villains and unlock new abilities, secrets and challenges. Also includes four HOGWARTS house dice, game board, over 50 chip pieces, and sorting cards to keep everything organized...
iota by Gamewright 2-4 players, ages 8 and up (gifted ages 6+)
Pocket-sized card game, players compete to score points by adding cards whose 3 attributes individually are either all the same or all different... a little like SET, and lot of fun!
Jurassic Jumble Recommended by Set Enterprises
Fun family game of switching and swiping dinosaur cards and bones, for up to 9 friends or family members of all ages!
Killer Bunnies (ages 12 and up, 2-6 players) by Steve Jackson Games
The Quest for the Magic Carrot, a this hilarious and fun filled game. Can you escape the smothering impact of the deadly Fluorine Gas or the devastating damage caused by the Stray Asteroid? It’s off the wall strategic fun, where the goal is to survive and claim the Magic Carrot to win the game... Expansions Red Booster, Violet Booster, Green Booster, Orange Booster, Twilight White Booster, Pink Booster, Steel Booster, Chocolate Booster, Onyx Booster Pack, Khaki Booster
The Legend of Landlock 2 players, ages 8 and up (gifted ages 6+)
Employ a variety of complex-thinking skills like visual discrimination and spatial relations to achieve your goal. At the same time, learn the importance of thinking ahead before you play...
Math Twister
Deal the cards, create an accurate equation, score points for winning the round. Three challenging variations for play with the family or in the classroom!
Mille Bornes 
First published in 1962, Mille Bornes (pronounced "meel born," French for "milestones") is an auto racing card game whose object is to be the first to complete a series of 1,000-mile trips - another favorite from my childhood!
Mindtrap's more than 500 riddles, mysteries, and trick questions will have you scratching your head as you puzzle out the answers...
Monkeys on the Moon 2-4 players (3-4 are better), ages 10 and up (8 and up gifted)
Players attempt to curry favor from different tribes of monkeys who are technologically improving to the point where they will rocket off the moon. As humorous and silly as the game sounds, this auction game is actually clever and unique, as players first bid on monkeys of different factions then attempt to increase the rating of the different tribes. Different monkey factions are at odds with each other, and helping one tribe will incur the wrath of another; so a player must watch who they throw their lot in with...
Munchkin Recommended by Steve Jackson Games
Imagine a dungeon experience, but in an easy-to-play and tons-of-laughter card game. Slay monsters, gather treasure, and gain levels... first player to reach level 10 is the winner. Try all the expansion decks!  Get the Munchkin 1 thru 7 Bundle or purchase separately...
bullet Munchkin
bullet Munchkin 2 Unnatural Axe
bullet Munchkin 3 Clerical Errors
bullet Munchkin 4 The Need For Steed
bullet Munchkin 5 De-Ranged
bullet Munchkin 6 Demented Dungeons
bullet Munchkin 7 More Good Cards
Board games and Accessories
bulletBoard games Munchkin Quest and Munchkin Quest 2
bullet Munchkin Fairy Dust Expansion
bullet Bag O Munchkin Plus 6 Babes
Or pick from these stand-alone Munchkin titles, spoofs on a variety of different genres that can be played by themselves or mixed with the standard Munchkin decks...
bullet Munchkin Booty and Munchkin Booty 2 Jump the Shark the pirate games
bullet Munchkin Fu and Munchkin Fu 2. Kartenspiel the martial arts games
bullet Munchkin Bites and Munchkin Bites 2 Pants Macabre the vampire games
bullet Star Munchkin the starship game
bullet Munchkin Cthulhu, Munchkin Cthulhu 2 Call of Cowthulhu and Munchkin Cthulhu 3: The Unspeakable Vault the science fiction games (also available as Munchkin Cthulhu 3 Game Bundle Cthulhu, Call of Cowthulhu & Unspeakable Vault),
bullet Munchkin Impossible the spy game
bullet Super Munchkin 2: The Narrow S Cape the super heroes games, and
bullet The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin!
My Word and My Word Junior
Fast-paced word-building card game - Junior has more vowels and less difficult letters in the deck
Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game (all ages)
Players create a story together, using cards that show typical elements from fairy tales. One player is the Storyteller, and creates a story using the ingredients on her cards. She tries to guide the plot towards her own ending. The other players try to use cards to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to play out all her cards and end with her Happy Ever After card...
On the Dot the Super Spotted Brain Teaser (1-4 players)
Try to arrange four transparent squares so they perfectly match the pattern shown on the dots card. Flip, rotate, and overlap the squares to create a "spot on" copy...
PDQ - Pretty Darn Cute Game (ages 8 and up)
Quick! Try to make a word out of the letters SMP. Sound SiMPle? How about PTR. Get the PicTuRe? In this lightning fast party game, it's an all-out race to be the first player to shout out a word using all three letter cards in play. Each round starts with a different set of letters - it's up to you to fill in the blanks. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game is the WNR!
Phase 10 (1-6 players, ages 8 and up)
Like Rummy, with challenging twists.  Race through each of 10 phases along the way... if you fail to complete a phase, you must try again!  Also in a Masters Edition
The "Corner the Market" Card Game. Shout your deal and trade your cards to "corner" the market. Be the first to get all the cards of one commodity, slap the "Corner!" board and you'll win the hand. You'll feel like a trader in the pits of the exchange! Beware of the Bear and take your chances with the Bull...  Also Deluxe Pit Card Game
Pix Mix (ages 8 and up)
Find the "pix" in the mix. Six transparent cards with simple line art, like a butterfly or a football, are stacked and added into a window envelope to create a tangle of angles and a clutter of curves. You have 300 seconds to identify the 6 line art illustrations at the end of two rounds wins. Includes 80 acetate cards, 4 window envelopes, timer, score pad. Add Pix Mix Expansion kit with 60 additional cards, available from MindWare...
Playing Cards
As a kid, I loved to play cards with our unique playing cards.  We had a deck of historical airplanes, and another of military planes. We had decks with famous artwork.  We had more, but those were my favorites.  I would have loved these playing card decks!
bullet Human Skeleton Playing Cards - no bones about it.  Actually, lots of bones!
bulletNight Sky Playing Cards - study the constellations as you play!
bullet Optical Illusions Playing Cards - 54 different fun illusions
bulletPeriodic Table Playing Cards - learn the elements and lots of details as you play...
bulletRocks & Minerals Playing Cards - beautiful samples
bulletShakespeare "Insults" Playing Cards - Wordplay with card play
3 to 5 players race to play cards in sequence. But watch out! Letters and numbers can go up, down, or stay the same... and switch at any time
Rat-a-Tat Cat (2-6 players, ages 6 and up...gifted kids even younger!)
Can you keep a poker face? Can you remember the numbers on the other players cards? Sharpen your memory and your timing with this clever game of strategy, skill, and awareness.  Rules for younger and older kids...
Rock by Out of the Box
Race to capture the bugs by covering each Bug Card with a matching Leaf Card–It’s a wild scramble to find each bug!
Run Wild by Out of the Box
Race to get rid of your cards by creating sets and runs in the middle of the table. Don’t have the right cards? No problem— grab from a set or run already on the table, or play your cards on any existing set or run...
Saboteur (ages 8 to 12, 3-10 players)
You and your Dwarven brethren dig for gold in the depths of a mine. Suddenly, a pick-axe breaks and the light from the lantern goes out. The saboteur has struck again - but which of your fellow players is a saboteur? Discover the traitor in your midst while questing for gold in this path-laying card game for 3-10 suspicious dwarves...
SET Recommended The Family Game of Visual Perception
Purchase this great card game, or play the on-line version that changes daily, plus resources for teaching with SET. Also from SET Enterprises:
Quiddler Recommended word game
Triology gin rummy with SET cards! (this one's also a board game)
Xactika more figures, more challenge
Five Crowns now there's five crowns to contend with!
Jurassic Jumble Recommended family game of switching and swiping dinosaur cards and bones...
Sleeping Queens
Rise and Shine! The Pancake Queen, the Ladybug Queen and ten of their closest friends have fallen under a sleeping spell and it's your job to wake them up. Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out for wicked potions and dastardly dragons! The player who wakes the most queens wins...
Signals and Semaphores
History in a box, including the fascinating historical background of the signal flag, semaphore, phonetic alphabet, and Morse code systems, in training dial, postcards, playing cards, posters...
Snake Oil by Out of the Box
In the Old West, the sly snake oil salesman had a special talent, he could get the most skeptical customer to buy the most dubious product. Now it's your turn! Invent your own crazy two-word products and sell them to all types of customers. If the customer buys your product, you win! With over 280 wild words and 70 oddball customers, you will never run out of new combinations!
Spot It (ages 7+, or as soon as gifted kids read sight words well, 2-8 players) by Blue Orange Games
Simple to learn, but hard to master. Match two cards by picture, word, or one of each. There's only one match per pair of cards, Spot It develops visual perception and matching skills. Practice quick mental processing and sharpen cognitive skills in a fun game. Also available Spot It On the Road, Spot It MLB, Spot It NHL or Spot It Golf. Holiday fun, Spot It Halloween!  For the younger kids, play Spot It Jr. Animals, Spot It Alphabet, Spot It Numbers & Shapes, or Spot It Basic English.  And for foreign language fun, Spot It Basic Spanish or Spot It Basic French!
Summoner Wars Recommended (ages 9+, 2-4 players) by Plaid Hat Games
Summoner Wars is the exciting card game of fantastic battlefield combat that puts you in the grandiose role of a Summoner. Strategy shapes the composition of each deck of cards and how they are used. Tactics determine the effectiveness of those cards in battle. Call walls of stone to protect you in combat and serve as magic portals for you to summon your warriors. Call your forces forth and send them in a surging wave against your enemy. Cast spells that bolster your forces and cut down those who would oppose you...
Super Circles (ages 8+, much younger for gifted kids, 2-4 players) (or from Funagain Games)
Quick to learn for even the youngest players, all you have to do is match a ring of color on your card to the target card. Sounds simple, right? But beware, you can't match the same ring the last player matched, and you're racing all the other players to play the next card and change the rings to match. Fun with two players, it gets wilder with each player you add...
This Uno variant card game adds a fast-paced hand-swapping to create a great new strategy card game
Swish Recommended
Spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes”. Swishes are made by layering 2 to 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The cards can be rotated, and must be placed on top of each other in the same orientation, and no ball or hoop can be left unmatched. It's addictively fun!
Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder, to learn more, visit Ticket to Ride website
Cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America...  Also Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Märklin, Ticket To Ride USA 1910 Expansion, Ticket to Ride Switzerland, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries and Ticket to Ride Dice Expansion
Three of a Crime (2-6 players, ages 8 and up)
It's a shrimp-eat-plankton world out there, and small fry will easily get hooked on Chomp!, the fast and finny food chain card game...
Twisted Fish (or from McNeill Brighter Minds)
Takes "Go Fish" to a whole new level, and adds challenge that even the adults won't get tired of!
We Didn't Playtest This At All (expansion deck) (2-10 players; the more the merrier!) by Asmadi Games
Looking for a quick and wacky card game that keeps you on your toes?  Be careful reading the cards, or you'll cause yourself to lose.  And watch out for that Kitten Ambush!  Don't miss the expansions, We Didn't Playtest This Either!, We Didn't Playtest: Chaos Pack Expansion, We Didn't Playtest: Dice are Fun (With Dice!) and
Wig Out by Gamewright (2-6 players, ages 6+, gifted 4+)
Flip your wig for this fast and frenzied card game that will put your frizzy in a tizzy! Race against your opponents to get rid of cards by matching all kinds of colorful hairstyles. Put together a pair of Pigtails. Combine a couple of Cornrows. Match a Mullet or some Mohawks. The first player out of cards is a cut above the rest!...
You've Been Sentenced (3-10 players, ages 8+)
Using a unique word deck of pentagon shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names from throughout history, familiar places, and wild cards, players have to make grammatically correct and justifiable sentences. The real fun begins when players have to read their sentences out loud and explain what they mean to the rest of players. They form the jury and vote thumbs up or down on whether the sentence and justification stand and the points are scored...

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