Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
Cards and card decks have been enjoyed by people for many years. With variations on the face of the cards as well as the back of the deck, there is something for everyone. Games of solitaire for one or games that take multiple players ensure as many people as possible can be accommodated.
Cards can also be a fun way to teach young people about arithmetic. You have the lessons in addition and subtraction as well as probabilities with a deck of cards. Young people may not want to sit still for flash cards and lectures, but if you incorporate a game of cards into an arithmetic lesson, chances are you will have their attention.
There are also many educational card decks on line as well as playing card decks for many grade levels and different educational learning. Cards that are put out for education do not just have numbers on them. There are decks for phonics, animals, sports, and all around fun items like trivia.
Many other types of games incorporate cards into their game. Trivia games are usually the first type of board and card game combination that everyone thinks of. Other games have activities written on cards. At a party, when you group into teams, whatever is written on the cards is something you have to do; hilarity usually is the honored guest that night.
If you are on a trip, cards that have the city or place that you are visiting on the back make great souvenirs that you can pick up if you cannot think of anything else to purchase. They also make great stocking stuffers and gifts for people that are sick or in the hospital. If you have an office or other functional group that does Secret Pals; a deck of cards, a coffee mug with coffee, and a puzzle book makes a great gift basket for a man or woman.
Playing cards have also been used in place of the tarot for giving people a possibility of what may lie ahead. There are books and online programs that tell the meanings of the cards.
Tarot cards are also fascinating for the art they feature as well as the meanings of the cards themselves. While no one can really predict the future, it is fun to see the possibilities that could happen in certain situations.
With the addition of computers, card playing got a little easier. There was no more shuffling and dealing to mess with. Even if you were by yourself, an animated group of friends could be summoned with a few keystrokes to play any number of group games. Remember, you could always still play solitaire on the computer if you so desired.
Remember, when the lights go out, there’s always a card game that can be played even if you cannot turn on your computer. Whether you are stranded somewhere by yourself or with other people, cards can help pass the time.