Crazy Eights is a fun and easy card game for kids to play with two or more people and is similar to Uno. There are several variations on this game due to actions of certain cards.
Cards: A standard deck of 52 playing cards
Initially, each player is dealt five cards face down. Once done, place the remaining cards in the center of the table and turn over the top card so it’s facing up.
The object of the game is to get rid of all of your cards first before your opponents.
The person to the left of the dealer (or the youngest) begins play and can discard any card in their hand, provided that the card matches the suit or the number of the card in the stockpile. For example: if there is a 3 of diamonds showing, the next player must have a 3 card or a diamond card. The only other card that can be played is an 8 as it is wild (or crazy as the name suggests).
If a player discards an eight, that player gets to pick the next suit, or keep it the same.
Each player will take their turn discarding cards.
If a player does not have a card that matches the suit or number of the card that is currently face up, that player has to pick up from the pile and misses a turn. Some variations have players continue picking cards from the discard pile until they can play.
Some people will play with cards having various actions.
If a 2 card is played, the player to their immediate left is required to pick up two cards from the stockpile.
If an Ace is played the direction reverses ex. from clockwise to counter clockwise.
If a Queen of spades is played, the player to their immediate left picks up five cards from the stockpile and misses a turn.