My girls love playing Uno and they do very well with it as long as the little one has her playing card holder. It’s one of those classic games that I can play with enjoyment too. There aren’t a bunch of pieces and parts to keep up with. Just a pile of playing cards to be shuffled and dealt.
I think there’s something about having my cards in my hands too. When my game piece is sitting out on a game board I feel like I have to watch my kids to make sure the pieces don’t get bumped from where they are supposed to be. I know…silly right? It’s just a game. But having everyone keep up with their own cards gives me a sense of peace and I can enjoy the game too.
A DIY Playing Card Holder
The problem with playing cards with little ones is that their hands are so tiny and they are still a bit uncoordinated. So they end up flipping through every card on every turn, which seems cumbersome for them and requires and extra dose patience from parents.
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I remembered seeing a playing card holder for kids at a craft fair that was made of yarn and plastic. It was a great idea. How could I make something similar with materials that I have around the house?
Materials Needed for Playing Card Holder for Little Hands
Printed Playing Card Holder Template -it’s free. just click the link and print on card stock for durability.
Scrapbook paper – whatever coordinating designs you like. maybe super heroes or princesses would be good.
Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Step one: Make It Pretty
Cut out your circle shapes from the template and glue them to the scrapbook paper.
Remove some of the excess scrapbook paper.
Cut slits in the scrapbook paper that overhangs the circle.
Fold the slits over the circle, gluing them down as you go.
Step Two: Let it Dry
This is what your circles should look like when you are done. Make sure you let all the glue dry before moving on. We want our playing cards to slide freely between these circles. Patience is good. Go do a dance. Or do laundry. Unfortunately, I opted for laundry. I was seriously behind. Our dryer broke. It’s a long story.
Step Three: Put It Together
Break out the hot glue gun. The large circle will have the covered side facing other players while the other two circle will have the covered side facing the player holding it. Put a dab of glue in the center of the large circle.
Step Four: Admire Your Work
Doesn’t that look nice? You could opt to add stickers of things your children like or to put their name on it. I think it’ll make family game night more fun for everyone!
How This Post Addresses My Mission
My mission is to encourage connection in a busy world so we can all live a more meaningful life. This post encourages folks to play games together. Playing games are great way to socialize. Around gaming tables you can find good conversation and laughter. It’s a place where good memories are made as people come together.