How to play Spoons | My Baba

Spoons may seem like an odd name for a card game, but it is one the greatest games out there. I used to play it when I worked for Disney Cruise Line. It was so popular that we even had it timetabled into the cruise navigator (which is basically what told you what was happening on the ship each day).

Let me apologise for the lack of pictures, we were so into the game that I totally forgot to take any!

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You will need:

  • A pack of cards (no jokers)
  • Spoons (you will need one less than the number of people playing).

How to play Spoons

Start by dealing 4 cards to each player. You need at least 3 people to play the game.

Place the rest of the cards in a pile; face down, in the middle of the table.

Put the spoons in a pile next to them.

The object of the game is to get 4 of a kind in your hand and then pick up a spoon without people noticing.

On your go pick up a card from the pile and then discard one into a trash pile facing up.

The next person then does the same (they can pick up from either pile).

When one person has 4 of a kind they can either try to pick up a spoon while everyone is paying attention to their cards. Or you can make an obvious grab for the spoon.

As soon as one player gets a spoon then all of the other players need to grab one. There will be one player who won’t get one.

I taught Leonora, YC, and some of their family members how to play the other day instead of having movie time. Lets just say it was a huge success. Nobody realised that Leonora’s niece had even taken a spoon until she made a comment on her next go.

If you liked this card game then check out how to play clock patience and beggar my neighbour.

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How to play spoons. A fast paced card game, perfect for family games night.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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