Knaves is one of the cool card games for kids.
Stay away from the jacks!
To begin, each player draws a card. The highest card holder shuffles and deals 17 cards to each player, face down, one at a time.
Arrange your cards in suit and value order. The last card is turned over - this is the trump suit for that hand.
But, if the turned over card is a jack, there is no trump suit for that hand, and the jack is put to the side.
The player to the dealer's left starts and throws any card out. The next player to the left adds a card of the same suit if he has one.
If he doesn't, he can throw a trump card or card from another suit. Player # 3 does the same.
If trump cards aren't played, the highest card in the suit that led wins that trick. If trump cards are played, the highest trump card wins.
The winner piles his cards beside him and throws a card out to start the next round. When all cards are played, the hand is over.
Points are awarded for each trick won. If you have jacks, subtract as follows:
Once the totals for that hand are added up, the player to the first dealer's left shuffles and deals another hand.
Play continues until a player reaches 20 or more points and is the winner. If two players go over 20 points, the highest score wins Knaves.
If you have a suit with lots of cards, you can play those cards first.
And, don't play a queen, king or ace unless you're sure the jack has been played.