Snap! A Card Game for Families

Snap is a fun family card game for all ages. Click to learn how to play.I’ve always enjoyed card games. When I was in grade school and couldn’t get a sibling to play a game with me, I would play Solitaire all by my lonesome. (I guess that’s what Solitaire is all about, isn’t it??)

I still love games.

I was delighted to learn how to play Snap. This is a great card game that the whole family can play.

Once your grandchildren can recognize numbers, they are good to go!

How to Play

  • For 2-6 players.
  • One deck of cards. (For more than three players, use two decks of cards.)
  • Object: be the person with all of the cards.

Choose a dealer. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals out all of the cards face down until all of the cards are passed out. (Some players might have more cards than other players but that is okay.)

Players do not look at their cards.

The player to the dealer’s left turns over his top card and places it face up next to his stack of cards. The next player turns over his top card. Play continues in like manner around the circle of players.

When one player notices that two face up cards are the same, he calls out, “Snap!”

That player takes all of the face-up cards in her stack and the other person’s face-up stack that have matching face up cards. She puts those cards on the bottom of her face down pile of cards.

The game continues with the next player being the person to the left of the last person who turned a card face up.

If a player runs out of face down cards, she can shuffle her face up pile and turn them over to use on her next turn.

If two players say ‘snap’ at the same time, each player puts her pile of face up cards in the center of the table. This creates a snap pool. There can be several piles of cards in the snap pool at one time.

Snap is a fun card game for families! Click to learn how to play.

When someone turns over a card that matches the top card of a stack in the snap pool, she says ‘snap’ and takes the whole snap pool and adds the cards to the bottom of her face down pile.

For example, in the picture above, you’ll notice that there is a 9 on a stack of cards in the snap pool and a 9 in the face up pile on the right side of the picture. If the person whose pile is on the right side of the picture said ‘snap,’ she would take her face up pile and the two piles in the snap pool and put all of those cards on the bottom of her face down pile.

If a player says ‘snap’ when there isn’t a match, her face-up pile is put in the middle of the table and becomes part of the snap pool.

When a player has no more face up or face down cards, she is out of the game.

The winner is the player with all of the cards.

If you’re playing with older grandchildren, you can make it a wee bit more challenging by speeding up the game. Have them turn their cards face up in a zippy speed. Tweens and teens love this extra bit of challenge.

This post was shared on Grandma’s Briefs, A Mama’s Story, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson, A Little Bird Told Me, Grammie Time, and A Table Party of Two.

8 thoughts on “Snap! A Card Game for Families

  • BJ

    Hey, First off I just want to say that Grandma Ideas is an awesome concept, and your blog is both family friendly/informative and very cool 🙂

    I’m BJ by the way, and my father AJ and I developed out a card game called Splink that we are launching in kickstarter that is bringing back the family game nights, that I grew up knowing and loving.

    I would LOVE to have your help and support, and hopefully get a review from you to go on grandmaideas about Splink! Your writing style is great, and the demographic you serve so effectively, is a perfect match for the people who will fall in love with playing Splink 🙂

    Looking Forward to connecting and chatting with you! Please shoot me an email at

    Thanks, BJ

  • Jann Olson

    I grew up in a family that loved to play games and have carried on that tradition. I’ve played snap, but it’s been a while. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • April J Harris

    I used to love playing cards when I was a family – in fact card games played a big role in all our family gatherings. Snap sounds like a fantastic game that everyone can play no matter how young or old they are. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    Your words about me being a fun grandma are so sweet!! I’m definitely a game-playing grandma!

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


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