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I'm trying to show some card games to my kids (4 and 6), but they have difficulty holding the cards in their hands. Maybe it's because their hands are too small, or not strong enough...

Does anyone have a trick to help them?

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Have you considered smaller size playing cards? –  Aryabhata Jun 15 '11 at 19:03
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Patience is the only thing I can think of, with my kids (aged 6) I started by fanning them out and place them in their hands finished, lately they collect them and take a grip and I only fan them out for them.

As an alternative just buy a couple of Playing Card Holders and worry about it later on :) Card Holder

These should be available a little everywhere but the image is taken from: Peta (first image of them I found on google image search)

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I have the answer! You will need to purchase some Pringles, or something else that comes in plastic-lidded cylindrical cans like that.

  • Take two lids and punch a hole in the center of them
  • Put the lids top-to-top and use a brass brad through the hole to hold them together

Now you can put the kids' cards in them - face down and you're not even peeking!

Oh. I see that this answer has a picture of what I'm describing a DIY version of....

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As an alternative to Don's pretty comprehensive solution: Have you considered playing some games with the hands 'open' (the cards showing, usually inevitably spread on the table)?

Although this removes a large chunk of the strategy in most games (which may well be beyond them initially), it will give them a chance to look at their opponent's hands and anticipate their next move. Thus allowing them an easier introduction to closed-hand game strategies.

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When I was a kid, I would put my cards on a chair beside me. That way my parents couldn't see them, but I didn't have to hold them.

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