Product: Playing Cards
Company: Bicycle (or others)
Recommended Age Range: 1 to 100 years
Price Range: ~$2-$5
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Comments: I pretty much always have a deck of playing cards with me, even if it’s just me and my husband that need to wait somewhere (like an airport during our pre-kids life or at one of my prenatal appointments). If the wait is going to be long, I’m not one to waste time, and I love playing cards. The great thing about a deck of cards is that no matter how small a bag I bring, they always fit. It’s also important to me that my kids learn to love playing cards too. I’ve always been fairly good at math and I think the fact that I was playing gin rummy and cribbage with my grandparents from a young age didn’t hurt. At this point my toddler mainly likes to pass them out and make a big mess, but since my son turned 3, he has been fairly good at basic games like Slapjack and War. Even at 4, he still has trouble holding the cards, but he likes playing games like Go Fish and Old Maid. Cards are obviously not the best way to kill time when you’re in a moving vehicle, and they can be messy depending on the age of the child (which is why my toddler has her own deck), but if you’re going to be away from home for a while (in a hotel, waiting through a sibling’s class, visiting relatives, etc.) their fun to size ratio is hard to beat.
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