Card games

Card games are loved by young and old, parents, children, grandparents and siblings quickly find each other here. In addition, they are practical to take along and can thus help to bridge long car or train journeys as well as waiting times. In Waldorfshop you will find classic playing cards as well as card games such as Quartett and Schwarzer Peter for children. You will also find classic card games such as Elfer raus and special games such as "Hold on a second" and the Kapla card game in the games category online in our shop.

  • Kapla Challenge
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    Kapla Challenge
    KAPLA | Kapla Challenge | Card Game | Balance Game | Contents: 12 building cards and 16 pine wood tiles | Ages 10 and up Card game
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    RRP EUR 17.20
    EUR 16.90 *
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  • ABC card game
    ABC card game
    Waldow Verlag | ABC card game | Learning game | ABC with Ä, Ö, Ü, Sch plus "Buchstaben-Peter" | Dimensions: 7.5 x 11 cm Educational game
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    EUR 14.00 *
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  • Nature memo meadow
    Quelle & Meyer Verlag | Nature Memo Meadow
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    EUR 13.00 *
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  • Star Quartet
    J. Ch. Mellinger Publishing House | Star Quartet For children and adults
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    EUR 13.00 *
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  • Rivers Quartet
    Wendelin's Card Games|Rivers Quartet|32 Great Rivers of the World 32 Great Rivers of the World
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    EUR 5.00 *
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  • Tree - Flower - Fruit - Seed
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    EUR 12.90 *
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  • Cities Quartet
    Wendelin's Card Games|Cities Quartet|32 top metropolises of the world 32 top metropolises in the world
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    EUR 5.00 *
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  • Mountains Quartet
    Wendelin's Card Games|Mountains Quartet|32 Mountain Giants of the World 32 Mountain Giants of the World
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    EUR 5.00 *
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  • Playing cards
    Ravensburger | Playing cards | From 7 years | Any number of players | Playing time: varies depending on the game
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    EUR 2.20 *
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The history of playing cards

When were playing cards invented?

The first playing cards were probably created in the 12th/13th century. They then came to Europe in the late 14th century and one or two centuries later the playing card sheets we know today were created.

Where were playing cards invented?

The oldest playing cards can be traced back to the 12th century in Korea and China. From there they spread to India, Persia and the Arabic countries. Subsequently, they came to Europe and first became known in Italy and France.

Card games for children

The card game, like many games, was originally a game for adults. Some of these games are also suitable for children. Of course, in the course of time, many games have been designed especially for children. The rules here are simpler, the motifs adapted to children.

What should you look for in a card game for children?

  1. The rules should be clear and easy to learn.

  2. The theme of the game should come from the children's field of interest.

  3. The illustrations should be appropriate for children.

  4. Card games with short game rounds are especially suitable for younger children.

  5. To ensure that children of different ages can play together and that the card game can be used for a long time, it makes sense to choose a game with many variations and levels of difficulty.

Card games as learning games

There are some card games that can also function as educational games.

In our online shop, you will find arithmetic card games such as Multiplex and Grimms number cards. For the quick learning of letters, we carry Grimms letter cards and the beautiful ABC card game. Our Nature Memories and Quartet games introduce children to this area in a playful way and our Star Quartet teaches a first knowledge about the signs of the zodiac.

Card game for children: "Black Peter

This game is one of the most widespread for children. The origin of the game is probably a game of chance, where the aim was to determine someone who would pay for the next round of drinks. It is played in a similar way to the quartet, except that one card, Black Peter, remains. Whoever has it at the end loses the game.

With the rise of colonialism, the term "Black Peter" became part of everyday racism. Originally, however, the name may have come from the robber Johann Peter Petri, who is said to have been a contemporary of Schinderhannes in the 18th century and was nicknamed "Black Peter".

In the meantime, there is even a saying that originated from the game.

"To pass the buck to someone."

This means transferring a problem, blame or responsibility for something to another person against their will.

In other countries, the game has the following names:

  • Old Maid - in England.

  • Jackass - Fool - in England

  • Vieux garçon - Old Boy - in France

  • Asinello - Little Donkey - in Italy

  • Svarte Petter - Black Peter - in Sweden

  • Zwarte Piet - Black Peter - in the Netherlands

Card game for children: Quartet

Quartet is one of the most popular children's card games. Four cards belong to a family and must be collected in the hand and then discarded. Whoever has the most quartets wins the game.

Quartet card games are available with a wide variety of motifs from nature, such as animals and plants, from fairy tales and from children's toys and everyday life. Children can recognise which cards belong together by the symbols and/or numbers. If this is also reflected in the motifs, children can learn connections and contents through play.

In other countries, the game has the following names:

  • Happy Families - in Great Britain.

  • Jeu de familles - Family Game - in France

  • Gioco delle famiglie - family game - in Italy

  • Authors - in Great Britain and the USA

The Quartett games in Waldorfshop are characterised by their particularly aesthetic and, in the sense of Waldorf education, child-friendly design.

In addition to card games and educational games, we also offer a wide variety of parlour games.