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Play Spoons, a family friendly card game

Updated on November 6, 2014

Spoons is a fast paced game where you really need to pay attention

This is the only game where Grandma laughed so hard, she snorted her drink through her nose, sending the rest of the family into fall-on-the-floor laughter.

Spoons is an old game that requires very little equipment. A deck of cards and kitchen spoons are all you really need. OK, so you will also need a piece of paper and a pencil to keep track of who got the spoons. Three or more players are needed but the more players, the faster paced this games gets. This is a great game for family gatherings and great for any age.

How to play Spoons

Start with the appropriate number of spoons. Count the players and then subtract one. For three players, the number of spoons would be two.

Select a dealer. Break up the cards into sets of four of a kind. An example would be four jacks. Pull out a set of four for each player. There are other ways to setup the cards but this is the really simple version. Shuffle the cards and deal four to each player.

Begin the game. Have each player continually pass one card from their hand to the player on the left. As soon as a player gets four of a kind, they must try to get a spoon. Here is where the stealth comes in. Once someone has four of a kind, they reach for a spoon. They need to be quick. As soon as there is movement towards the spoons, the remaining players will start grabbing the remaining spoons. You have to be fast because someone will not get a spoon. That player is considered out of play.

Remove one set of card and one spoon and start a new round with the remaining players. When you get down to two players, they are considered co-winners.

Another way to score the game, especially when the amount of players is small, is to award the person who didn't get the spoon a letter. This is where you need paper and pencil. The first person to spell S-P-O-O-N-S is eliminated. Eliminate each player who spells "spoons". Continue playing until there is one player left. The last person standing wins the game.

Going over the river and through the woods to Grandma's? - Take a hostess gift that eveyone will appreciate

It is customary to take a hostess gift when attending functions. Wine is nice but why not take a gift basket with all the items needed to play spoons. It's inexpensive and will provides entertainment for young and old. Find a simple basket, get a notepad, pencils, spoons and cards. Type out the rules and print them on fancy paper. Wrap it up in cellophane and present it to the host. It may be the best gift they ever received and will provide hours of fun for all.

Bicycle Poker Size Standard Index Playing Cards (2-Pack) [Colors May Vary: Red, Blue or Black]
Bicycle Poker Size Standard Index Playing Cards (2-Pack) [Colors May Vary: Red, Blue or Black]

While there are other playing cards on the market, Bicycle has always been the kind I buy. They are stronger and do not fray at the corners.

 
Winco 0005-01 Dots Mirror Finish S/S Teaspoon - Dozen
Winco 0005-01 Dots Mirror Finish S/S Teaspoon - Dozen

I had to buy spoons to play the game. It seems the boy has a stash in his room because he takes food in but the spoons never come out. Now I have a set dedicated for the game only.

 

There are more ways to play

I've never heard of "Pig" or "Tongue" but you can play the same games without spoons. While they both sound fun, I like the spoon addition.

Watch a family playing Spoons. Stealth and speed are important!

Other fun things to do with spoons

So you bought spoons. What else can you do with them? Learn to play them of course. This is an old art that children love to learn. Even older children (those older than 50) enjoy this as well.

DVD-Folk Rhythms-Learn To Play Spoons,Bones,Washboard,Hambone and the Paper Bag
DVD-Folk Rhythms-Learn To Play Spoons,Bones,Washboard,Hambone and the Paper Bag

This is a fun DVD that not only shows you how to play spoons but Bones, Washboard, Hambone and the Paper Bag. These homemade instruments are part of the rich history of music. Besides, it just plain fun.

 

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    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I had nearly forgotten about playing Spoons. Talk about fast paced and fun....the only drawback was occasionally someone would get their fingers caught between two spoons being fought over. Fun stuff!

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      TheresaMarkham 7 years ago

      Yahoo! A new game for a Game Night Party!

    • tiff0315 profile image

      tiff0315 7 years ago

      Spoons is a family favorite! It makes for lots of fun and competition. This is a great game for families!

    • chrissuard lm profile image

      chrissuard lm 7 years ago

      Never played it before, looks like a great game though.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This does sound like fun! I thought you were maybe going to show how to play spoons as a percussion instrument, so you took me by surprise,lol!

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      No, I have not played spoons, but it does look like a lot of fun.

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      Sheilamarie 7 years ago from British Columbia

      This sounds like a blast! I think I played this game a few times as a kid. There are other versions, too -- "pig," where you put your finger on your nose to make yourself look like you have a snout; "Old Maid" is similar, too. I can't remember the others, but I think there may be some other similar games.

      Thanks for the memories!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love your intro about Grandma. We haven't played spoons before, but will be adding to our next game night. I can't wait!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Spoons was always a popular game at our family holiday gatherings. I found out some of my siblings were pretty sneaky slipping a spoon from the middle of the table.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful article, reminiscent of simpler times! And the idea for a Spoons gift basket is fantastic!

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