Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

How to Make: Kiddo Card Holder for Playing Cards with Kids

by Kristen Suzanne in family, kamea
Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.

Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.

My daughter is about 4.5 years old and she’s getting to the age where we play cards. Yay! I have so many memories of playing cards growing up with my mom and my nana. Imagine my excitement when Kamea asked me to play again and again after we played Crazy 8s… Frozen style of course.

My mom bought this box of Frozen games (I think at Target, but it’s on Amazon now too), and it’s soooooooooo good. It comes with a whole slew of Frozen games that are actually really good. I even like them.

Anyway… in the box of games is the game Crazy 8s and we love playing it. Trouble was that Kamea always played it open handed because she struggled holding all of the cards in her cute little hands.

We were at Nana’s one day and the two of them were playing the Frozen Crazy 8s and Nana had a solution! OMG it’s perfect! (My sister-in-law’s mom came up with the idea – brilliant. Thanks, Chris!)

Holds em perfectly so the opponent can't see what you have.

Holds em perfectly so the opponent can’t see what you have.

It’s a swimming pool noodle thing!

Nice and straight. Love it!

Nice and straight. Love it!

Here is how to make them! Step by step…

Get a swimming pool noodle.

Measure 12-inches (let your kiddo help)

Measure 12-inches (let your kiddo help)

Cutting time. Get a knife and cut 12-inch long tubes.

Let Nana help, too.

Let Nana help, too.

Slice in half length-wise …

This way.

This way.

… so they lay flat on the table.

Laying flat

Laying flat

Now, make two rows in each card holder using a pen (note: don’t use a marker like we did because it didn’t dry well – use a pen). Make the two lines about 1/2-inch apart.

Making two lines for where cards can be held.

Making two lines for where cards can be held.

Gently use a knife to cut into the lines, but be careful not to go all the way through or they will cease to exist as card holders (although those mistakes do make decent magic wands we found out).

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!


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