Number of players: 3 to 4
How to play: Get your kid practicing for poker nights down the road with this fun game that's played for stakes (we're talking pennies here, not Benjamins). To get the game going, each player is dealt three cards and three tokens—just about anything will work but coins or sweets are a popular choice. Players then take turns putting one card down in the middle of the table. The cards in the center are counted as part of a pot that must not exceed 99 in point value. Every new card put down adds its face value to the pot (i.e., a 6 is worth six points and face cards are worth 10 points). There are a few exceptions, however: A 4 reverses the direction of play but doesn’t add points, a 9 is a pass, a King takes the total straight to 99, and anyone that plays an Ace gets to decide if it counts for one or 11 points. Whenever a card is played, the player must announce the new point value of the pot by adding the value of the card to the existing total. If unable to put down a card without bumping the pot above 99 points, that player loses a chip and a new round of play begins. Players are eliminated when they lose all three tokens, and the winner is the last one standing. Kids love this high-stakes game and parents call it a clever hack to get kids practicing their math skills.