Sent in by Debbie Reed, Elkhorn Valley Adventures, Bergholz, OH, U.S.A
You will need: enough spoons for every person in your group but one, and 1 deck of cards (or 2, depending on the size of your group)
Set up: Sit the group at some kind of table or open area with the spoons in the center of the group just within reach of each player. Like “Stick”, the deck is shuffled and each player is given at least 4 cards (you may give more, as long as each player has the same amount). The remainder of the deck sits face down in front of the dealer.
Goal: Each player’s goal is to get 4 of the same cards (ex. 4-aces, 4-eights, etc…) or a 4-number run (ex. 2-3-4-5).
Play: The dealer takes the top card from the deck and decides if he wants to keep it. If kept, the dealer must then discard a card from his hand, so there are only 4 (or whatever predetermined number) cards in his hand at any time. If he does not want it, he passes it, face down, to the person to his right. While the person to the dealer’s right is looking at the card that has just been passed to them and makes a decision whether to keep or pass it on, the dealer takes another card from the pile and decides on that.
As the dealer continues passing cards one-by-one. Eventually, the entire table is looking through cards. If someone is not quick, they will have a pile of cards beside them.
Once someone gets a set of 4 (of a kind or a run), they grab a spoon. Seeing this, everyone else tries to grab a spoon in time. Since there are not enough spoons for everyone, the person who does not get the spoon in time is out. The game begins again, minus that person. This continues until there are 2 people fighting for one spoon. After that, the winner is declared and everyone is back in the game, with dreams of being the spoon champion!