In the game of cards, a trump card is the one that wins the hand.
In the game of cards, a trump card is the one that wins the hand. Teachers in the U.K. have been encouraging children to play Top Trumps, a series of themed card decks that have been scientifically proven to give kids a winning hand in school! They gain reading skills, learn new words, and retain new facts while boosting their number skills by comparing heights, weights, dates or rating scales. All that for about $10, plus, it’s fun and games.
American parents are just discovering the benefits of these card games with themes that range from Harry Potter to Harry Truman (Top Trumps: US Presidents). Each illustrated card in the deck boasts facts and figures that youngsters from 6 to 12 comprehend then negotiate in friendly competition as they shout out their newly learned stats and trivia.
Check it out! Here is a video on how to play Top Trumps HERE.
Brooke Picks! My oldest daughter loves the following educational Top Trumps games:
- Wonders of the World
- Countries of the World
Top Trump Cats Key Features
- Entertaining educational card game loved for bringing your favorite mischievous cats to life
- Play Top Trumps anytime, anywhere, with as many people as you like
- Find out the size of a Bengal cat, cuteness of a British Shorthair and the rarity of a Siberian cat in this edition of Top Trumps – Cats
- Easy-to-carry plastic case means there are no limits on gameplay
- Prepare to outsmart your opponents, discover new and exciting facts and duel your way to becoming the Top Trump
Just in time for holiday gift giving, these small but mighty card decks entertain, educate and occupy the kids at home, after school and on-the-go. Most Top Trumps are priced at about $9.99 making them the perfect present for everyone under the age of 13! Stocking stuffers, house gifts, Thanksgiving tokens and budget-friendly giving calls out for these inquisitive cards that pack lessons on just about everything! Parents who struggle to come up with 8 nights of Hanukah presents for every youngster in the house will delight in the wide choice of offerings. That trumps anything with a cord, battery or buzzer.
No matter which deck of Top Trumps cards the family selects, the playing of the game is much the same – shuffle and deal all cards face down. Each player holds their cards so that they can see the top card only. The player to the dealer’s left starts by reading out a category. The one with the best or highest value wins and that player collects all the top cards. After round and round of play, the person with all the cards is the winner. But honestly, everyone wins with newfound knowledge that makes great conversation at the dinner table or school lunch table! Top Trump games are often used by teachers as lesson plans, especially after the 2011 study by Britain’s The National Children’s Bureau. This video shows how to play in just 35 seconds!
Because of the global popularity, YouTube is full of instructional videos. And the very name, Top Trump, has become a common word among kids and teens as they try to “top trump” or choose between two similar objects. (For those who were wondering, the longtime and popular game has nothing whatsoever to do with the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.)
List Price: $9.99 (Each)