Depending on the level of the children, keep the 10 cards or remove, if necessary, the four 10s, the four 9s... Form a group of four children, have one of them shuffle the cards and then he/she deals them one by one, face down, clockwise. Children facing each other are on the same team.
Each child looks at his or her cards without showing them to the others, then arranges them family by family from the highest (the highest number) to the lowest (the 1). The child who dealt first puts a card on the table, then the child sitting to his left puts all his cards on the table, face up, family by family, from highest card to lowest. During the whole game, he will play the card that his partner will specify without being able to intervene: he becomes the "dummy".
The other kids play the card of their choice in each trick (set of four cards played), without showing the rest of their deck. There is only one rule during the game: if a player has cards from the requested family, he must play one of them. The highest card of the requested family wins the trick and then the winner plays the next trick.
At the end, the side that has made the most tricks has won the game (there can be a tie) ! The game is played by adding up the results of four or eight games.
These extremely simple rules are also exactly the same as the card play in Bridge. Apart from the number of cards which differs (13 instead of 10), this one differs on two points :
- the possibility of playing trump, which is quite possible in Petit Bridge
- the existence of a phase of play prior to the card play, which is called "the auction". These are simply used to determine the number of tricks and the trump that one side will agree to undertake.
The small number of rules to follow makes Le Petit Bridge, like Bridge, a game where the number of possible strategies is huge. Being a team collaborative game, it allows to learn both the respect of rules and the collaborative research of a solution. Through the many dedicated exercises that we will detail, it also allows to cover in a playful way a whole range of skills involved in the development of 6-8 years old.
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