• Angela Cumming

How to Play Spoons

Spoons is an ultra competitive game that pre-teen Angie loved. We would play this game during indoor recesses and cottage weekends with family friends. It's quick-paced, easy to play, and intense! Perfect for some healthy competition among friends and family. Check out the variations at the bottom of the page for ways to mix up the game.

Number of Players:

2 or more


-one deck of regular playing cards, Jokers removed

-spoons (enough for each player minus one)

Objective of the Game:

The first player to get four-of-a-kind and grab a spoon wins! You lose if you don't get a spoon at all!


Players sit in a circle around a table. Place spoons in the middle of the table. There should be enough spoons for each player minus one spoon. For example, if there are 4 players then there needs to be 3 spoons. The spoons should be evenly spaced out and in easy reach of each player.

Deal four cards, one at a time, to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down next to the dealer. This is the draw pile.


The dealer begins by drawing one card from the draw pile. They can replace a card in their hand with the draw card or pass on it, but they can only have 4 cards at a time. Whichever card they don't want is placed, face down on the table, to their left for the next player. That player picks up the card and decides if they want to keep it or not, and then places a card for the next player on their left. The last player creates a discard pile with their passed cards to their left, next to the dealer.

Players continue passing cards along, switching them up with cards in their hand if they want, until one player has 4-of-a-kind. Remember, you can only have 4 cards in your hand so you must pass a card before picking up a new one! The first player to get 4-of-a-kind grabs a spoon from the middle of the table. Now all players have a chance to grab a spoon (they don't need 4-of-a-kind). The last player without a spoon loses the hand!


You are the winner if end up with a spoon at the end of the hand! You can make the game last longer by giving the losing player a letter after each round. The first player to spell S-P-O-O-N is the ultimate loser.


-Elimination Style: The player without a spoon at the end of the round is out. Remove one spoon from the game and continue with the remaining players. The last player standing wins the game.

-Reverse Letters: Instead of awarding a letter to the losing player, each player that grabbed a spoon gets a letter. Whoever spells S-P-O-O-N first is the winner.

Do you have any variations of Spoons? Let me know in the comments!


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