The best thing about performing magic tricks for kids? You don’t have to be a pro to effectively blow their little minds. We’ve rounded up three special (and especially simple) card tricks and fun games to get their wheels spinning. Scroll down for the how-tos.

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Starter Magic and Slight of Hand
This simple trick requires just a few minutes of practicing before you can unveil your act to the littles. The key here is to really play up the “nothing strange here” presentation.

Go Fish
This classic game is how all kiddie card sharks got their start. Easy rules makes this game perfect for kids four and up, and you can play with any number of people. Basically, everyone is aiming for four of a kind, and each player takes turns asking the others for the suite they are searching for. If they don’t have what you are looking for, you guessed it, you Go Fish! Find the full rules from the pros, as in the Bicycle Playing Card company, right here.

Kids playing cards

This is another classic card game perfect for family game night, and ideal for littles with lots of energy who may not be keen to sit on the sofa for too long—the race to slap the pile will definitely keep them engaged! Basically, everyone the cards are all dealt out, no one peeks at their own hand, and each player takes turns flipping a card over into one central pile. As soon as a jack it revealed—SLAP! The players all race to be the first to slap it and win the pile. See the full, official rules right here.

Do you have any favorite family card games or tricks? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Erin Feher