7 Families

7 families game rules

The 7 families game is played from 4 years old between 2 to 6 players. Learn all the rules of this game and have a great time with friends or family.


Here is all you need to play the 7 families game:
-42 cards (7 families of 6 cards each).
-2 to 6 players
In general, the 6 cards of each family are: grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, son and daughter. Each family can be represented by a number, a color or a symbol (depending on the theme of the game).

Purpose of the game

The aim of the game is to create as many families as possible.


The dealer gives each player 7 cards and the rest are placed in the center of the table.

How the game is played

  • After the cards have been dealt, each player looks at his deck and groups the cards of the same family.
  • The player who starts the game chooses a player and asks him/her for a card that is missing from one of the families in his/her possession.
    Example: If you have two cards of the same family in your deck (father and mother of the fir family), you can ask a player for a card of your choice that is missing from this family. You can ask for the daughter, son, grandmother or grandfather card of the tree family.
    Be careful! You must ask for only one card when it is your turn and you must ask for a card from a family that you have in your deck.
  • If the player you have chosen has the card you asked for, he must give it to you and you will place it in your deck. At this point, you have the right to play again.
  • If your chosen player does not have the card you requested, then you must draw a card.
  • When you draw and you get the card you asked for, you still have the right to play again. However, when you draw and do not get the card you asked for, then it is the next player’s turn to play.
  • When you get the card you asked for (either from a player or from the deck) and it is still your turn to play, you can again ask for a card from the player of your choice from the family of your choice of which you have at least one card.
  • Play proceeds in a clockwise direction.
  • The game continues in this manner until the deck is exhausted.
  • As soon as a player has a family, he or she places it on the table, face up.

End of the game

When the deck runs out, the player with the most families wins.
If you are playing multiple rounds, you can count either the number of times a player has had the most cards or the number of families won in each round.