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What is the Spoons Game?

Spoons is a fun card game that is all about speed. Playing the Spoons game is easy and the main goal is simple: to grab a spoon every time a player gets four-of-a-kind with the cards that they have. The person who fails to grab a spoon is the loser. Throw in alcohol, and this fast-paced card game becomes the perfect way to get drunk quickly!

How to Play Spoons

When playing the Spoons game, you need at least 3 people, but you can play this with up to 12 players.

Set the game up by sitting all the players around a table or down in a circle on the floor.

Next, put all the spoons carefully in the middle of the table or circle (Note: the spoons should be 1 less than the number of players.)

Grab the deck of cards and leave one set of 4 of a kind per player in the deck.

For example:

If you have 4 players, you could use 2s, 3s, 4s, & 5s.

Shuffle the cards, then deal four cards to each player.

Rules for Spoons Game

Playing the Spoons game is pretty easy. It’s all about being paying close attention to the cards that are laid and being able to quickly react! You snooze, you lose!

Check out these rules for Spoons game:

  • One of the players will have to act as the caller or dealer each round. They will be responsible for saying “pass” out loud, marking when each player must pass a card off to the player next to them (left is default, unless “pass right” is called).

  • Each player passes a card on each round until he/she completes four cards of the same kind.

  • Remember to put the cards face-down when passing a card off to the next player.

  • Since the objective of the game is to grab a spoon from the middle of the circle, you can grab a spoon when you either have four cards of the same kind or when you see another player grab a spoon.

  • The player left without a spoon is the loser, and must drink!

Pro Tip: Make sure to call out “pass” quickly to make the game more interesting and harder to track!

Rule Ideas for Spoons

The basic mechanics of Spoons are quite simple. The great thing about Spoons is that you can easily add additional playing rules to make your game more exciting and chaotic! Just think of trying to react as quickly as possible while keeping track of other special rules!

Level up your game and consider these rule ideas for Spoons!

Eliminate a player after each round.

If you want a faster game, you can eliminate the last player to grab a spoon in each round. As the number of players get reduced after every round, the game becomes more intense and fun.

Make the losers drink based on their highest card.

For example, if the loser’s highest card is 7, that person must drink 7 shots.

If you will use any of the face cards, designate a number for each face card, example: 10 for Jack cards, 11 for Queen and 12 for King.

If you want the players to get drunker faster, the shots can be based on the added value of their remaining cards.

Make sure you have lots of alcohol for this!

Create a messy pile of spoons.

You don’t have to put all the spoons in a neat circle in the middle of the circle. You can pile them all messy, far apart from each other, under the coach, across the room, or anywhere else but the table.

This makes it harder to grab the spoon. Your spoon grabbing moments will become more rowdy, rough and fun. Expect some shouting and running around the room!

Ask the losers to perform fun dares.

Making the last player to grab a spoon take a drink is one penalty that they can do. If they are becoming too wasted and want another penalty, you can make them do a dare instead!

Check out some of the dares that you can use.

1. Dance to a song chosen by the group.

Hope you know how to twerk! Make it entertaining!

2. Spin an imaginary hula hoop around your waist for 1 minute.

Twist those hips!

3. Spell your name using your butt.

Hope you don’t have a long name!

4. Act like a chicken and move around the room for 30 seconds.

Make it hilarious!

5. Do a plank for a full minute (or as long as you can)

You can do it!

6. Drink a cup of pure lemon juice and try not to make a face.

It’s a healthy drink!

7. Lick the cheeks of the person sitting next to you.

Hope they’re not sweating!

8. Sing “Happy Birthday” in a sad tone.

Sing as if you didn’t get the birthday gift you were expecting!

9. Bark like a dog for 30 seconds.

Get ready for the other players to sing Who let the dogs out!

10. Allow the person to your right to tickle you.

Hope you’re not ticklish!

Hit the head of the loser with the spoons.

In each round, the players with spoons should take turns to hit the loser with it. This makes the game a whole lot funnier! Don’t hit the loser too hard though.

Another variation for this rule is for the players with the spoon to put the spoon on their mouth when they hit the loser so that the force won’t be too strong.

Alternatives to Spoons Game

The Spoons game is so popular that it has led to other game versions and variations. There’s a game for everyone out there, so you will never get bored!

Check out these other games that could be an alternative to the classic Spoons game.

Giant Spoons Game

If you don’t want your playing cards to be damaged or don’t want to use your spoons for a game, you can play Giant Spoons instead!

It’s a Spoons game kit that comes with 7 giant colorful spoons and a deck of playing cards.

Buy Giant Spoons online.

Spit

Spit is another card game similar to Spoons. Also known as Speed or Slam, this is another speedy card game. You can play Spit with two players. Its main objective is for players to get rid of their cards as quickly as possible.

How to Play Spit

Here are the rules to keep in mind when playing Spit.

  1. Shuffle the cards and deal them evenly between the two players. Each player now deals a layout consisting of five stockpiles in a row. (The first stock pile has 1 card, the second has 2 cards, etc.) These piles should be placed face down with only the top card of each stock pile facing up.

  2. After setting up the stockpile, each player is left with 11 cards. These are called the spit cards, and they are faced down so the players do not see their cards.

  3. After both players acknowledge readiness, both shout “spit” while turning over the top card in their hand (their first spit card).

  4. These two cards are placed side by side between the players’ stock piles. These cards will become spit piles.

  5. Both players now play simultaneously as fast as they want. The object is to get rid of all the cards in your stock piles onto the spit piles by adding a card that must either be 1 higher or 1 lower than the top visible card. Suite and color do not matter.

  6. Since both players play at the same time in this game, they do not need to wait for their turn. The first player to get rid of their cards wins the game.

Since Spit is a fast-paced game like Spoons, you may end up damaging your cards so don’t use your best deck.

Still looking for other card games to play? Check out our list of top 10 drinking games!

Spoons Game Prank

Did you know that you can also play Spoons as a prank? Although it’s not a card game, it’s still a fun game that you can play with friends while drinking and partying, of course!

  1. First, you need to have at least 4 people with a metal spoon each.

  2. Two people, with a spoon each, kneel down on the floor (or sit on a chair) facing each other. The other two people stand behind the two on the floor, and only one of them with the third spoon.

  3. The two on the floor take turns putting their head down and being hit on top of the head by the opponent with the spoon in their mouth. It’s very hard to do!

  4. This is where the prank comes in. Without the players on the floor knowing, one of them will actually be hit by the person standing behind them with the third spoon.

  5. Since the person with the third spoon can hit the person with his hands and more accurately, the person being tricked can be hit really hard and end up feeling helpless with only a spoon in his mouth.

This game is fun, but remember to be gentle with your hits!

Spoons Game Video

Excited to play Spoons with your friends already? Watch this online video tutorial that will help you learn how to play Spoons ASAP!

✍️  April 5, 2021

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