OBJECT OF PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY: The object of Peanut Butter and Jelly is to collect four of a kind and sign to your partner without getting caught.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4, 6, or 8 players

MATERIALS: A standard 52-card deck, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Children’s Accumulating and Shedding Card Game

AUDIENCE: Children


Peanut Butter and Jelly is a children’s accumulating and shedding card game. it can be played with 4, 6, or 8 players in teams of 2. The goal of the game is to acquire a full set of 4 cards of the same rank. Then you must signal to your partner without another team noticing and calling you out.


Before the game begins all the teams should split off separately to determine together what their signal will be for the game. they want to make it something that both would notice, but not so noticeable that another team might suspect it. It would also be a good idea to come up with additional signals to throw the other teams off your track.

Once all teams are back together the game can start. A dealer will be chosen randomly. They will shuffle the deck and deal each player 4 cards.

Card Ranking

There is no ranking of cards. The only thing viewed is if a card is equal in rank, regardless of suit.


Once all players have received their cards the game begins with the dealer. They will draw the top card of the deck and decide if they wish to keep it or pass it.

If they decide to keep it, they will place it in their hand and choose a different card from their hand to pass on to the next person. If they decide to pass, they just pass it to the next person to their left.

Just as the dealer did other players will take the card passed to them and decide to either keep it and pass another card from their hand on or pass the card they were passed to the next player. The only difference is the last player does not pass their card but discards it to the side.

If the draw deck ever runs out before the game ends the dealer shuffles the discard pile and makes it the new draw pile, and the game continues.

Whenever a player has four of a kind in their hand they may signal to their partner. If their partner is the first to see it, they will shout Peanut butter. This wins their team the game. if an opponent sees what they believe is a team signaling they may call Jelly. If they are correct and they were signaling a four of a kind their team wins the game.


The game ends either when a team successfully calls peanut butter and has four of a kind, or a team successfully calls Jelly and the team they called out had a four of a kind. The team to make the correct call are the winners.

Amber Crook
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