Kids Review New Cards Against Humanity Family Edition Card Game
CAH just released a whole new game – a Family Edition of Cards Against Humanity designed for kids and adults to play together. The game was written by child development experts and tested it with thousands of families.
We bought the game from Amazon on the day it was released to the public. We love play testing card games with our daughters Hanalei (12 years old) and Archer (10 years old). Both daughters and CAH were the inspiration for KinderPerfect, the parents party card game.
Our girls play similar kid-friendly CAH-style games like Kids Against Maturity, Not Parent Approved, and Kids Create Absurdity at every playdate and love the question and answer style game mechanics for the variety and creatively when any new player joins the fun.
Game Review: Cards Against Humanity Family Edition
Our game review is pretty simple: we loved the new Family Edition card game! We played the game as a family – parents and children together – and every question card was followed by laughter and excitement as players searched for just the right answer card.
As we read the card combinations, we all laughed again at the different ways we could interpret the cards.
Most of the cards are written to appeal to younger minds, and children will find the cards more funny than adults. Here are a few example card combinations that our tweens loved:
- Never fear, Captain ___ is here! Going to the emergency room.
- My dad and I enjoy ___. together. Locking Mother in the pantry.
- Class, pay close attention. I will now demonstrate the physics of ___. Sitting atop a pile of tuna, like some kind of tuna queen.
- Me and my friends don’t play with dolls anymore. We’re into ___ now. Shaving dad’s back.
- Time to put on my favorite t-shirt. The one that says, “I heart ___.” Freeing a fart from its butt prison.
Some of the questions and answers stumped us parents, much to the joy of our children. What adult has time to keep up with the meanings of phrases like, “MY NAME CHUNGO. CHUNGO LOVE ___ .” or know who Zendaya is?
At the same time, there were more adult-themed cards that spurred good conversations with our children, like “Climate change” and calling 911. Of course, our kids loved a few card combinations that we just didn’t understand.
Overall, the game is very fun to play as a family. It also could be fun to play with other parents when the kids are away, to answer the timeless question: why does mommy drink?
Mix CAH Family Edition with KinderPerfect
This Cards Against Humanity expansion game is fun to play with kids, however, we thing its even more fun to play with certain cards from this game in our game, KinderPerfect.
KinderPerfect is like a clean Cards Against Humanity for parents to play at adult game nights, baby showers, family reunions, and even church game night.
For example, here are a few card combinations we played after the kids went to bed:
- Girls just want to have ___. Coffee, gin, and Xanax.
- What’s keeping dad so busy in the garage? A toddler drinking from a plunger.
- Isn’t this great, honey? Just you, me, the kids, and ___. Having the courage to give up.
- Where do babies come from? Buying milk, eggs, and vodka at the grocery store.
- My dad and I enjoy ___ together. Buying pregnancy tests from the dollar store.
- What’s about to take this school dance to the next level? Pretending your screaming kid does not belong to you.
Be sure to mix CAH Family Edition with KinderPerfect for even more fun with moms, dads, and even grandma!
Are CAH Family Edition Cards Safe for Children?
The CAH Family Edition comes with a 600 card deck that they claim are PG-rated expansion cards with words like “crap” and “boobies” as the worst cards in the deck. Yet, like all Cards Against Humanity-type games, its not the individual cards that can be offensive, but the combinations that happen and innuendos that form in players minds. Innuendos that often are not age-appropriate for kids or adults!
Like in KinderPerfect, some of the card combinations were seen in a whole different way by the adults. Especially the cards focused on political trends or outright dark or weird. Here are seven examples that gave us pause, and sparked a lively discussion with our kids:
- Moms love ____. Kissing Mom on the lips.
- It’s BIG. It’s SCARY. It’s ____. A Republican.
- Dad and I enjoy ___ together. Locking Mother in the pantry.
- Police! Arrest this man! He’s ____. Overthrowing the government.
- CNN breaking news! Over half of Americans are now ___. Smashing the patriarchy.
- Madam President, we’ve run out of time. The only option is ____. Racism, sexism, and homophobia.
- Oh Dark Lord, we show our devotion with a humble offering of ___. Putting an apple in a little boy’s mouth and roasting him for dinner.
We suggest that before you hand the cards to your children, you look through the deck and remove any cards that you don’t think are appropriate for your children. It’s not a completely family-friendly card game.
Also, when you play the game with your children, be sure to ask the kids if they are confused by any cards. Young ones are usually pretty good about self-censoring cards they feel are inappropriate.
What Topics Are in CAH Family Edition?
Like with KinderPerfect, the Cards Against Humanity writers developed the Family Edition game to cover a variety of different topics that children and their parents can find funny together. Here are the six topics and a few sample cards from each group:
- Pop culture: Beyoncé, Baby Yoda, Billie Eilish, JoJo Siwa.
- Historical/Political: A Democrat, The oppressive system of capitalism, Fake News
- Weird/silly: The beautiful potato, Many wolves, Stuffing my underwear with pancakes
- Gross-out: Barfing into a popcorn bucket, Licking a used bandaid, Big, juicy pimples
- Dark: Literally ruining my life, Murdering, Eating people,A dead body.
- Toilet humor: Pee-pee, Big butt cheeks filled with poop, Fire farts
The toilet humor category seems to be the most popular. We found at least 14 cards that refer to pee in some way, and 10 cards that talk about pooping or poop itself. Obviously, urination and deification are hot topics for kids and categories that adults can also relate to with humor. Our favorite: Dad’s famous poops.
How to Play CAH Family Edition with Kids?
Cards Against Humanity designed the Family Edition game for people ages 8 and up – mature kids and immature adults – and that all the content is PG-rated. Hmmm…
We strongly suggest that you review the cards before sharing them with your children. This game is not Apples to Apples – there are cards that some families may find too off-color for family fun night.
Just like the adults-only CAH games, each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.
To start the game, everyone should wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds and then take ten white cards. The player who most recently pooped begins as the Card Czar and draws a black card. The Card Czar reads the black card out loud. Everyone else then answers the question (or fills in the blank) by passing one white card, face down, to the Card Czar.
The Card Czar then shuffles all the white cards and re-reads the black card out loud with each one. Finally, the Card Czar picks the funniest combination, and whoever played it gets one point. After the round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and everyone draws a new white card to replace the one they just played.
We played CAH Family Edition until the children’s bedtime, and then mom and dad added in KinderPerfect and kept playing till it was very late for a school night. The game was so fun, we only stopped when one parent was too drunk to continue.