Based on the card game "Old Maid."
How it's played:
- One person shuffles and deals all of the cards equally between the players. Players look at their cards - if they have two matching cards, they place them face up on the table. The dealer then holds out his cards (face down) to the player on his left, who takes one. If that player can make a pair, they place them on the table; otherwise, play passes to the left.
- Once all the pairs have been found, the player with the 'old maid' card (in this case, the "fiddlestick") loses.
What's on the cards:
Four pairs of instruments from each of the brass, string, woodwind and percussi on families. Plus the losing 'fiddlestick' card (three violin bows crossed like sabers!)
Who can play:
3 - 6 players, ages 4 and up.