How to Play Solitaire Card Game Accordion

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Looking for more screen-free family games? Solitaire is a classic card game and a cottage staple. Whether you’re sitting on the back deck enjoying the afternoon sun or looking to occupy your time on a rainy afternoon, solitaire can make any day more fun. The great thing about solitaire games is that they’re easy for kids to play on their own. One of our favorites is the Solitaire card game Accordion.

What Is the Solitaire Card Game Accordion?

The solitaire card game called Accordion is a single-player game where players use one deck of cards. The goal is to move all the cards in the deck into a single pile, resembling an accordion.

How To Play Solitaire Card Game Accordion

Follow the directions below to learn how to play this easy and fun game!


All you need to play Accordion is one person and one full deck of cards.


With this version of solitaire, all you’re doing is matching either the same suit (hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades) or numbers and face cards (ace, king, queen, jack). This makes it an ideal game for even younger kids.


  1. Start the game with a full deck of cards face down and the top card turned over face-up on the table in front of you.
  2. Then turn over the next top card in your deck and place it face-up beside the card already on the table.
  3. If that card matches the card directly to the left, either the same suit or number) move the card and place it on top of the matching card.
  4. Then turn over the next card in the deck.
  5. If the card doesn’t match just turn over the next card within the deck.
  6. Keep repeating this process, turning the next card over from your pile and placing it beside your previously played cards.
  7. As your played row of cards grows you can also look to find a match the third card from the left as well as the one directly to the left.

Family Game Time How to Play Solitaire Accordion 1
In this hand the two Ace’s match, therefore, you would move the one on the right on top of the one just to its left.
Family Game Time How to Play Solitaire Accordion 2
In this turn, the four of hearts can move left on top of the two of hearts and then to the left again on top of the five of hearts. The turn ends.
Family Game Time How to Play Solitaire Accordion 3
In this hand, the King of hearts moves to the left on top of the King of spades. Then the King of Hearts can move left on top of the eight of hearts. Finally, the King of hearts can move left on top of the King of clubs. The turn ends.


Ultimately, you’re trying to have as few piles of playing cards on the table, getting down to just one pile if you can. This is a great single-player game, but we like to add in a little family-friendly competition by taking turns and seeing who can end up with the least amount of piles. As the game relies more on the luck of the cards versus skill, it’s also a great sibling game.

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Are you a fan of solitaire? Do you know other versions that families may enjoy? Be sure to share them in the comments below.

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