Rules for the Sesame Street UNO Card Game

by Robert Godard
UNO is a card game that uses colors and numbers to move the game along.

UNO is a card game that uses colors and numbers to move the game along.

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UNO is a card game similar to Crazy Eights that can be played by two to four people. Different versions of UNO have been made, including My First UNO, which makes UNO more approachable for young kids at least 3 years of age. One version of My First UNO is the Sesame Street edition, which features Sesame Street--themed cards.


The goal of My First UNO is the same as a regular UNO game, to finish the game first and have the most points at the end of the game. The person to get rid of all his cards first will not necessarily be the winner, but he is awarded points based on cards in his opponents' hands; therefore, finishing first is advantageous. My First UNO does not contain special cards you would find in regular UNO such as "Reverse" and "Skip a Turn," so this goal is easier to accomplish.

Game Play

Each player is given seven cards. The My First UNO deck contains only 36 cards, which is fewer than the standard UNO's 108 cards. Once these cards are passed out, the rest of the cards are placed in the center of the table. The top card is removed and placed face up in the center of the table. This card will have a number and a color. The player to the left of the dealer begins and must place a card that either matches the number or color of the face-up card. If that player does not have a card that matches, she must take an extra card from the pile of cards in the middle.

The Grouch Card

Each My First UNO edition has its own special card. The Sesame Street edition contains the "Grouch" card, which features a picture of Oscar the Grouch. When a player plays a Grouch card, he can then dump three of his cards. He can give all three cards to the same player, or he can distribute them among several players. The Grouch card acts as a wild card and can be played at any time.

Tallying Points

When a player is down to just one card, she must yell "Uno" to warn the other players. If she does not and her turn passes, she must draw two additional cards. When a player gets rid of all his cards, points are tallied up. Cards with the numbers one through nine are given face value points. Special cards are given 20 points. The player who got rid of all his cards receives points from each opposing player. The game is played until one player reaches at least 500 points.

About the Author

Robert Godard began writing in 2007 for various creative blogs and academic publications. He has been featured on multiple film blogs and has worked in the film industry. He attended Baltimore College, earning his B.A. in history.

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