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#1 Jean in CA

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

We are starting school again but still want to stay relaxed... my ds asked me to please play more games with him. I realized I have "grown up" with my older 2 children who are entering middle school and don't "play" with the youngers as much.

So, I would love to hear your favorite family board games for this age. Something that can be played within 1/2 hour would be great!

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#2 NanceXToo

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:21 AM

My four year old likes:

Connect Four

The Grinch Sing Your Heart Out game (I want to get him a few Dr. Seuss games actually)

Uno Moo

Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, Hi-Ho Cherry-O

and will also enjoy playing things like Monopoly, Jr. even though we have to help him significantly as he can't read or add money or anything like that yet.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

My 4 yr olds and 6 yr old LOVE the Kids of Carcassonne. It really keeps my interest too, fortunately. And it doesn't last forever. I highly recommend this game!

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

Orchard by Haba is a really great game for that age range (and beyond too). It was more fun for me than the other games as well.
Zingo
Cariboo
One of mine really loved Hiss and Sequence. His twin didn't have the attention span for those at five but I think he's unusual in that respect. All are quick.

#5 Karen in CO

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:34 AM

In additon to Chutes & Ladders, my 5yo loves Guess WHo, Connect 4, Uno, BLockus and Stratego. Her brother taught her to play Stratego and she is terrific at it.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:38 AM

Hi-Ho Cheerio
Candyland
young kids' versions of Monopoly

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:39 AM

Uno
No Stress Chess
Jamaica
Connect Four
Aggravation
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#8 Jean in CA

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:52 AM

Thanks for your suggestions, everyone! It's been a while since I looked at board games for this age. It looks like there are quite a few good newer ones as well as old favorites.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:52 AM

My 5 year old is a beginning reader so that has opened up a few new games to us

His favorites

- Connect 4
- Monopoly Jr
- Scrabble Jr
- Boggle Jr
- Scrabble Slam
- Guess who
- Occasionally candy land or chutes and ladders
- Crazy 8's and Go fish
- Trouble
- Perfection
- Memory
- Uno

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:05 PM

Ds4 likes Candyland, chutes and ladders, Hiss, Leap Frog Bingo, and Boggle Jr.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:08 PM

don't wake daddy, clue jr.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:10 PM

The Ladybug Game
Quirkle (we play without keeping score...)
Blokus (started out playing this like a puzzle, taking turns...)

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:15 PM

Labyrinth. I don't think we're playing it exactly the correct way, but he loves it.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:32 PM

My boys favorite games are:

Hiss
Uno
Scrabble
Scrabble Slam
Old Maid
War
Apples To Apples Jr.
Sum Swamp

And sometimes to shake up Chutes and Ladders or Candyland, I'll break out trivia cards or flash cards to make it more educational.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:57 PM

We played a million games of Uno, Clue Jr. and Monopoly Jr. with DD9 at that age.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:03 PM

I've had two 5-year-old boys enjoy chess. You can try checkers first. Watching her older brothers, my 3.5 yo girl demands to play and makes legal moves about 2/3 of the time.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:03 PM

In addition to those listed here, we also really liked Gobblet Junior (though I think they changed the name to Gobblet Gobblers). Also, the kids really enjoy Dancing Eggs.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:13 PM

Lots of the games are already mentioned but I'll repeat anyway with our favorites:

Blokus
Guess Who
Swamp Sum (this is educational!)
Frog Juice
Set

I will only play games that I can stand so no Candyland for me although the kids would like it.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:16 PM

Eye Spy Eagle Eye, Ruckus are two of DD's favorites.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:10 PM

I'm going to repeat what others have said, since I think in this case, repetition is helpful to see what's popular among multiple children. My 5-year-old likes:

Set
Gobblet Jr.
Dwarves and Dice
Go Fish
Blokus
Sequence for Kids
TransAmerica (you do have to be able to read the city names, or at least match the ones on your cards to the cities on the board)
Uno

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:41 PM

Pet Hunt
Cooties
Checkers
Ant Farm
Don't Break the Ice

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:45 PM

DD6 enjoys CandyLand, Zingo, Uno, Shrek Matching, Trouble, Go Fish, War, Hi Ho Cherry Oh, Checkers.....and our newest family favorite....Flapdoodle. It is pure fun. My 6 and 3 year old absolutely love it and are laughing the whole game. Check it out. There's absolutely no learing about it LOL, but it sure is fun.

And I despise Shoots and Ladders.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:50 PM

Yahtzee Jr. is the fave here right now.

Sequence for Kids is a close runner-up.

#24 Jean in CA

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:06 PM

I looked up all your suggestions at Amazon.com, loaded my cart with my favorites and now the total is over $80....

Seems so frivolous to spend that much on board games!!! But, I suppose building great memories would be worth it... 5ds sure won't remember the OPG lessons, and history crafts, but hopefully will remember the good times playing games with ol' mom!

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:12 PM

My daughter is 5 1/2 and we've been playing:

Uno
Chutes and Ladders
Mousetrap (I do not like this one at all but she loves it)
Yahtzee Jr
Trouble
Various versions of Go Fish with the favorite being an I Spy version
Checkers

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:51 PM

I looked up all your suggestions at Amazon.com, loaded my cart with my favorites and now the total is over $80....

Seems so frivolous to spend that much on board games!!! But, I suppose building great memories would be worth it... 5ds sure won't remember the OPG lessons, and history crafts, but hopefully will remember the good times playing games with ol' mom!


You can always put some aside for Christmas presents when they arrive. That way you'll already have a head start on that. :001_smile:

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:54 PM

If 5 year olds are playing UNO -- is UNO Moo really needed for the younger? or could we just get the large laminated Uno H2O cards and start playing that way?

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:55 PM

Ladybug Game (created by a little girl when she was maybe 6?)

Endango

Wild Craft

Hi Ho Cherrios

Cooties

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:56 PM

Sorry Sliders has been a long time favorite here. His friends beg to play it when they come over. Operation is another one. We never play it right with the cards though.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:16 PM

Dominoes. Splurge on a colored set.

With dominoes (and a five year old), you can match the numbers (a 4 to a 4, a 7 to a 7) or you can say that the dominoes need to add up to 10(or 13 if you have a bigger set). So 6 matches to 4, or 12 matches to 1.

Other domino games you can play with 5yo:

Chickenfoot

http://www.pagat.com...hickenfoot.html


Mexican Train

http://www.pagat.com...m/mextrain.html

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:29 PM

"Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat..."

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions! My Cmas/Hanu list is starting to take shape. Great thread!

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 08:06 PM

I've had two 5-year-old boys enjoy chess. You can try checkers first. Watching her older brothers, my 3.5 yo girl demands to play and makes legal moves about 2/3 of the time.


This is what I was going to say. :iagree:
Start by teaching them with just pawns. The first one to get a pawn to the other side of the board wins. Next add the rooks. Continue adding a piece at a time until they've learned them all.


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