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Fun, not school-ey, board games suggestions?

post #1 of 30
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Our dc are young, and we've been enjoying games like Blokus (which all four play and understand well) and CountAcross (by Cadaco) which we've modified to make it more challenging on the first level, although we've only just purchased it and started playing it today; we haven't yet played it with our 29 month old- unless making towers out of the pieces and having him roll for me count as playing.

Anyway, they really like games that have the two most prevalent components in the above games- self-challenge and an opponent or several. They don't like games that are pure luck and/or pure competition and no/little self-challenge. They do also enjoy solitary games that demand strategy and skill.

I grew up playing Scrabble, Boggle, mostly, so we have those and Scattergories already. Card games just do not work. I'm not sure when they will, but right now they just end up somehow tossed or lost. Our eldest would play cards, but not so much the younger ones.

I'm not really even aware of what games are out there now except what I've seen at stores and other than the ones I mentioned, they seem uninteresting to me- lots of flashy, moving plastic parts and full-on competition with little need for skill or strategy. And many of the games for children also have a lot of school-based themes and age-peer mentality that I would like to avoid, which is why I am posting here.

Oooh, I just remembered Battleship; they might enjoy that.

Any favourites amongst your families (with young children, previously or presently)?
post #2 of 30
I don't think you'd call this a "game," but it's fun. You have to make pictures using the shapes. It starts out easy and gets harder as you advance through the cards. http://www.amazon.com/MightyMind-401..._bxgy_t_text_b
post #3 of 30
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I know that two of my dc would really enjoy that game; thanks for the suggestion!

I laughed really hard at the second scroll-over photoin the link: Makes Kids Smarter and keeps them busy for hours! That's hilarious.
post #4 of 30
We LOVE Rummikub. It is highly strategic so that makes it lots of fun. Mancala is another family favorite that requires strategy.
post #5 of 30
Quirkle

chess

Gobblet

Bananagrams

(hmmm, as I look on our shelf for games without cards I never realized how many games WITH cards we have! Post again when you're ready for those, )
post #6 of 30
We are huge board and card game fans over here, and my 6 year old plays quite a few with us. We get most of our games at a comic book shop, since they tend to have a more diverse selection. Samurai is wonderful. Dominion (although that is card base), Robo Rally, and Roller Coaster Tycoon are popular with us as well. We play some classic games as well, like Mancala, Chinese Checkers, Chess, and Milles Bournes. We're getting ready to try some slightly more advanced strategy games like Settlers of Catan and Tower of Babel. Lord of the Rings is a really fun cooperative board game, but I don't think ds could play it without adult guidance, as there are a lot of steps to remember for a turn.
post #7 of 30
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I was correct; I am out of touch with board games. I have to look up nearly every one that was suggested!

My dp loooooves playing Catan, but he plays with the youth at his job who are teen-aged. He's really looking forward to playing it with our dc. I've never played it and dp is reticent to introduce it to me because I tend to kiss his behind in strategy games.

Off to Google and probably Amazon. Thanks!

ETA: Okay, so wikipedia is provng the best resource for play info so far.
post #8 of 30
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Here's a Wiki list of board games for anyone else who is interested.
post #9 of 30
I am going to have to check all these out as well- I never knew there were so many. The kids love a Dr Seuss alphabet game we bought- it is like twister- they love seeing us trying to get into all kinds of positons- I guess that is educational though- anyway they do enjoy it.
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by joy_seeker View Post
We LOVE Rummikub. It is highly strategic so that makes it lots of fun. Mancala is another family favorite that requires strategy.
And rummikub also sets them up for card games when they can do card handling.
post #11 of 30
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This thread was a great starting point for me! I began to look up the games listed and found a whole bunch more that I think will be perfect for our dc.

The games not already listed here that I interest me presently are:
Go

Colorku

Ingenious

Kids of Carcassonne

Cathedral Classic

That's my list along with making a Bananagrams bag of some sort for Scrabble tiles, and finding a Rummikub version that has sturdy parts. I also want to make a mancala aparatus and have our boys choose stones from outside for it. We have myriad beautiful stones here all over the ground and they love to bring in ones they think are particularly interesting, so rather than finding them stored in their pockets on laundry day, they can collect them for mancala. They'll love that.
post #12 of 30
I love the idea of making your own mancala- very cool! We've had our Rummikub game forever (my brother got it when we were kids) and all the pieces are plastic so very durable- is it made differently now?
post #13 of 30
That colorku is very similar to one of the games I was going to suggest (the other was Quirkle, which someone already mentioned). It's called Maremba, but I have no idea where you can get it. DS1 got it from his paternal grandmother for Christmas a couple years ago.
post #14 of 30
My kids love Candy Land, Cootie, and Trouble. Those are really luck based though.

What about Chinese Checkers? I remember LOVING that when I was a kid, and it does take a bit of skill. That and regular checkers.

Other games I can remember liking as a kid:

Guess Who
Connect Four
Clue
Monopoly
Battleship
Trivia-based games
Jenga

I know you said no card games, but you also mentioned that they like Scrabble, so I thought I mention a new game my mom just got. It's a card Scrabble game that you make only four letter words out of. (And not the bad kind of four letter words. ) It was really fun and fast paced, but not hard because it only contained really common letters and it was easy to turn words like PARK into PORK and then PORT, etc. It was fun! I don't know the exact name of it, but I'm sure it came from a common store like Walmart.
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by PenelopeJune View Post

I know you said no card games, but you also mentioned that they like Scrabble, so I thought I mention a new game my mom just got. It's a card Scrabble game that you make only four letter words out of. (And not the bad kind of four letter words. ) It was really fun and fast paced, but not hard because it only contained really common letters and it was easy to turn words like PARK into PORK and then PORT, etc. It was fun! I don't know the exact name of it, but I'm sure it came from a common store like Walmart.
to the four-letter words. I think I remember seeing that game somewhere. Was it a Jr Boggle? I love Boggle and played it very often as a child and would now if I had the time... I've been thinking of buying a set of alphabet dice and playing a made-up game with our boys- one that doesn't require fast writing, but that will allow them to make words or find words and write them slowly. We have a set of alphabet cards. I'm goig to think of a game to play with them. That word game is a great suggestion. Thanks!
post #16 of 30
Mexican train dominoes!
post #17 of 30
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Mexican train dominoes!
My dc love dominoes. They love to build with them, make line 'drawings' that meander all over the floor with them and even sometimes play standard dominoes with them, but I am not sure if we have a full set right now... They love the feel and coloured pips on them too.
post #18 of 30
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to the four-letter words. I think I remember seeing that game somewhere. Was it a Jr Boggle? I love Boggle and played it very often as a child and would now if I had the time... I've been thinking of buying a set of alphabet dice and playing a made-up game with our boys- one that doesn't require fast writing, but that will allow them to make words or find words and write them slowly. We have a set of alphabet cards. I'm goig to think of a game to play with them. That word game is a great suggestion. Thanks!
No, it was Scrabble, but just played with cards. The box it came in was about the size of the box for Uno. (Which, hey! There's another great suggestion. Uno is fun!)

Ah, here, I googled it! http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brother...2501048&sr=1-1 Scrabble Slam. It was super fun. I played with my mom and my stepdad. My mom and I think fast, so we were slamming down cards left and right, but my stepdad is a much slower thinker, and he still had a fair shot at winning because it was so simple to turn the words into different words.
post #19 of 30
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Oh okay. I've never seen that one. So I must have seen Boggle Jr then. I have a set of cards we could use for that and maybe it could be an introduction to not tossing cards all over the floor.
post #20 of 30
Down the Tubes, Bumparena, Shuttles, Mastermind, Stratego or Hive Alive, Tricky Fingers, Rush Hour...
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