Anyone have a favorite game?
I'm simple-minded, so my personal favorite is checkers. I haven't played the Pictionary my daughter acquired at a yard sale yet. I'm not very good at Scrabble. My family is still young - our oldest child is 7 - so I can't say our family has a favorite game yet.
How about you?
Wow, what a variety, pek64! What a lucky son you have!
I've heard of Pinochle but I don't think I've ever played it, so I don't know how to play that one. I don't think I ever mastered Clue, either. Battleship was one of my favorites growing up, now that you mention it; I doubt either of my parents still has it though so I wrote that and Uno on the Walmart list. I haven't heard of Rush Hour, Pit, or Milles Bourne - do you care to elaborate? Skip Bo is a card game, right? (I feel so ignorant!) I'm hoping my husband will teach our children chess. A homemade Jeopardy game sounds really fun. Would you please give more detail? Did your son play that before he was 10? (All of mine are under 8.) I don't know how to make a maze.
I hope you and your son are having a great day :)
Some of the games we love:
Settlers of Catan
Some of these games require reading or strategic thinking, but others (like Zombie Dice and Tsuro) are good even for little kids.
Recently we started our first RPG (role playing game), called Dragon Age. RPGs are more complicated, are played over multiple sessions, and require advance planning, but so far it's a lot of fun.
Milles Bourne is another card game, based on travel. It's French, I think. There are miles markers, and the goal is to go a thousand miles. You need a green light, have gas and good tires, and a car in good condition. You can play red lights, out of gas, flat tire or accident cards on opponents to slow them down.
Pit is a card game that is like stock market trading. You have cards for each commodity you are trading. You can trade one to four cards at a time, and whoever gets a hand full of a single commodity wins that round. You can keep score, but we like to just do it for fun.
We made up our own rules for Uno, where the goal is to play every card in the deck. When someone runs out of cards, he/she simply draws five more. When the last card has been picked up from the draw pile, everyone shows their cards, and work together to see if all remaining cards can be played. We allow new rules to be used at that point, like two cards can be played together if they add up to the card they are played on. For example, a 3 and.a 2 are played on a 5. It's fun, and before I quit work there was a focus on teaching cooperation in the workplace. It seemed that so much emphasis was on competition that coworkers couldn't work on projects together!
Rush Hour was expensive, as we got extra decks of cards, but a strategy favorite. You have to get the red car out of a bunch of other cars on a grid. A poor description!!! The cards set up the challenge, and provide the solution, if necessary.
Clue. My personal favorite! A detective game. And my son created his own version of that, as well.
For homemade games, he set up spreadsheets on the computer for Wheel and Jeopardy. We still have them, but we haven't used them in a couple of years.
Pinochle is my favorite card game, and one played by my family when I was growing up. There's meld and counting points, as well as keeping the running totals of the two teams. I used it to get him to do math, so I played three hands and he played one. I always gave him whatever hand was best, so he always won, but it was the math that was my goal. Learning to handle setbacks happens enough, that I didn't worry about missing opportunities there!
We homeschooled, so that's why I had different objectives than someone else might.
Making mazes. We did that, but started by buying maze books and doing those. Again, since we homeschooled I was buying books, anyway. Lego blocks or other toys can be used to make a maze for toys, ir yarn to make a maze for the child. There was a thread here about a month ago with sensory games for preschool children. A lot of the ideas there and on her blog can be used by eight year olds.
Legos were another favorite!! I forgot about those. We once had an exploding Clifford dog made from red Legos. It was so touchy, it fairly exploded if touched! But it was fun!
I haven't heard of the other games mentioned by the other poster. I'd love to hear more about them!
Ok, more about the games I mentioned. Small World and Settlers of Catan are world domination board games. You build your empires and gather resources, trying to beat out the other players.
Zombie Dice is a simple dice game. You're a zombie. You roll the dice to find out if your prey runs away, shoots you, or gets eaten. The goal is to collect brains without getting shot too often. It sounds gross, but it's really just silly.
Robo Rally is a board game where you "program" your robots to run a course and grab the flags. First to get all the flags wins.
Munchkin is a card game version of an RPG. Your goal is to storm the dungeon, kill the monsters, and get the treasure. You can cooperate with other players or work against them.
Tsuro is a board game where you lay out tiles that determine your path. If your path takes you off the board, or another player runs into you, you're out. The goal is to be the last man standing.
Gloom is a card game. It's kind of macabre, but in a silly way, so it's best for older kids. (It also requires a lot of reading.) Each player has a family, and the goal is to make your family as miserable as possible, and then kill them. (The cards are full of ridiculous miseries and deaths, like "was frightened by fungus" and "was mixed in the gruel.") To thwart your opponents, you make their families happy ("was charmed by the circus.")
Another one I forgot is Fluxx, a card game where the rules keep changing. The game starts with no goal, and only one rule: draw one, play one. As you play, you add new rules and goals, and even ungoals (conditions under which everyone loses). You can buy different versions, and we have Cthulu Fluxx.
And I forgot my 10yo's new favorite game, Get Bit. It's sort of a card game about robots swimming in the ocean, getting eaten by a shark.
(Edit: Just fixed a your/you're error. Sorry, originally typed this on my phone.)
Edited by michelleepotter - 4/15/13 at 4:43am