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We have a 4-year-old and an 11-year-old, some sometimes we have to play really easy games for the little one or help the little one play games the big one likes, but these are our favorites, with our age range:

Apples to Apples
Headbandz
Yatzee
Memory
Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.


What games do you play?
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I have a 6 and 3 year old. Our favorite games we all play include:
Hoot Owl Hoot
CooCoo the Rocking Clown
Memory
Busytown
Balloon Lagoon
Wildcraft
Chutes and Ladders
Spot It!

To play with just the oldest:
Catan Junior
Hey That's My Fish
Monopoly (Wizard of Oz version)
Fluxx (also Wizard of Oz version)
Gobblet
Set
Lost Cities
Forbidden Island
Chess

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I have a 4 and 7 year old. Together we play:

Guess Who

Quirkle

Blokus

memory

Tea Party Game

old maid

story cubes go fish

Treasure Hunt

Connect four

 

my younger either plays on a team with one of us or doesn't play with the rest of us:

clue

monopoly

uno

skip bo

scrabble

chess

Snowstorm

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Cribbage

Poker

Euchre

Set

Settlers of Catan

Carcassone

Scrabble

Trivial Pursuit

 

Every once in a while, Bop It or Speed Stacks are pulled off of the shelves, mostly by DD or one of her friends. It's kinda fun to see them with old favourites. 

 

My kids are older - 20 and 17 - but they have been playing all of these games since they were in single digits ages. 

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DS is 7yo.  We like -

 

Sleeping Queens (card game)

Squence

Kings in the Corner (or maybe it is King's Corner)

Camp (a board game)

Harvest Time (he is growing out of this)

Chess

Uno

 

 

Great thread.  I am interested in new game ideas.


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We have a 5yo who loves card games and an 8yo who likes any games. Our go to games are:

 

Uno

Meow Meow (HABA card game) 

Charades

SkipBO 

Yatzhee (with our 8yo)

WildCraft  (My fav but the kids like it too)


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I had 17 and 12.5 year old. We play poker (no money), Black Jack (no Money) and our favorite is Cards Against Humanity.

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My kids are 7 and 10.  Games they like that we adults are happy to play with them include Set, Blokus, Gobblet, Connect 4, and chess.  We like Bananagrams too, but the kids aren't even close to being competitive with adults yet.  (Set, on the other hand, is a great one for kids to play with adults, because once they get the hang of it kids are just as likely to be good at it as adults.)

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Oh, Set! I forgot about that one! It's a favorite of mine. The kids love playing Connect 4 too.

We don't play Uno and I don't know why. That game is a lot of fun. I'll have to get a Uno deck. There are a lot of Uno options these days, aren't there?

My husband and older daughter like to play Chess, however I don't like that game at all. I'd forgotten about that one because I don't like it. I like my games to involve some chance.

And I see Chutes and Ladders listed, and we play that as well.

There are some great suggestions here, and a lot of games I've never heard of. smile.gif
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I really want to buy Quirkle also like dominoes but with shapes and colors.


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My favorites were already mentioned, Set and Blokus. Like someone above mentioned, kids can do as well as adults. I also have a huge age range in my kids, and loved games that everyone could genuinely enjoy together.

 

Not exactly a board game, but we also enjoyed huge jigsaw puzzles. And coloring together - colored pencils were always our favorite. We did some poster size coloring of masterpiece paintings (bought in a tube at art museum gift shops) that I framed and still treasure.
 


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Just thought I would follow up after Friday night. DD had her 17th birthday party. The first part was at a local family-friendly, kinda upscale pool hall. The teens had fun but minors had to leave by 9 p.m. So they all came back here. I thought they would play table tennis and watch a couple of movies on Netflix. Instead they pulled a bunch of board games off the shelves - even the toddler-friendly Guess Who? - and played. Eventually, they turned on a movie but it was fun to see them playing the games. 

 

I keep a few "younger target age" games for visiting nephews and nieces and friends' children. I often wonder if I should declutter and get rid of more of them. After moments like Friday, I'm glad that I haven't. 

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My family LOVES Cranium and pictionary. The pictionary we have, they added a new dice into the mix that when you roll it, makes it more difficult to draw.
ex: if it lands on the side that has a closed eye, you have to draw your picture with your eyes closed
if it lands on the side that has a hand, you have to draw with the opposite hand you normally draw with.
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I have an 8, 9 and 11 year old.  My 11 year old does not really enjoy games.  However, he is addicted to Magic the Gathering and I play that quite frequently with him.  I REALLY like Magic.  IT's a fun game.  His younger siblings can't play it, though. 

 

Other games we can all play (if I can coerce my son into going us)

Poker (we use small candies for money- like Skittles or M&Ms).

Carcassone

Ticket to Ride

Uno Attack (or Hello Kitty Uno)--- this is our default game and we play this the most

Monopoly Jr (because of my 8 year old)

Checkers

Step To It

Stratego

Story Cubes

Everyone LOVES Dixit.  Dixit is a fabulous game!

Apples to Apples

 

My 9 year old will play Pastiche with me.  I haven't tried teaching it to my youngest, though.  And my 11 yr old son would find it boring.

 

My 8 year old loves word games as much as me (the other two don't like them).  And my 8 year old is pretty good!  Together we play:

Dabble

Bananagrams

Scrabble


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Games we can all play (I have an 8yo and a 5yo):

 

Blokus

Appletters

Blink

Farkle

Yahtzee

Guess Who?

Operation

Pictureka

Mancala

Hullabaloo

Connect Four

Card games like War and Go Fish

Trouble (we have a Star Wars version where R2 is in the bubble with the die and makes little robot sounds every time you press it -- so cute!)

(I'm excluding games that I hate playing, like Candyland and Chutes & Ladders)

 

Games where the 5yo "helps" on a parent's team instead of being her own team:

 

Cranium

Bananagrams

Rummikub

Card games like Golf, Speed, and Canadian Gin


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We have a lot of board games and card games because my husband and I like them. In fact my husband is a professional game player (poker).

But my son is so young we only play a few with him:
Hi ho cherry o
Cootie
Memory
Ants in the pants
Copy Cats
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We have a lot of board games and card games because my husband and I like them. In fact my husband is a professional game player (poker).

But my son is so young we only play a few with him:
Hi ho cherry o
Cootie
Memory
Ants in the pants
Copy Cats

 

Okay, I have to confess that I don't know any of these games except Memory redface.gif . 

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is it weird that we dont really play games?

 

its just the two of us. when dd was younger we did games then but now not so much except on trips or with family. even then its mostly memory games, charades and pictionary. 

 

maybe i should pick up a couple and see if we could play. though we have such busy lives that making time for board games is a stretch (esp. when the weather is nice now and there are neighborhood children to play with).


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is it weird that we dont really play games?
We don't either. I really don't enjoy them but there is also the problem of a small family. Someone will give us a 4 player game and we can't even use it. Or ds is torn between which parent to ally with. He is more of a cooperative team player sort.

He liked chess when he was young, 4 or so. He plays a game called Talisman with dh. They played Carcassonne recently with some relatives and seemed to enjoy that. We've played Risk, which is fine but ds flip flops alliance and teams up with whoever is doing more poorly so the game seems never ending.

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We have a bunch of old ones from when we grew up:

 

Battleship

Stratego

Chess

Mastermind

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Junior Executive-- an old Monopoly-like game made for kids in the 1950's.  This one was my dad's.

 

 

We also like these:

 

Go Fish

War 

Crazy 8's or Uno

Quirkle (cubes)

Chutes and Ladders

Sequence

Chuck-it Chicken ( something silly grandma picked up)

Trivial Pursuit LOTR movie edition 

 

DD1 wants to learn to play rummy finally.  She used to not want to play anything with the plain deck of cards!


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I look forward to reading this thread.

My 5yo  has started to become interested in chess and my 7yo has suddenly become quite good at it (wasnt so good when he was 5) Now we play that as a family, with the two boys against me, or in some combination/permutation thereof. Another nice game-geo bingo-matching  countries and capital cities...its hard to incorperate my 15mth old into these games, she just like to hold onto cards, but will often swipe all the tokens...mmm.

Mix and match game, snakes and ladders, blink , go fish....

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 Another nice game-geo bingo-matching  countries and capital cities...

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Our favorites are card games like Rat-a-tat-Cat and Uno and Apples to Apples. Also some classic games like Trouble, Connect Four, Sorry, etc. 


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Subbing... Trying to think of things to start playing with my 2 year old. I love playing board games and hope to instill that in DD.
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Risk. I'm adding Risk to our list. 

 

DS gave it to me for Mother's Day. A while ago, he mentioned playing with friends. I confessed that I have never played it. Unusual because I think I've played a lot of different board games over the years. We've had a pretty good collection although we have given away lots as they were outgrown. 

 

We haven't had a chance to play yet but maybe we'll have a family games night later this week. I look forward to world domination...

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Subbing... Trying to think of things to start playing with my 2 year old. I love playing board games and hope to instill that in DD.

My DD is 3 now, and ones that have worked for us do far are the Goodnight Moon game, Maisy game, and an awesome game called Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, which I highly recommend.
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My DD is 3 now, and ones that have worked for us do far are the Goodnight Moon game, Maisy game, and an awesome game called Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, which I highly recommend.

OMG she LOVES squirrels (called them "acorn meow meow" before she could say "squirrel" lol), acorns and knows her colours so this seems perfect!! Going to try to find it ASAP wink1.gif Thanks for the reccomendation.
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