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Right now ds is *loving* Music Maestro (an old game grandma found on ebay) and Sum Swamp... what games do your kids love? I'm trying to find fun and different games for our collection
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Mine absolutely LOVE Trouble!
It's their favorite game right now
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My DD loves Sequence for kids

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Monopoly Jr.
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My dd just learned Rummikub. Its a lot like card games, but little hands don't have to hold the cards.

They also like Max, a cooperative game.

Uno's another good game, but not a board game.

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The favorites right now are the ones we got them for Christmas - Tsuro, Gobblet, JR. and Coocoo (the last two are Blue Orange games, I would love more by them).

They also really like Twister, Operation, and Candy Land! And, as mentioned above, Uno.

We've started playing games together as a family 1-2 nights a week and it is so much fun. We've done it before but sporadically rather than weekly like we've been doing.

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Battleship
Uno
Zingo
What's Gnu?
Candyland
Chutes and Ladders
Jenga
Guess Who?
Rummikub
Hungry Hungry Hippos
I spy
Star Wars Board Game
Mancala

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Trouble is a favorite here too.
Also:
Chutes and Ladders
UNO (not a board game but still a favorite)
Dino Math Tracks
Hiss (not educational really but a favorite here)
Clue Jr
most any BINGO game-we have them for almost all topics I think LOL!
Fruit Salad (cheap math fractions game)

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- Scrabble, Jr.
- Zingo
- CandyLand
- Pirate's Cove
- Chutes and Ladders
- dominoes (o.k., not a board game!)
- memory (o.k., another one that's not a board game...)
- Uno (yet another one that has no board)
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DD is only 3, but a bit better than average for her age at games/taking turns.

Chutes and Ladders
Candyland
Memory
Rivers, Roads, and Rails
Dominoes
Harvest Time
Hi-ho Cherry-O

Actually, I have yet to get a game for her that she DIDN'T like. Right now (as in the last week or so) Candyland and Harvest Time are faves, but she tends to rotate which ones she asks to play.

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Not a board game, but we love Gnip Gnop right now. No skill whatsoever, but it is a lot of fun.

We just got Great States Jr, but we have not gotten into it deeply.

We have travel checkers that we only play when we are in the car waiting, so it is a special treat.

I don't think I saw anyone mention SORRY.

I forgot to add Connect Four.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! Lots of games I haven't heard of; I'm :

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monopoly (not the new kind that has a credit card instead of money)
uno
guess who
what in the wild
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Sorry
Risk
Scrabble
The Uncle Wiggly Game
Monopoly and Monopoly Jr
Stratego
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monopoly (not the new kind that has a credit card instead of money)
Yikes! Really? Well that takes all the fun out of being the banker!

Okay, off the top of my head:

The Amazing Labyrinth
Apples to Apples
Uno
Yahtzee
In a Pickle
Countdown
Sorry
Trouble
Battleship
Payday
Scrabble (play cooperatively)
Boggle (same as above)
Geo Bee Challenge (by National Geographic)
Card games (War, Crazy Eights, Gin Rummy, Poker, Go Fish, Solitaire, etc.)
Mancala
Checkers
Mastermind
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Yoga Garden Game, Yard Sale, and any concentration/memory type games.
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Speed Stacks
Trouble
Pictionary Junior
Clue Junior
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Tip Over, Chronos Bloks, Dominos, Connect 4
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i forgot to post that if you are homeschooling on a budget or are planning to homeschool and your kids are too young now: get your games at the thrift store.

i have had excellent luck buying games that are used, usually with all their pieces, for $1.50 up to $3.00 at thrift stores and garage sales. just keep your eye out. even if you get a game missing many pieces, you spent little money. this has saved us tons, instead of spending $16.99 per new game!
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Operation
The game of life
Puzzles
Uno
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Sleeping Grump
Caves and Claws
Trouble
Monopoly Jr.
A Beautiful Place
The Lost Jungle (a dinosaur game to play after chipping out the dino from the clay!)
Rebound
Snakes and Ladders
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i forgot to post that if you are homeschooling on a budget or are planning to homeschool and your kids are too young now: get your games at the thrift store.

i have had excellent luck buying games that are used, usually with all their pieces, for $1.50 up to $3.00 at thrift stores and garage sales. just keep your eye out. even if you get a game missing many pieces, you spent little money. this has saved us tons, instead of spending $16.99 per new game!
A few times a year TRU has BOGO Free or buy two get the third free. Not thrift store prices, but it is a pretty good deal if you are looking for gifts.
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We love many of the above, and lots of card games. But our all-time favorite game these days is chess. I had forgotten how to play but my son's Russian tutor taught him to play and now the whole family is into the game. It is really fun! I never would have thought my then 5 yo would be interested but he loves it, and taught his brother to play (with some special rules--such as the oldest player (that is, my oldest son) gets to be the white guys and that only white queens can move like knights, etc--that I had to correct once I found a good chess for kids book and boned up on the rules myself.)

It's a great game to encourage logical thinking. But be prepared--there is nothing quite like trying your absolute best (and even staying up late at night to read chess strategies on the internet) but still getting clobbered by your 4 yo.

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We love many of the above, and lots of card games. But our all-time favorite game these days is chess.
It's a great game to encourage logical thinking. But be prepared--there is nothing quite like trying your absolute best (and even staying up late at night to read chess strategies on the internet) but still getting clobbered by your 4 yo.


My son has been playing for about a year. It is wonderful daddy-bonding for him.
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Yoga Garden Game
Orchard Game (Haba)
Grab Bag (Haba)
Yahtzee
Uno
Checkers
Monopoly Jr.
Uncle Wiggly
Crafty Badger (Haba)

I found a bunch of these games at kidsurplus.com for cheap!

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It's a great game to encourage logical thinking. But be prepared--there is nothing quite like trying your absolute best (and even staying up late at night to read chess strategies on the internet) but still getting clobbered by your 4 yo.
I totally believe that your 4 yr old could beat me at chess, since I never learned how to play! : I didn't grow up in a game-loving family... It's all different now though; I live with a couple of guys who love playing games

Thanks for all the terrific suggestions!
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Our current favorites are:


Pente
Mancala
Go Bananas (card game)
Slamwich (ditto)
Blink (ditto)

The one they are enjoying the most right now is The Perilous Parlour Game.
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