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What types of games are fun and good for kids around 5 years old. I thought I'd buy some games for my dd and her friend who comes over sometimes. We hs and so does her friend. I was going to say that I wanted something educational but I realized as long as they are thinking and having fun thats all the education they need.
 

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There was a games thread on here a while ago with great suggestions.
We have a lot of games

My 5 year olds love
labrynth jr
globe trotters (a map based twister game)
4 in a row (like connect 4)
tic tack twice (aristoplay)
blokus
mytery garden (ravensburg games)
countdown
checkers
mancala
rummy cubes,
boggle jr
cat in the hat
Ancient Egypt (another aristoplay game)

and for card games they like Uno, crazy eights and rummy at the moment.

HTH
Karen
 

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A few other suggestions:

Battleship
Zingo
Connect Four
Memory
 

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Clue Jr
Monopoly Jr
Candyland
Chutes and Ladders
Boggle Jr
Yahtzee
Hi-Ho Cherrio
Go Fish
Memory

I am sure that I am forgetting some but all of these are huge hits here.
 

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My 4.5 year old loves Blokus, Rumis, Lego creator, Monopoly Jr, Giant dice (a bingo -math- game) and learning chess. Thats a set that has the pieces marked to show how each piece can move...
 

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alfredo's food fight http://www.fundexgames.com/ (this is what it sounds like -- i think it's fun, but not eeryone's cup of tea)

bialo or pandabo or rapdio http://www.hapetoys.com/ (beautiful wood--require good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills)

YES to the PP who said blokus -- I am geting it for DH for our anniversary!! http://www.educationalinsights.com/ it is sort of like Go.

leaping lizards -- might be hard for 5 yos, do you play with them? WARNING THE SITE HAS SOUND EFFECTS http://www.gamewright.com/gwintro.html

I also second the PP who said Monopoly Jr. -- note that they come in themes now, such as Deep Sea or Din'n Dino. what makes it jr is that the math is easier.

no offense to the PP whose 4.5 y.o. loves Rumis -- I think that's GREAT that your DC enjoys it but perhaps it's a little ahead of the curve for most 5 y.o.s.

headbanz (a guessing game)

i spy bingo http://www.briarpatch.com/

lacing puppets by lauri, come in various themes (e.g., dinos) (good for fine motor skills and can of course be used for pretend play, and her little friend will have a creation to take home)

parquetry blocks and cards (making patterns out of tiles -- can follow the book or just be creative) http://www.learningresources.com/home.do

mixmatch by nonviolent toys (visual matching plus strategy -- can be played solo)

poppin' puzzlers, sort of like perfection http://www.intplay.com/

pretty pretty princess cinderella game (you win plastic accessories) (again, not everyone's cup of tea -- disney haters beware!) (night be fun for a girl who liked to dress up) http://www.hasbro.com/
 

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I'll throw in another vote for Blokus. My 8yr old ds plays it by himself and challenges himself to see how many pieces he can fit into the board. Or he uses them like tanagrams and makes complex designs with the pieces. He also loves to play this with a group and it's one of the first games he brings to our homeschool co-op to share.
 
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