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My kids loooove board games but I have had trouble finding one they can all play together without my help. We tried harvest and orchard co-op games and ended up with cards and wooden fruit everywhere.<br><br>
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It's not a board game per se but it is a game--Connect Four? I've found even quite young kids can play it by themselves. We got the I Spy board game for Christmas and as ds loves I Spy, it's quite a hit. No little pieces, just lots of big easy-to-hold cardboard cards. Four ways to play it so can accommodate varying ages. The other one we like is Trouble, because ds loves to pop the plastic bubble, and it keeps the dice inside it so you don't lose it.
 

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Guess Who? It's a two player game but the 3 and 6 yo could play together since it's probably a little old for the 3yo.<br><br>
Hi Ho Cherry Oh is one the 3 and 6 yo could play but it would probably bore the 9 yo.<br><br>
Bingo?<br><br>
That's really a hard one because if it's fun for the 3 yo, it's probably boring for the 9 yo.
 

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What about <a href="http://www.forsmallhands.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=83_207_544" target="_blank">Pandabo</a>? There's also a few others on that site like Stacking Donkey and Tier auf Tier, and I think a moon one.<br>
My kids enjoy playing with them because there's no real 'losing'. We have Tier auf Tier, and if the animals get knocked down then you add them to your collection. It's challenging enough for the 9yo but not too hard for the 3yo to grasp the concept (and the moon one only uses cylinders, making it a little easier).
 

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My 9, 7 and 4yo kids like Uno (card game) or Uno Junior<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSorry-Family-Game-Night-Edition%2Fdp%2FB00000IWD0%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200412360%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Sorry</a><br><a href="http://giochinscatola.it/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2317&language=en&osCsid=2eb3672" target="_blank">Castello del Drago</a> -<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRavensburger-21641-3%25252dD-Labyrinth%2Fdp%2FB0006HB9ES%2Fref%3Dsr_1_15%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200412248%26sr%3D1-15" target="_blank">3-D Labyrinth</a><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRavensburger-21246-Junior-Labyrinth-Game%2Fdp%2FB000HVVJ5C%2Fref%3Dsr_1_7%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200412248%26sr%3D1-7" target="_blank">Junior Labyrinth</a><br><br>
Often my youngest will be on a team with someone else when he doesn't really want to play by himself.
 

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Gulo Gulo is supposed to be good for young kids--the younger the better, apparently, because it's a dexterity game, and little fingers are better at this than big fingers!<br><br>
My experience with 3-year-olds and games is that there really shouldn't be too many rules, outside of "only go on your turn." So really simple stuff, like Honey Bee Tree or other physical games, Uno if the 3-year-old can match symbols (i.e. numbers).<br><br>
You might check out the "Games and Kids" forum at <a href="http://www.boardgamegeek.com" target="_blank">www.boardgamegeek.com</a> but just be aware, a lot of parents there are board game fans themselves who are adapting older childrens' and adults' games for their younger children, rather than starting with a game specifically designed for younger children. But with a 9-year-old and a 3-year-old, you may have to do a little of that anyway; like convince the 9-year-old to sit through a game of Candyland, and then "help" the 3-year-old play an older kids' game.
 

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Uno <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FInternational-Playthings-42003-Card-Game%2Fdp%2FB000GQ27UY%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200436221%26sr%3D1-6" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/International-...0436221&sr=1-6</a><br><br>
Zingo <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FThink-Fun-7700-Zingo%2Fdp%2FB00006408Q%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200436023%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-7700...0436023&sr=8-1</a><br><br>
Kerplunk <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMattel-37092-Ker-Plunk-Game%2Fdp%2FB0000205X3%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200436104%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-37092-K...0436104&sr=1-1</a><br><br>
Jenga <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHasbro-53557-Jenga%2Fdp%2FB000GBA60W%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200436140%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-53557-J...0436140&sr=1-1</a><br><br>
Hullabaloo <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCranium-104030000-100E-Hullabaloo%2Fdp%2FB00008MIGQ%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1200436187%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Cranium-104030...0436187&sr=1-1</a>
 

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My seven year old and three year old play Connect Four and Battleship together these days. However...I always play along, and the little one is on my "team." I have found we can play ANY game as long as she's on my team or her brother's, and I figure she's getting good practice by participating so she'll be playing for real in no time.
 

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Blokus!!!! Such a fun game. The little one may need your help . . .My 3 y/o does, but the others don't seem to mind!<br><br>
Have fun . . .<br><br>
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Max (another cooperative game)<br><a href="http://www.funagain.com/control/product/~product_id=000813" target="_blank">http://www.funagain.com/control/prod...duct_id=000813</a>
 

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Elefun is a game that's fun for a variety of ages. You can just have the older ones play from their knees. We do this as a family and it's a blast. Some of the Cranium games are appropriate too. That or have them pair off into teams for more difficult games.
 

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Ds got Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land and the Balancing Moon game for Christmas. Dh and I play with him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He had played CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders with his 7 year old cousin and had a blast.
 
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