Top Ten Kid's Games You've Probably Never Played
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I listed my favorite kid's games (there were about 45 of them) and then pulled their owned/ranked stats from the Geek. The ones with the least recognition ended up here... and on The Dice Tower podcast (http://www.funagain.com/control/viewblogpost?contentBlogPost...).

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1. Board Game: Mein Lieber Biber [Average Rating:5.06 Unranked]
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#10

Bambeleo for kids... but there's a bit more to it than that. Part of the Goldsieber Minibox series.

Age 6+
 
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2. Board Game: Rein damit [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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#9

This one reminds me a bit of Bounce-It-In with some interesting twists. (The plunger, btw, is for fishing animal "chips" out of the target circles.)

Age 4+ (w/appropriate handicapping for older players)
 
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3. Board Game: Fat Cats [Average Rating:5.04 Unranked]
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#8

A bluffing/blind bidding games for the younger set... which, unlike some blind bidding games (ack, cough, Aladdin's Dragons), is over BEFORE it wears out its welcome.

Age 5+
 
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4. Board Game: Drops & Co. [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:7773]
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#7

Conveyer belts on a vertical board slide the candies along into your bucket... just avoid the purple crackers! (The long black thing is a licorice "dice".)

Age 4+
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5. Board Game: Bis bald im Wald [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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#6

Possibly one of the most brain-melting memory games I know of - kid's game?! Ha! The "bambi & his buddies" art & theme obscure some serious synapse-blowing concentration.

Age 7+
 
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6. Board Game: Small Soldiers Big Battle Game [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
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#5

Capture the Flag on a hex grid... a very cool little introductory wargame for the early elementary grognard-to-be.

Age 4+
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7. Board Game: Dish It Up! [Average Rating:5.22 Unranked]
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#4

The strongest themed memory game I've ever played - as the waiters (players) scurry about trying to serve their customers for tips.

Age 4+
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8. Board Game: Insel der Schmuggler [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:7955]
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#3

A pick-up-and-deliver game for kids, it has enough variety & punch to be enjoyable for adults.

Age 5+
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9. Board Game: Rabatz auf dem Riesenrad [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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#2

The ferris wheel and the plastic rats are the inspiration for a number of games (outlined in the rules). The best are memory games. (And it wouldn't be tough for you to create some more games of your own with this nifty piece of equipment.)

Age 3+ (depending on which set of rules you use)
 
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10. Board Game: Daddy Cool [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:5488]
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#1

The polar bear cubs have been playing in the paint - which offers FOR ONCE a reasonable explanation of why the animal pieces come in bright primary colors! Now they're racing to get their bath first - using game mechanisms similar to Can't Stop. A great push-your-luck for kids, families... and adults who aren't afraid to play kid's games without kids present.

Age 4+
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