Dispatches from a day camp's board game class
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I'm a teacher, and for the past few summers I've worked at our school district's summer day camp for kids. Since I'm known to be a little involved in the board gaming world, I've gotten the pleasure of running the board games class (about an hour and ten minutes, four classes a day, two weeks total). I have two classes of kids who are going into first through third grades, and two classes of kids going into fourth through sixth grades.

I thought I'd share the games the kids are playing and any modifications or adaptations I've made to facilitate play. Or to just rage against Monopoly. I kid.

Here are the rules we discussed on the first day, and are posted on the board:

1. Quiet-ish
2. No quitting unless everyone quits
3. Everyone cleans up, and check the floor
4. Play nice, win nice, and lose nice
5. Treat all games carefully
6. Don't leave anyone out
7. No whining!

As of today, with two and a half days remaining, I have had only one kid cry about losing. Otherwise, all good spirits. Yay!

Camp gave me about ten games or so and the rest are from my supply (I brought in around 100). Luckily, this camp is located in my middle school building, so I can just go get games as needed. I keep about 250 in my classroom.

Not all games that I've had in the class will be posted. Just the ones worth mentioning, either as a good gaming experience or something that entertained me. If I'm going to be here for two full weeks doing this, I figured I might as well make a Geeklist.

Other games are Trouble, Monopoly, Sorry, Blokus, Risk, Chess, Checkers, Pretty Pretty Princess (the purple earring is broken, as every girl has told me), Sequence, Hangman, Dixit (not played yet), Operation, Mancala, and a couple decks of cards. One of my counselor brought in Magic The Gathering cards and has been teaching some of the older kids that game too. Start 'em young.



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I played this today with some of the older kids. One boy who has an autistic diagnosis had a hard time imagining how to place his train stations, but the other boys who are all in our district's gifted program played it well.

In order to help the kids see what stations were filled and which ones weren't, I placed a penny on the full stations. That worked really well, so much so that I might suggest this with my gaming group when we play. Of course, some of the more hardcore players might object, as well they should.
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Once I taught this, I knew it would see a lot of play, and it has. I played today for the first time with the younger group, and it was a bad idea to do that after staying up too late last night. I was tired, and a little fussier than normal. The kids' reading, cooperating, and strategizing skills are definitely lower at the younger ages and I basically had to walk them through it, turn by agonizing turn.

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I can't observe every single game, nor do I think I should, so if they're just happily playing along, all is well.
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When kids play this, they tend to play it the right way the first time, then spend the rest of time building with the blocks. We've had some impressive rockets and towers, as well as Domino tracks.
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During the very first play of the game, my first play with my copy too, I think, one of the kids started banging one of the mice on the table and broke off its nose.

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

To be expected with kids, I guess, but still frustrating. You can definitely see the different levels of abstract thinking, logic, and planning that kids have with this game. Some kids were just as confused at the end as they were at the beginning while others were hunting cheese like ninja warriors. A blast.
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I taught this to my middle school students, and one of them has two little brothers now at camp. Those two boys have taught most of the other boys how to play. This game was played almost every single class at the beginning, now it's tapering off (so many other games!)

Dice rolling, scoring points, damaging other monsters. What's a kid not to love?
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I have quite a few Asian students, and they loved seeing the dragon and calligraphy artwork. The others did too, and it's really nice having a game that's easy to teach, offers a good amount of strategic thinking, and plays up to eight kids. Games like this I can teach once, and the kids can easily play it again without me. This is good in classes that have between 15 and 20 kids in them.
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8. Board Game: Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2089]
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I got destroyed by a 5th grader on his first game. He outbid me, to an amount I thought was ridiculous, and then played the snot out of his cards. Probably the most impressive any student has been on his or her first play of any game.

Hilariously, the other kid I was playing with bid atrociously and played abysmally. So playing this game with those two boys was a study in contrasts.

The vast majority of students in all of the board classes are boys. Sigh. I have so many games that are accessible to all genders, but I just have more boys in class. As a girl gamer, I'm used to that though.
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9. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:700]
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Do you like math?

Hands shoot up from a few.

I teach them Can't Stop. They play it every day now. One kid, when I would move a piece ahead of his, would look at me and say, "Seriously!" every single time. When he moved ahead of me, he'd wave his little skinny arms in the air, cheering. Hilarious.

A great game, simple math, probability, risk assessment, pressing one's luck.
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Since I taught this game, every class usually sees a play of it. I would have thought this game would lend itself to more drama as kids slaughter each other's pieces, but when I teach it, I demonstrate a good natured laugh as I get destroyed. Luckily, they tend to do the same.

I think kids play a lot more games nowadays (electronically, at least) and that means you lose a lot more often, and it doesn't sting as much. Maybe.
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A perennial favorite. I have to watch them, though, so that no one gets it out with 10 minutes remaining in class.
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I taught this to the older students, and they loved, loved, loved colliding with each other. Some kids were more interested in that than gaining fruit. A riot.

It's fun to play with kids, whose experiences can be quite different from gamers who tend to play games exactly as described, just trying to win. It's cool to see how kids see games, where they find the fun in it, and to teach them how to assess strategy that isn't immediately apparent to them.
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13. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.27 Overall Rank:18715]
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I have the Sponge Bob version. Squidward's head fell off at some point and now kids play with him, headless.

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A must for every class. I teach gifted kids, so I can say it's a must for every gifted class, but this is a great game all around.
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15. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1984]
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How they managed to lose so many pieces of this, I have no idea, but the good news is that Out of the Box is really nice about parts replacement. The little ones can grasp this pretty easily, and I'm all in favor of teaching kids to be observant of each other and to think carefully.
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16. Board Game: The Powerpuff Girls: Saving the World Before Bedtime [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:10205]
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I had to go buy sleeves for this one yesterday after camp. It's getting a lot of play.

This game is a introductory (very introductory) war game. You play on an abstract map, use Battle Cards to move any or all players (or to force other players to lose cards) and roll to kill monsters. There are also reroll tiles and trap tiles.

A bunch of the boys didn't want to play it until I told them it was a war game. They don't know what war games are, but the fact that I told them that made it much cooler. The rules say to play until someone gets four monsters, but we play the entire board, all 19 monsters have to be beaten and whoever has the most hearts (and then most monsters) wins. That makes it harder, and the kids become more strategic about where they move the PPG around.

It's not the greatest game in the world, but it is a minor gem. Really.
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17. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1566]
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I was really happy that a student had learned how to play this elsewhere. Any games that kids get experience with that do not use roll and move mechanisms are winners in my book.

Yes, I have Monopoly and Sorry and a few other roll and move games for them to play, but I'm glad I get the opportunity for them to experience other games.
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18. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:801]
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!
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A really good one for little kids, and the bigger kids, and you can really see the different developmental levels kids are at. Some just move pieces to get fish, others try to trap the other penguins while they try to claim large tracts of ice. The good news is they like to play with the penguin pieces and to claim fish, so even the kids who lose really like this game.
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19. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1029] [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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A nifty little card game with several variants. Great for those last ten minutes or so of class when there isn't enough time to start a new bigger game.
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20. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1308]
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I won this game today by stealing a child's gem.

This is how we do it.
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21. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1818]
Board Game: Sorry! Sliders
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Rock Paper Scissors is the universal dispute solver, and this game seems to lend itself to both.

They love it. I appreciate it allows for movement, even a little. Some kids just gotta move, and the dexterity element is a different type of challenge.
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22. Board Game: Ticks Tacks Toes [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticks Tacks Toes
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This is one of the few camp games that were provided to me, and I have no idea how to play it, but two boys have created a whole dungeon play set with it. I'm pretty open to kids creating their own play experiences (unless I'm explicitly teaching or playing a game with them), so it's fun to see how a game that might not be so great (or maybe it is) becomes something else entirely.
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23. Board Game: Ninja Versus Ninja [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4336]
Board Game: Ninja Versus Ninja
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Another game that the little kids play with as toys, and the bigger kids play as an actual game. I do teach them how to play the game, or pair them with others that know, or if they are older, have them to learn to play by reading the rules, but I'm pretty flexible in a summer camp environment. Of course, if any of my games are broken or have pieces go missing, this is how it happens.

A great two player game, fast but challenging enough for them.
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24. Board Game: RattleSnake [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5074]
Board Game: RattleSnake
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The first day, two of the magnets went "missing." Le sigh.

They love the magnets, of course, and it takes two minutes to teach. They have to really focus with their movement, and it can be frustrating when someone throws the board off by simply getting their other magnets too close.
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25. Board Game: Snorta! [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3781]
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Another game that a kid learned before this class. They love the little animals. When I play this with my boyfriend's nieces, they play with putting two animals in the barns to make it harder.
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