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I'm beginning to get more experience in testing games on tiny human beings. Oftentimes more focus-challenged, and less interested in... tactiquery than middle-aged ones of the same species. Oftentimes. Recently we have started renting board games from a local-ish friendly game store here in Lyon. To remember what we have played and what we thought about the games we have played I started making a list. And then I figured, why not put the list here. So voila.

This might turn into a series on my blog.

Updated: 2017-07-11
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1. Board Game: Chicken Cha Cha Cha [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1528]
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Like most memory games there's absolutely no downtime. Players have to focus all the time on what the others reveal so that one can use it on one's own turn. The really clever trick here is the race mechanics. The game is exciting till the end since a player can come from afar if he has a good memory. And this, I have discovered during my adventures in gaming, kids excel at! More here: http://m635j520.blogspot.fr/2016/04/gaming-with-kids-1-pique...
 
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2. Board Game: Hoppe Reiter [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:10313]
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The clever thing about this game is that it manages to present very young players with decision taking without making things too complicated. Most dice games for that age group is just about rolling dice and jumping. No choices, just random chaos. (Nothing wrong with that per se, of course. It still teaches younglings a lot.) This is a nice break from that. More here: http://m635j520.blogspot.fr/2016/04/gaming-with-kids-1-pique...
 
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3. Board Game: Monza [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1971]
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The five year old loves this game. (As good as Pique Plume, he stated after some plays.) First (children's) game he has gotten to play where you get to roll so many dice at the same time. Two thumbs up again. (More info here: https://m635j520.blogspot.fr/2016/07/gaming-with-kids-2-monz... )
 
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4. Board Game: Jurassik [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:9911]
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A big hit in our household. We might not invest in it just yet, but it was well played when we rented it, and it is not boring - even for adults. Also, dinosaurs! (More words here: https://m635j520.blogspot.fr/2016/07/gaming-with-kids-2-monz... )
 
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5. Board Game: Cardline: Dinosaurs [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:5611] [Average Rating:6.11 Unranked]
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Amazingly efficient simple rules game ala timeline, but with dinosaurs, and everyone likes dinosaurs. Very, very nice illustrations on the cards. (The fact that they are bigger than the ones in timeline is also a plus.) A big hit with the 5-year old!
 
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6. Board Game: Silly Shenanigans [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:10530]
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Quite fascinating take on the memory game genre for the littlest ones. The 3-year old liked it a lot, the five year old would rather play Cardline: Dinosaurs...
 
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7. Board Game: Little Balancing [Average Rating:5.30 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: Oh Schreck, der Speck fliegt weg! [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
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Dexterity game that was a bigger hit with the parents than the kids. But both the 5 year old and the 3 year old agreed to play it and had fun with it.
 
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9. Board Game: Rhino Hero [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:663] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: Funny Bunny [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:15025]
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11. Board Game: My First Carcassonne [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1326]
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12. Board Game: Unicorn Glitterluck [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:7385]
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13. Board Game: Monster Chase [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3522]
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14. Board Game: Dino Twist [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:8389]
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15. Board Game: Old Maid [Average Rating:3.59 Overall Rank:17253]
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16. Board Game: Fiery Dragons [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:7744]
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17. Board Game: Kleiner Obstgarten [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: First Orchard [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2621]
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19. Board Game: Game of Goose [Average Rating:3.40 Overall Rank:17241]
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20. Board Game: Spot it Jr.! Animals [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4060]
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21. Board Game: Cardline: Animals [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1857] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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After the success with Cardline Dinosaures we invested in the version with more up to date plain animals. And lo and behold it was also a big success! (Even though the age recommendation on the box states from 7 years -- 2 years more than the dino-version...)
 
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22. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:653]
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Probably the first "real" game I have introduced to the 5 year old - unchanged. And it went down fairly well. Such a great game!
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23. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2852]
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The box says from 7 years of age, but the household 5 year old really enjoys this one...
 
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24. Board Game: Dino Race [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5221]
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25. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:854]
 
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Played a simplified version with the 5-year old and it worked well enough that I will up the complexity next time!

Update: The 5-year old is now six years old so we play with the proper rules. Even red buildings. And purple ones.
 
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