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Subject: If you could buy only 3 kids games to build gaming skills (target ages 5-7)... rss

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Kristen Umansky
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My 4 year old daughter enjoys:

My First Stone Age
Zombie Kidz Evolution
Kinder Bunnies: Their First Adventure

 
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Ours children (7 and 9 years olds) enjoy My First Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride First Journey and Qwirkle
 
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I see you own Patchwork; I LOVE my father/son times playing this with my little one.

He's 3, but we started playing when he was 2 - we didn't use buttons as currency at first, just took one of the next 3 and placed it on the board.
Now, we play with buttons as currency but don't award the 7x7 tile, although that's coming soon.

He beats me a depressingly high proportion of the time!
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Nashman88 wrote:
I see you own Patchwork; I LOVE my father/son times playing this with my little one.

He's 3, but we started playing when he was 2 - we didn't use buttons as currency at first, just took one of the next 3 and placed it on the board.
Now, we play with buttons as currency but don't award the 7x7 tile, although that's coming soon.

He beats me a depressingly high proportion of the time!

Do you use the time track?
 
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Yes. He picks who goes first, and he knows that whoever is further back has the next turn.
So it's taught him about unusual turn order already, which is great for when we start games like Gaia Project!


It's worth stating though that he's a VERY intelligent child; I know every parent likes to think that about their children, but he turned 3 in November and he already knows his times tables and can read basically at an adult level.
His favourite past-time is sitting on the sofa with his calculator trying out different number sentences. As an actuary, it makes me very proud!
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Everytime I see the title of this thread I read "If you could buy only 3 kids to build..." surprise
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Chaiftan wrote:
Everytime I see the title of this thread I read "If you could buy only 3 kids to build..." surprise


...to build what?

 
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gyruss wrote:
Chaiftan wrote:
Everytime I see the title of this thread I read "If you could buy only 3 kids to build..." surprise


...to build what?


a very small pyramid
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jade_alarm wrote:
gyruss wrote:
Chaiftan wrote:
Everytime I see the title of this thread I read "If you could buy only 3 kids to build..." surprise


...to build what?


a very small pyramid


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I recommend trying out the new

Zombie Kidz Evolution

It's a coop legacy game for kids! So much fun for a simple game. My four year old and seven year old are possessed with it. Only game they love to play when it is just the two of them.
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we talk a lot about introductory games on our site (littlemeeples dot com) and instagram (@littlemeeples). I find that the My First and Junior versions of games are pretty good. Karuba Jr, My First Stone Age, My First Castle Panic.
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For anyone with kids, I always recommend The Enchanted Tower. It is simply the best kids game ever. 2 player only, though. The only tricky parts are making sure the kid keeps to the path (no shortcuts) and no peeking when hiding the key. Those bits aside, the game is super easy to grasp while also super engaging for any age. And the art is great. And the components are very well thought out. And it's got a spring-loaded princess locked in a tower so when she's freed she shoots skyward.

My 7 yr old loves Go Nuts for Donuts. She even teaches others how to play. Similar in feel to Sushi Go, which you said you have already.

She's also scarily good at Azul.

Lately, we've all (7 yr old, 11, yr old, me, and the wife) have been playing lots of Deep Sea Adventure while waiting for food at restaurants.

These are all games which are engaging for any age, but easy to learn and pleasant to look at. I can easily recommend all of them.

As a general note, any game which has multiple paths to victory seems to be a good choice. What my kid tends to do is to ignore most of the paths and focus on one. As long as no one at the table tries to actively thwart her, this enables her to have fun playing the game and in her own time ramp up her understanding and skills.
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kidkorea wrote:
we talk a lot about introductory games on our site (littlemeeples dot com) and instagram (@littlemeeples). I find that the My First and Junior versions of games are pretty good. Karuba Jr, My First Stone Age, My First Castle Panic.

I came here to link this very blog. I'll save kidkorea the gaucheness of plugging his own posts since I have the tabs open already.

The Best Introductory Board Games for ages 5-6
Introduction Board Games for ages 7-9

I like Monza more than my 6-year-old does. cry
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Basic starting point for games as far as I am concerned:

Crazy 8's - to learn how to hold cards, count and pay attention to what's happening ahead of them in the game.

Trouble (pop o'matic) - To learn patience and mercy. Those times you get stuck not being able to get on the board, and you have to be a good sport while everyone else pulls ahead. And those times when you just keep getting bitch slapped back to the beginning cause you keep getting jumped. Also has elements of being careful who you lay vengeance on, as it will often come back to you! There's been a few tears on this game (both from my daughter and from me when I was her age).

When they get a bit older, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Backgammon. All bring some elements of tactics, strategy and hand management.

The other key thing, is that I NEVER let kids win at games. If they win, they win based on their own merit. If they lose, they learn to accept it and not dwell on something not going there way. My daughter knows that if she beat me, that I tried my best! I think that it makes a victory sweeter, knowing that it was earned. There are also too many participation ribbons given out to kids now in my opinion. There are no prizes for second place. My daughter love to win, and can take a loss without being bitter about it. Mission successful!
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I've been playing with my 6 years old The Color Monster
Great to kids deal with their emotions.
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Based on my kids game history, now aged nearly 8 and 11, here are their most played at those ages:

Age 5 - Russelbande & Spot It
Age 6 - Tsuro & Minecraft Card Game
Age 7 - Fairy Tale & King of Tokyo

Some others that they loved this age but didn't make it into the most played were - Emerald, Battleball and Kids of Carcassonne.
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My daughter loves Korrigans. She learnt the mechanics when she was 4 and now (6 and a half) she presents a proper challenge and regularly wins with no allowances being made.
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Just ordered this! Looking forward to trying it with my 4 & 7 year olds.

tryp09 wrote:
I recommend trying out the new

Zombie Kidz Evolution

It's a coop legacy game for kids! So much fun for a simple game. My four year old and seven year old are possessed with it. Only game they love to play when it is just the two of them.
 
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