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Games I own, and how my 7-, 8- and 10-year-olds like them.
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A new user asked for advice on some games to buy their kids, so I figured I'd make a GeekList out of them instead of just listing them in the forum.

Some background on my kids:
The 7yo (girl) and 8yo (boy) tend to go for the lighter things. Anything that lasts too long bores them. My 10yo (boy) is my little gamer. I can get him to play a lot of stuff, and he loves going to the local gaming events.

I've sorted the list by BGG rank, not necessarily by my opinion of the game.

The unfortunate truth about games and kids is that 'Your Mileage will vary'. You never know from one kid to the next what's going to work. There are some games that went flat with my kids that work like gangbusters with others.

And, let me give my usual disclaimer: I freely state that some games work better with boys than girls, and vice versa. Since I have more boys than girls, and since my big gamer is a boy, I tend to focus on 'boy games'. If you find this offensive or obnoxious, please go complain to someone other than me. You won't change my opinion, and I'll just ignore you.
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51. Board Game: Hisss [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:6832]
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Zzz.... I guess this would be good if you had 3yos.
 
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52. Board Game: Squint Junior [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:7498]
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Just played this for the first time the other day. It was hard for my boys, but my girl really liked it. I'd maybe give this a thumbs up if I had more plays under my belt.
 
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53. Board Game: Frog Juice [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:7882]
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Is there a game here anywhere? Unless I'm missing something, this is one step above "War".
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54. Board Game: Outburst Junior [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:9492]
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Something about this game really annoys me. I think it's the oddball things they have on the list.
 
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55. Board Game: Vampire Hunter [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:10689]
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Gives you a headache, and the gimmick is the only thing to the game. If you find in a bargain bin pick it up and play it once a year.
 
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56. Board Game: In a Pickle [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:10925]
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My kids like this one. Causes some interesting conversations. I'd say it's possible with 3 players, but I suspect you need at least 4 to do it right.
 
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57. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.53 Overall Rank:10958]
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Ok... another mainstream game. I like Sorry. It's a simple roll and move, but it just works for me, and as I've said, sometimes you gotta play the mainstream stuff with your kids. Play the variant where each player start with one pawn out, and have three cards in your hand at a time.
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58. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.04 Overall Rank:10974]
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STEP AWAY FROM THE GAME!
yuk yuk yuk
 
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59. Board Game: Kids On Stage [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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Nice charades game for the pre-reading set. I'd say this is good for kids up to 8.
 
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60. Board Game: Smarty Party! Expansion Set Junior [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
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The younger kids as for this all the time. I wish the age range was more accurate. Many of the things that kids are expected to know they just don't know, so we end up pouring through the cards looking for one that'll work.
 
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