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Steve Eby
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Looking for ideas of games to play with elementary age students at lunchtime. Looking for ideas of games that are quick to teach to that age as well as inexpensive to buy.
 
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Tony C
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What is your time limit for playing?
Player count?
Any other criteria? (small footprint, pieces that can resist schmutz, etc)
Elementary first grade or elementary fourth grade?

I have Zombie Dice and Pairs in my car as the "waiting for our meal at a restaurant" games; my son and I got in a couple of games of Pairs last night waiting for pizza. (Admittedly the gambling similarity might not be appropriate, but it's a push your luck quick card game.) I would expect both could be played easily by elementary school students.

Maybe a version of Telestrations with pre-determined worlds that are within their knowledge.
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Steve Eby
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Would need to play in about 15-20 minutes at most. Have K-5 so may need a variety.
 
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L B
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Dino Hunt Dice
Get Bit
Sushi Go
Love Letter (I'd suggest Adventure Time version)
Apples to Apples - Kids enjoy just the guessing part and silliness with no need to play a full game to ending points.
 
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Tony C
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Definitely agree with
Apples to Apples for this scenario. You could
probably pick up a copy for <5 bucks at a thrift store, and it can be very free form play.
Wits and Wagers Family can probably play in that length - or just play 5 questions, or till time runs out. Lower player count but could play teams.
Not sure if you have room for dexterity games, but kid should enjoy
Tok Tok Woodman/Click Clack Lumberjack and
Loopin' Louie. TTW/CCL could play in something like five minutes. It could be frustrating for real little ones though.
SET if you want to make it somewhat educational (discerning patterns, but maybe a little advanced for the littler ones.).

 
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Jill Reid
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Sleeping Queens card game by Gamewright. I led an afternoon game group for a year, and no matter what new exciting games I brought, this game was always picked first and played the entire time. (a real favorite of 1st graders, but even played by 2nd through 4th graders). Probably 10-20 minute game length.

City Square Off only a 2-player game, another Gamewright, but a hit with the kids and teachers. 5-10 minute game length, easily played by age 5 & up.

These were the 2 games that parents and teachers ended up asking me about and then buying for their homes.
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Those are some good suggestions. I am also thinking about Roll for It and Rhino Hero. Any other ideas?
 
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Kindergarten
Loopin' Louie
Rhino Hero
Animal Upon Animal
Blokus Duo

First Grade
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The Magic Labyrinth

Second Grade
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Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
Blokus 3D
Spot it!

Third Grade
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One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Sushi Go!
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
BANG! The Dice Game
Onitama

Fourth and Fifth Grade
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Coup
BattleCON: War of Indines
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Michael Hyland

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jill e gamer wrote:
Sleeping Queens card game by Gamewright. I led an afternoon game group for a year, and no matter what new exciting games I brought, this game was always picked first and played the entire time. (a real favorite of 1st graders, but even played by 2nd through 4th graders). Probably 10-20 minute game length.

City Square Off only a 2-player game, another Gamewright, but a hit with the kids and teachers. 5-10 minute game length, easily played by age 5 & up.

These were the 2 games that parents and teachers ended up asking me about and then buying for their homes.


Gr3 loves Sleeping Queens. It's the only card game that gets played and it's always out.
 
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