Games to play with my 5 yr old son
James Nicholls
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Hi I'm looking for suggestions for games to play with my son. His current favorites are Heroica, Pitch Car and Survive. We did have heroscape but my wife vetoed it, saying to was too geeky/violent. Any ideas?
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I'm thinking of getting this. How simple is the basic game?
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Another possiblity
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This is also a good choice.
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This might also classify as too geeky/violent, but it's so far from reality that it shouldn't be a problem I think. My boys (5 and 8) love it. In fact, almost every adult I play this with loves it too.

Some more suggestions based on what my 5-year-old actually plays with us:

Cartagena - Pirates!
Emerald - Dragons!
Meltdown 2020 - To the rescue!
Winner's Circle - Not a theme that instantly appeals to boys, but the game is fine and the screwage factor is good (let's block daddy's horse haha!)

And with a little help from a parent, he's also played Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride already (and did pretty well).
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He likes this
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He loves this
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Sure, if two adults playing this they can get all thinky about their moves, but without that overstrategizing, this is just "move and take" over and over until all the penguins are stranded on ice floes. Easily played by young kids. The penguins in the deluxe version are adorable.
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This game hits the table quite a bit at my house.

Originally, my 5 year old just wanted his mice to fall into the dungeon, but lately, he has been playing to win and doing really well at it.

I think it took a few games to understand using 4 actions, but not as long as I thought. Actually, it took my wife longer to grasp the concept.
 
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My kids love to play this game. The picture posted is my daughter Isidora when she was 4 years old!
 
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My 6 year old likes ticket to ride. He hasn't figured out how to maximize his points yet but the colour coding (he needs 4 red cards to make a red connection with 4 spaces, for instance) is easy for him to figure out.
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Simple enough to be played by a kid and be fun enough!
 
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In all seriousness, I think this game is great for teaching number skills. My son's gotten to the point that, on his own, he'll roll the four dice, pair them off AND state the totals of each pair. Very simple to learn, educational, AND he wins more often than I care to admit.

(For curious folks, I linked to a Session Report in the 'Comments' section.)
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I have this on order for me. Not sure how basic the basic game is. Its co-op and the little wooden firemen may swing it, but it may be a bit ambitious!
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Me and my Daughter love this one.
 
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