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Ever since I got into BGG and board games, my daughter has been an active participant in the gaming activities at home. Check this list out about her

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

Now my 5 year old son, Sushanth had been watching all this from the sidelines. He would protest about not being able to participate. His eyes would swell up with tears everytime a new game was opened at home. So I started getting games for him. The with help from a few geeklists I played other games with him. I think in another few months he should be able to play more games. But this is about how I got him more involved.

Before I go further, I must tell you, that he is at his best behaviour when I teach a new game, especially ones which he cannot play! He listens carefully to the rules, memorises the components as they r pointed out, and even understands some of the rules. It is because he cannot yet read, (children start reading in India only after they complete 6 yrs in schools) is the problem.

An interesting sidelight - My daughter considers herself too adult to play these 'childish' games with her kid brother!
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1. Board Game: Coco Crazy [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:14039]
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This was the first game I got for him last year. He was very excited when he saw it. Finally a game that he could play! He understood the game quickly, and also learnt to cheat! That was the tough part for us, to control him. He also introduced some of his buddies to the game, got his grandparents involved and then got tired of it soon.
 
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2. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:937]
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The sight of the monster coming was most thrilling for him. He also enjoyed building up the monster. Of course he understood the game perfectly.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I slowly tried to introduce this. He responded well the first time, without the farmer rule though. But he is reluctant to play it again. Now that I have Hunters & Gatherers I should try again.
 
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4. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:869]
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He knows the game, plays it with a bit of help, but does not enjoy it too much. Me and the missus enjoy it more though!
 
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5. Board Game: Ribbit [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1385]
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This was a goog good addition to our collection. Sushanth really enjoyed it, and played it a lot. Even now after more than 8 months he does not mind taking it out once in a while.
 
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6. Board Game: Skip-Bo [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:15845]
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A simple game that he know and helps in making up the numbers. He is very conscious about the number of games he can play vis a vis his siter. So these games help.
 
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7. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15920]
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One of his favorite games, mostly because he wins a lot of times.
 
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8. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:494]
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He knows how the game is played. Does not understand the scoring so much. But his eyes light up when he sees the +2 or the wild card and immediately grabs them!
 
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9. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1565]
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He plays this well and goes for the good luck tile strongly!
 
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:130] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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We play with just long routes. I have to show him the places he has to connect. He goes about it linearly. When I block him, he wants to block me immediately! He also looks for alternate routes now.
 
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11. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:443]
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No area enclosure rules, But otherwise he plays a good game and even wins a couple of times! He is the only one who simulates the theme with background sounds when he has to place his camel rider!!
 
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12. Board Game: Tutankhamen [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3121]
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Good game, ideal for him, but the setup time just fraustrates him and he loses his patience.
 
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Understands and plays the game with help about the places (He cannot read!) But his comment - "Very boring game!"
 
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14. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6454]
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Loves the game and plays well and wins.
 
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15. Board Game: Maginor [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:13685]
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His latest favorite. He loves the game and plays it well. Needs a lot of help with decisions but he enjoys the game a lot.
 
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16. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:136]
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He stood by and listened to the game when I was teaching it. The next day he wanted to play it. I challenged him with a few rules and he answered correclty. so we played a game. He wanted to bid last on all the turns, because he thinks the others would outbid him! He wants the 13 sun, the highest numbered in 3 player games. He does not want disaster tiles. And finally he said "If Ra fights with Maginor who will win?!?" I said I don't know but I get the drift - I have to introduce him to wargames now!
 
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17. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:718]
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He is very very good at this, plays it often and targets his mom mostly becos he wants his dad to win u see!
 
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