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I was reading through this geeklist: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/164367/daddys-girl-turning... and thought that was a great idea, not only to give other gaming parents ideas of games to play with their kids, but also it will be fun to update it whenever new games are introduced and then look back at it later.

To encourage my daughters to stay away from video games and nobrainer TV, I tend to sit down and read a book or play a board game. I don't ask them to join me, but wait for them to come over and show some genuine interest. I try not to tell them a game is too difficult or complicated for them, if they want to play / mess around with a game, they're more than welcome. The main rule is though, that everyone who has been playing must help putting it back and it has to be done correctly. They're building up interest in games and respect for them (put them back nicely, don't throw a fit if they lose...).

But, here's my version of
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1. Board Game: Pick and Mix People [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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I believe this was the first game we played and I'm pretty sure we've had it since the older one was three. It has been played A LOT. They've also introduced their friends to it and that led to them wanting to see what else is in the games' closet.
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2. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1068]
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Ásdís Gréta was quick to pick up the strategy on this one. She usually playes safe, while I always have to make one more roll. Her strategy turns out much better than mine and she beats me more ofthen than not.
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3. Board Game: Connect Four [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:15308]
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Probably our most played game. If we start playing it, we usually don't stop until Ásdís Gréta beats me - and I don't lose intentionally, though I hint her now and then. Freyja Rakel doesn't play it with us, but prefers playing with her friends.
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4. Board Game: My First Carcassonne [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1190]
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This game is so simple, but still has enough strategy for grown ups to be able to enjoy playing it over and over. Ásdís Gréta plays to win but Freyja Rakel wants to build long roads. One of our favourites.
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I play this one solo a lot, so Ásdís Gréta wasn't tall when she first climbed into my lap and helped me out. But it was a little too complicated for her at that time, so instead I introduced her to:
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
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It's so much easier when the only things that must fit together are the roads. At first we'd just lay a puzzle to get her used to the features, then added meeples and finally the wall tiles. We both love this game, Freyja Rakel is starting to be interested in it and it is one of my favourite 2p games.
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7. Board Game: Small World Underground [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Ásdís Gréta saw me mess around with this game and told me she wanted to play. As my philosophy is not to tell them a game is too complicated, I told her to take a seat. I expedted I'd have to do everything for her, so it'd be like playing against myself. But she really surprised me. After the first introductory game she remembered the special powers we had used before and she was good at reading the map. It's been a while since we played it now, but I'll try to get in on the table when I get back home (I'm working overseas for a couple of months).
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8. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:859]
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Ásdís Gréta got this one for her 5th birthday, I believe. She fell in love with it right away and would ask her friends, me and even my friends to play whenever she thought there was a chance. Now, Freyja Rakel is 5 and they play it against each other and their friends but when they play with me, they usually ask for something else, probably because I don't let them win
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9. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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Ásdís Gréta doesn't really push her luck, so she almost never has a great run, but on the other hand she never has a failed round. But I win more often than not. Freyja Rakel doesn't like this one.
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10. Board Game: Jungle Speed: Rabbids [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4046]
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I got this game a cople of years back and I'm pretty sure more than half of the plays have been against my daughters. Ásdís Gréta is very good at it but Freyja Rakel is a sore loser. At the beginning she'd just pretend the goal was to collect all the cards and everyone was happy. Now she wants to beat us, but usually ends up getting frustrated. She likes playing it with her friends though and doesn't care who wins then.
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11. Board Game: Junior Labyrinth [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:8192]
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This game is too easy for Ásdís Gréta, but Freyja Rakel is still learning to read the map, so ÁG plays it with her and guides her the best she can. A great game to learn to read a map.
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12. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1428]
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Ásdís Gréta has motly moved up to this one and we enjoy a game from time to time.
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13. Board Game: Party & Co Disney [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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I really hate this game and try not to play with the girls. They love it despite not having seen that many Disney movies. Thankfully, their friends like it too, so they can play it with them.

They got it for Christmas last year.
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14. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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Ásdís Gréta doesn't really like this one, but I'm sure Freyja Rakel will soon be able to play it and like it, as she is a little monster herself.
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15. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked]
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This is actually not mine, but my brother's and
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owns it too, so it's at my house from time to time. While Ásdís Gréta is almost ready to play it with full rules, Freyja Rakel is nowhere close, as she's only 5. But they love taking it out of the box, building custom space ships and placing every single component on them. I'm pretty sure I'll have to purchase it, as I suspect
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and Sebastian don't like it when I let the girls play with it - they might lose a battery or a cargo cube.
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16. Board Game: Panic Tower! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:9567]
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Ásdís Gréta got this one for her birthday in August. She loves it, I love it and Freyja Rakel loves it. Ásdís Gréta is a smart girl, but her motorics are a little off, while Freyja Rakel has good motorics but tends to lack patience and take time to do things properly. So, I guess this is a great game for all of us.
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17. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2538]
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We also play a lot of traditional card games but I don't know the name of them all in English.

- Go Fish
- Thief
- ÓlsenÓlsen
- Rummy
- Idiot
- Kleppari

I recently got them a Gamewirght Little Hands card holder

so now they're fit to play games that require holding a bunch of cards.
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18. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:205] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I'm hoping to get this game soon. I'm certain it's a great game to play with kids.
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19. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Now that I've got the girls Little Hands Card Holders, it's time for TtR. This Christmas season I'll introduce them to the actual gameplay. They've messed around with the game a lot, building lines of traines and stuff, so they're familiar with it.

Edit: I tried playing this with them around Christmas, but they weren't in the mood. I'm pretty sure the older one can easily handle this though.
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20. Board Game: Dixit: Journey [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:361] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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I tought the girls Dixit a couple days before Christmas. Ásdís Gréta has been teaching her cousins all during Christmas and New Years.

She has gained a deeper understanding of a few games lately, because I've let/made her teach them to her friends and cousins, instead of me doing it.
 
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