My kids' first top 10 list
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I have been introducing my kids to a number of games the last few years. Over dinner tonight, I asked the oldest what their favourite games were. This evolved into my 8 year old daughter writing up her top 25 and my 6 year old son giving me his top 10.

After they made the lists, I asked them why they liked each game. Here are the results (top 10 only for each child).

My 3 year old also made an attempt, but he only ended up with a top 3:
3. "Shooting people with guns, with water" - oh, right, water gun fight. That's not a boardgame!
2. Bible Rummy
1. Choco
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#10 - 6 yr old son

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#10 - 8 yr old daughter

"When people roll the number you're on, you get that type of resource. And you can buy cards, and build cities, and roll 7 to move the thief and block people."
 
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#9 - 6 yr old son

"There are 2 lucky cards that give you 2 points, and the first person to 10 points wins. The largest army is a luck one, and you have to have luck on it. And the longest road, you have to have 5 roads."
 
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#9 - 8 yr old daughter

"You can get points for collecting beans. And you can buy a 3rd bean field which gives you more points, but costs points."
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#8 - 6 yr old son

"You can get the monastery and surround it to get 9 points. If you have so big a castle you'll win, but other people might not help you with it."
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#8 - 8 yr old daughter

"You can choose what tiles you get in a certain order. And I choose the first tile 2 times in a row so then I can choose the best tile."
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#7 - 6 yr old son

"You can defeat the baddie, even the Flying Dutchman. But they get harder and harder, so that's a hard one."
 
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#7 - 8 yr old daughter

"You can choose how many dice and which cards you're gonna get. And you can get the hard cards that give you more icons."
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#6 - 6 yr old son

"There are really good tiles, like the 3 crown, but only one person can get it. And even zero crowns."
 
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#6 - 8 yr old daughter

"You can build the kingdom together and score more points for the shields. And you can help others build."
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#5 - 6 yr old son

"There are pretty good cards, and the cards that give you the most points are the hardest to get."
 
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#5 - 8 yr old daughter

"You can upgrade your ship. And you can fight the legendary pirates, and especially the one you don't have to fight [cacafuego]."
 
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#4 - 6 yr old son

"Because it's more a game of luck, and you might land on a good space."
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#4 - 8 yr old daughter

"You can choose which numbers to take on the dice. And you can risk and bust. And I like busting for some reason. And I like stealing other people's tiles."
 
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#3 - 6 yr old son

"You can get protected from militias and other things that attack you. Adventurers let you get treasure from your deck. And you can buy heaps of stuff and choose what's in your deck."
 
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#3 - 8 yr old daughter

"Because it's a draft game and after 3 hands you know what's in the hands and can plan ahead and pass chopsticks to someone on the last card."
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#2 - 6 yr old son

"There might be 3 amulets in one spot and you might get them. You might be the person who discovers the treasure and you might be the person who gets all the treasure."
 
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#2 - 8 yr old daughter

"Because it's preparing you for the real world."
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#1 - 6 yr old son

"You get hard cards that give the best stuff. And I get those cards usually. And I got that card that gave the one happy face. And if I got the other card that gives a happy face, then I would only need to roll one happy face. And I'll tell you my secret, it's not how many dice you roll."
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#1 - 8 yr old daughter

"I like it because it's a game of thinking and not just random chance."
 
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Honorable mentions:

6 year old son:
Finding Dory matching game

8 year old daughter:
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23 Snakes and Ladders
22 Planks and Ladders (Bob the builder)
21 Snail's Pace Race
20 Tobago
19 Champions of Faith
18 Dominion
17 Minion Trouble
16 Finding Dory matching game
15 Tic Attack Toe
14 Phase 10
13 Formula D
12 Ticket to Ride
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