Fun for my five and seven year old daughters (and and their dad)
Lawrence Lopez
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As a single dad, I look for many ways to entertain my little girls (5 and 7 years old). Board and card games are great... but I truly hate games of the Candyland/Chutes and Ladders type. So... here are some hits at my home: games that I can enjoy with my little girls.
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5138]
Lawrence Lopez
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They both love this one... it's fun, but repetative. Still, games tend to be close and competition fierce!
 
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2. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:947]
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GuloGulo was an addiction for the girls last Christmas, and still is for the little one. It's fun for a group. Even the grown-ups enjoyed it.
 
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3. Board Game: SeaNochle [Average Rating:3.86 Unranked]
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My older daughter is crazy about mermaids. I am crazy about Pinochle. Seanochle was the best way to introduce her to one of my favorite games. Yes... it's a little different, and the cards are strange (for me), but - hey! - she LOVES it. And it's Pinochle! Still, I do have a tough time explaining what the Queen of Shells is doing with the Jack of Starfish.
 
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4. Board Game: The Reef [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:6657]
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They both love watching the baby fishies. They're both fierce about getting the mommies and daddies. And... they hate it when I use the "mean" shark to chase everybody away! This one has paid for itself.
 
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5. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Ok... Cartagena is alot like Candyland. SUPER-Candyland. As such, they love it (my older daughter, especially). It's a great game for adults, too. We play the Jamaica version (obviously - for the kids), and they've even compared it to "Leapfrog," and really enjoy it. It's not my personal favorite...
 
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6. Board Game: Galloping Pigs [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6273]
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Oh, this one is fun for all three of us... and Grandma, too!
 
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7. Board Game: The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:15268]
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Whatever it is: the story, the dragon, the big mountain or the colorful pebbles... they LOVE it! I HATE it!
 
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne: The River [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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What can I say?? Excellent for all!! And... my seven-year-old is addicted!
 
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9. Board Game: Heave Ho! [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2956]
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We call them Seven-Up barrels instead of whiskey barrels, but this is still old-fashioned TUG OF WAR!!! The big one plays the game, the little one narrates as we go. It's hilarious!
 
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10. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1278]
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This one has done wonders for my daughters' creativity. Storytelling is great... competition can be nasty, and they play alot. Must be something good...
 
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11. Board Game: The Yeti Slalom [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:14991]
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Well... they're six and eight now (very recentl)... and they really like this game. It's fun and short. The randomness makes the game fun, especially for the kids. We make it more fun by really yelling when the dice roll. It's been worth the $$ for our family.
 
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