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Knowing i'm a geek my sister asked what would be some good games for her 7-10 year olds. My kids are less than one and so our games usually consist of rapid movements and bright rattly components! Still I had a go and this is what I came up with.
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1. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1067]
Andrew Rae
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Wellington
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This is knizia at his dice rolling best. The BBQ worms bring the theme down a couple of level and the game is effectionately called worms in our household. Plenty here to keep everyone entertained.
 
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2. Board Game: Pick Picknic [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1433]
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The same birds that were eating worms are back and are trying to eat corn this time. Each player has five cards and can play birds to eat corn or foxes to eat birds. Everyone plays a card simultaneously and then the fun ensues as cards are reveled.
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3. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
Andrew Rae
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More bright colours, and plenty of strategic challenge. Heck I played this with my mates last night, and can easily play with the young ones. Sure I'll beat them everytime which isn't true of either of the previous two options, but surely that can only last so long!
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
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We're starting to get a little heavier now and starting to enter the gateway of euro games. This is a great entry. I may never may Carc again but they will certainly enjoy hours of fun.
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5. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1472]
Andrew Rae
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Now we are talking about serious games. Knowing they could grasp Chess but probably weren't that intersted in black and white pieces I suggested red and ggrey instead! Khet has a lazer, and what kids fdon't like games with lazers. Seriously this is brilliant and a wee bit novel.
 
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Actually as it turns out they already own this one after playing it with us at christmas. It helps that they are living in Chicago and know the map quite well now.
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7. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:120]
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The box says 8+ while the recommendation says 6+. THey are bright kids and will have no problems I imagine. Apparently the boys at the oldests school are playing. All these gives me great hope that he will one day embrace euro's like my other nieces and nephews. The platform is set for gaming in my old age! Now if I can just convert my kids ....
 
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8. Board Game: Micro Mutants: Evolution [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2078]
Tom Volpe
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Both my sons (5 & 9 year olds) LOVE this game. Tiddly Winks on steroids!
 
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9. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:660]
Tom Volpe
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Evanston
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My 5 year old may be a bit young for this but my 9 year old loves to play Qwirkle. This is a great game to play with both kids and adults.
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10. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:334]
Tom Volpe
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If the kids are boys then this will be a big hit. Not the most friendly game but fun.
 
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11. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2785]
Tom Volpe
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Both my sons (5 & 9) like this game and have been asking to play it. It is a memory game so the kids usually have the upper hand over adults.
 
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12. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1484]
Tom Volpe
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This is a great (and easy to find (Target, Toys R Us, etc.) dexterity game that my kids enjoy.
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13. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:670]
Tom Volpe
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This game is fun to play with both kids and adults. Cute penguins. Nasty tactics.
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14. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14282]
Dan
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I credit this and my dad's insistence on playing it at ages 6-10 for my higher order deductive reasoning.

I remember hating the process though...
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15. Board Game: Monopoly Express [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6908]
Jae
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It's Can't Stop for thinking people.
 
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