Race Games For Children (Age:3-7)
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Start Your Children Young With The Racing Excitment!!

I posted the manufacturer's suggested age where as some games have user suggested age a bit younger. Please add any if I missed any of your children's favorites.


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1. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:317]
Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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1994


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2. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:954]
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Can't leave this one off the list. My son has had a blast playing this since he was three.
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3. Board Game: Ribbit [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1351]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2004

Turtles are not always in a hurry, but even they get to be in a race to try and become the first turtle to get to the tasty salad at the other end of the field.

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4. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1429]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
Michigan
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1986


Player's move around the shifting tunnels of the labyrinth in a race to collect various treasures. Whoever collects all of their treasures first and returns to their home space wins!

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5. Board Game: Giro Galoppo [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2588]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2006

Mechanic is similar to "Ave Caesar".

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6. Board Game: Fireball Island [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2386]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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1986


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7. Board Game: Max [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3639]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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1986


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8. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5172]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2003

Players move from the Shire to Mount Doom, attempting to be the first hobbit to rid the world of the dark lord, Sauron.

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9. Board Game: Zapp Zerapp [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:4438]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2000

This is a very novel take on the old parlor game, Parcheesi or Sorry or even Trouble. Players are trying to get their pawns from their starting position around the board into the safe zone.

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10. Board Game: Worm Up! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4676]
Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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1994

A turn consists of all players secretly choosing on their dice the amount that they want to move. When the choices are simultaneously revealed, all players who chose the same number as someone else lose their movement for that turn.

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11. Board Game: Marrakesh [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:6191]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2002

An adventurous children's race game, with a tactical element and a variable game board. Good fun for adults too.

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12. Board Game: The Great Balloon Race [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:5519]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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1991

This is a light game -- lighter than air, one might even say -- in which each player starts the game with a card assigning a secret interest in three different balloons.

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13. Board Game: Hexen Rennen [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:6119]
 
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Kentwood
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2001

Each player races a team of 3 witches, trying to run them through a random obstacle course made up randomly each game out of 48 cardboard disks.

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14. Board Game: Monza [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1881]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2000

Players roll six dice on their turn, and move their car according to the colors shown on the dice.

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15. Board Game: The Piggyback Brigade [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5823]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2000

Piglet Racing!

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16. Board Game: Daddy Cool [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:8765]
Tony Rupp
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Burlington
Iowa
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A nice roll and move game.
 
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17. Board Game: Mäuse-Rallye [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:8201]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2001

A game of flicking mice around a race track, while avoiding falling in the holes.

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18. Board Game: Montgolfiere [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:6173]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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1992

Each player starts with an identical set of cards, chooses a random subset and adds one card each turn. The higher the card played, the more likely one is to move up, but there are other interesting plays such as grappling onto another balloon, using soporific gas on lower balloons or storms which defeat the leaders.

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19. Board Game: Gumball Rally [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:11184]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2007

Players use numbers and colors to better position themselves in the race: higher numbers pass lower numbers and a color passes the same color if that kart is ahead of them.

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20. Board Game: Funny Bunny [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:13875]
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Kentwood
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1999

The first player to get one of their bunnies to the top of the hill wins. Each turn players draw a card which either has them move one of their bunnies or rotate the carrot at the top of the board which will cause holes to open and close on the game board.

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21. Board Game: Junior Labyrinth [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:8081]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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1995

Junior Labyrinth is a maze like no other, with 12 different treasures to be had, and paths that shift with every turn.

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22. Board Game: Fantasy Forest [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:11152]
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"Each player is a young elf traveling through Fantasy Forest. In the middle of the forest is the Magic Mountain where Morley the Wizard lives. The first player to reach Morley's castle wins."

TSR game, designed by Michael Gray. No dice. I used to play this with my young kids, and we all enjoyed it.

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23. Board Game: Chuck-It Chicken! [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:13695]
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This is a 3 dimensional race game. Another strong roll and (choose which chicken to) move game. Comes with specialty dice. This is definitely the gateway game to (and probably a better game than) Fireball Island.

I enjoyed playing this game with a 4 year old boy who played this for hours at a time.

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24. Board Game: Savannah Café [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:12297]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Each player manages 3 animals: a lion, a gazelle and an hippopotamus. The goal is to move one animal so that it reaches the bar at the top of the board.

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25. Board Game: 3D Labyrinth [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:14363]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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2002

This is a super-simplified version of The aMAZEing Labyrinth for the really young.

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