Please recommend fun, fast games for pre-reading aged kids
David G.
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I'd love to find a game that's:
* Fun
* Quick (like 15-20 minutes)
* Able to be enjoyed by my 5- and 7-year-old. (If my 9-year-old would enjoy it, that's a plus.)
* Did I mention fun? It doesn't have to be side-splitting, breath-taking fun, but I'd like it to be something I actually can enjoy.

Note that I'm not necessarily requesting something fast-paced. Often times I find we have a few minutes before bed time, and I'd love to play a quick game with them.

The youngest is a girl, btw, the others boys.

PS - I'd like to reitterate that I'm looking for quick games. Under 20 minutes.

Thanks to all those that added to the list!
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