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Jesse Smith
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I run a program where kids (5-11) have about 15-20 minutes of free time as other kids arrive. We've been doing various stations like art, legos, foosball and the like.

A couple of weeks ago I introduced Gobblet Gobblers and it gained quick popularity.

What other games are there that could be played with a quick turnover (game ends in 5 minutes) but at the same time is simple enough to learn and complex enough to enjoy?
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Zombie Dice is a great game and my 6 year really likes it. If the theme is an issue, there is a Dino Hunt Dice version.
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Quoridor Kid

+ a few other Gigamic games
 
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Animal Upon Animal is great for all ages and quick. All the HABA - Habermaaß GmbH are good!

They seem a little "young" at first glance but are great
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Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs
 
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My kids (7 and 10) have always liked Rat-a-Tat Cat (although they have grown out of it a bit), and they have recently discovered and love The Magic Labyrinth. They also really enjoy Magical Athlete, but without the auction at the beginning. I find it really tedious, but I have fun rolling, moving, and foiling plans with super-powers...
 
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Turbo Rally Card Racing

When the nephews come over, I usually have this one on hand and you can remove and add some of the additional cards to make it easier or more complex.
 
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Click Clack Lumberjack - favorite for a while now. Great party game.

Coconuts - same company, and ridiculously fun.

Shake 'n Take - played this one with a friend and his 8yo daughter. Surprisingly good, and plays very fast.
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Though a little longer but insanely fun try King Of Tokyo. King of Tokyo Takes us about 15 minutes for ages 9 5 and 3.
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Bunny Bunny Moose Moose ?

They might be too young to have a great grasp of history, but I would have been all over Timeline: Events at that age.


Did you ever stop and realize that The Resistance: Avalon shares lineage with Heads Up 7 Up ? It's just less tactile and has a logical component to it.


There's a PnP PC version for Two Rooms and a Boom but it doesn't make much sense at all. I imagine that it would wind everyone up a little much though .

No Thanks! is short and sweet.
 
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Saboteur is a really great lil game, very easy to teach and fun to play. A game usually lasts 15-25 mins. Well worth checking out
 
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Batik is a very quick game -- a round can be played in under five minutes, including set up and clean up. I wouldn't exactly call Batik "complex", but it is interesting to see how the pieces fit together, especially because they sometimes bounce and settle in somewhat unexpected ways. It's like a game and a spatial puzzle all in one. It is lightly competitive and somehow very satisfying.

When I volunteered as a tutor, I used to bring games like Batik and ThinkFun's RushHour for the kids to play as a reward for working hard during our tutoring sessions. My elementary students were always very glad to play a few quick rounds of either of these games.
 
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Loopin' Louie if you don't mind the noise!

Unnamed Object works with that age and only takes about 5-10 mins to play, and even takes up to 8 players.
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Monza is a great little game, totally fits your bill.

And it's "Lego". Please please please America, it's "Lego" not "Legos"!
 
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Jesse Smith
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
Monza is a great little game, totally fits your bill.

And it's "Lego". Please please please America, it's "Lego" not "Legos"!


Wow, I had no idea that there was such debate. I suppose everything on the internet has people that will go to battle for it. (I'm not referring to your post as going to battle, I did a search for LEGO plural and saw all the flame wars.)

We're branching slightly off topic, but I see your point. However, it is not "Lego" it is "LEGO" and I suppose I should have said LEGO bricks in order to make the point that we were playing with the toys that they produce rather than the company itself...but that's the nice thing about language - I think everyone understood what I was saying.

While I understand a company's need to protect its trademark, the general use of Q-Tips rather than Q-Tip cotton swab, Kleenex rather than Kleenex tissues, and numerous other examples has lead us to the point of calling them Legos rather than LEGO building bricks. And, for the record, we only use LEGO bricks, the rest are far inferior.

So, thanks - I see your point and I hope you see mine as well.

Moving on....

Edit: to clarify about the "battle" comment.
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Pentago has always gone down well with my kids, plays quick, resets in seconds, 2 player only though
 
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multiple copies of Dino Hunt Dice
the Timeline series (educational!)
The Magic Labyrinth is fantastic and still has a pretty good price on Amazon.

Also kids love Space Dice
 
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