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Nathan D
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Hello everyone! I have a 5y/o daughter who really wants to join in on board games. Issue is besides candy land I really dont know any. What would be your most recommended games for that age range that would be a good intro into board gaming.
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There are a thousand threads like this, most recently... http://boardgamegeek.com/article/15694127#15694127
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Great age to join in games!

A game I enjoyed playing with my boys when they were younger was Quicksand. A simple roll and move but quite fun as your adventurer sinks and rises into or out of quick sand as the game plays out.

The version I am suggesting dates from 1989, (There appear to be other more complex games with the same name), features very fun segmented players "men" which appear to sink as they go deeper. Often appearing as nothing more than a hat.

It's fun, quick and easy to play. Though it may be out of print, you likely can find affordable copies on eBay I'm sure.

Quicksand
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And don't forget that if she's seen you playing, with a little coaching (and perhaps some house rules) she could likely join you. Our daughter was joining in Dominion, Ticket to Ride, and others around that age (maybe plus a year or so, but not much). She couldn't play that well, needed a little help reading at times, and tended to dance around the table quite a bit when it wasn't her turn, but she could play.

Games she really enjoyed - things closer to age-appropriate. Monopoly Jr, Clue Jr, things that were tactile/memory oriented, Guess Who - all were games she'd choose when given the chance. I guess it depends on what your daughter likes to play and what she gravitates towards. Look for those trends and go from there. (And as noted, there are quite a few threads around this concept out there. The Dice Tower podcast even did a Top 10 on games to play w/ children with Tom & Eric trying to look at it from the kid's point of view.)
 
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Co-operative games can also work well for including younger kids.

My six-year-old will happily join in on games of Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, Castle Panic, Justice League: Axis of Villains, or even Flash Point (though since the last Kickstarter he always wants to play as the dog).
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Dexterity games often play to kids strengths.
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My boys started with games like Go Away Monster by Gamewright. Check out the games published by Haba also.

Dexterity games like Villa Paletti, Sorry! Sliders, and PitchCar are also fun games to play when children are involved.

Other than those I had mentioned, here are some titles to check out:
Labyrinth
Forbidden Island (co-op)
Kids of Carcassonne
Hive

But really, all kids are different. Some games will work, some won't. Good luck!
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There's a game out now called Robot Turtles. It's designed to sneakily teach kids the basics in computer programming logic (which directly leads to boardgame logic). Give it a look
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I would vouch for Robot Turtles. My 6 and 8 year old kids love it.
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sasigns wrote:
Hello everyone! I have a 5y/o daughter who really wants to join in on board games. Issue is besides candy land I really dont know any. What would be your most recommended games for that age range that would be a good intro into board gaming.


My daughter is 32 now. I can remember not wanting to play Hungry Hungry Hippos with her. Now I wish I could again...

The time went by so fast and now she is 800 miles away.
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My daughter is 5. She enjoys the following games which she can play with 30-40 year olds, with the following modifications:

Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix(she gets the car of her choice for $50,000)
Shadows Over Camelot(we do not let her be traitor)
10 Days in Africa (no modification)
PitchCar (she gets "forward progress" if she crashes)
This Big! (a kid's game the adults enjoy playing)
Cloud 9 (also fun for adults and kids)
Fruit Spy (adult game that she can handle)
Blink (if it's only 3 players)
Catan: Junior (simpler, but still playable for adults)
duck! duck! Go! and duck! duck! SAFARI!
Dwarves and Dice (no mods)
Wooly Bully (she likes playing but isn't competitive)
Hula Hippos (don't knock it till you've tried it...it's fun)
Gumball Rally (she knows how to win and my friends don't )
Sorry! Sliders (she's a pro!)
Straw

Generally, we'd rather play heavier games. But if we play with Anna, these are plenty good enough for a good time.

Pete (probably has more suggestions, but that's a good start)
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
There are a thousand threads like this, most recently... http://boardgamegeek.com/article/15694127#15694127
I don't know that these are the same, since THIS thread asks for a 5 year old who is joining a game night, which implies the additional requirement of making the adults who regularly play happy.

Pete (picks nits)
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Arkham Horror. The sooner she learns about what awaits her in the night, the better.
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sirchadofkent wrote:
Arkham Horror. The sooner she learns about what awaits her in the night, the better.


lol this wins!
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My 5 y/o likes Forbidden Island.
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We played PitchCar and Bingo with our 5-year old yesterday. Other games she likes are:

Zooloretto
Maskenball der Käfer
Gulo Gulo
Hoppe Reiter
Viva Topo!

and lately we bought a children's version of Rummikub with numbers up to ten. Then there are also games like Memory and Picture Dominoes.

We are also playing some of our games with her now and sometimes adapt them a bit.
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Carcassonne, my daughter was playing without farmers at 5 (though removing farmer rules was more for her 3 year old brother).

Helenoftroy wrote:
Hive

My 6 year old wants to learn that, but I assumed it'd be too difficult. I should try.
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Here are some of the games I played these with my son when he was 5:

Carcassonne (no farmers)
Labyrinth
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
Hey, That's My Fish!

He definitely needed some coaching for the first couple of play-throughs for all of these. He was also just learning to read at the time, so he needed extra help with a game like Legendary.

Even now, I tend to roll out rules incrementally. I never want him to feel so overwhelmed that he doesn't want to play the game at all. I also stop introducing rules if I feel like the added complexity would just frustrate him. For me, its not about playing the complete game... its more about enjoying the time I spend with my son.
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Anything by HABA. Search for them in Geeklist titles.
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Carcassonne (WITH farming)
Skyline (dice rolling, skyscraper building for points)
Tsuro
Amber (carcassonne light, but still a good game in it's own right)
Zombie Dice
Seven Dragons (domino like card laying game)
Incan Gold (with LOTS of "booty" references for laughs)
The Amazeing Labyrinth
Ticket To Ride
No Thanks
Ingenious
Pit
Goblins Drool Fairies Rule


I buy games for two reasons. 1: it'll get played at my weekly game night with the boys. 2: it'll get played with the family. I have some that work either way, and a few that work for both. These are the ones's off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are others in the group that I'm forgetting.
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My daughter (who just turned six) adores Zombie Dice, Love Letter and Forbiden Island. She enjoys Carcassonne, too, but it can lose her attention after a while.
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You can also find ways to include her in your game nights that don't involve playing on her own. For example, she could be in charge of rolling dice for everyone, or you could play as a team. Lots of games have some minor role which isn't really playing, but is necessary to make the game happen, like the banker in Monopoly (though that particular game wouldn't be my recommendation). You could let her do stuff like name the meeples and give them background stories.

There are lots of ways to include her which would keep the full complexity of some of the games I imagine the adults prefer from overwhelming her.
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My daughter just turned 5, here are the games she frequently picks on family game night:

King of Tokyo (She destroyed everyone the other night with some lucky rolling)
Sleeping Queens
Love Letter
Wits & Wagers Family
Takenoko
DC Comics Deck-Building Game
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My 5 year old son loves King of Tokyo. My daughter is now 8, but at 4 she learned Settlers of Catan and still likes that game a lot. She also learned Magic: The Gathering at 4 (needing help to read some cards), and plays that often now (it's her current favorite game).
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My 4 y/o loves :

Carcassonne
Takenoko
King of Tokyo (FAVORITE!)
Hey Thats My Fish
Catan Jr.
Rampage (minus the ridiculous scoring)
Sequences for kids
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