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Stefan T
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My local food bank is doing a "toy drive" for Christmas where they collect toys to give to deprived children from infancy to 12 years old. The vast majority of gifts seem to be cuddly toys. To give something different and something that could be of interest for the older kids, I would like to donate a few games. Do you have any recommendations for suitable, affordable games?
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Jill Reid
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I am thinking of doing this too. After my time volunteering playing board games with kids in a school, I think simple is best. Something easy enough to figure out on their own. The Gamewright card games are a hit with 1st-4th graders, especially Sleeping Queens and Too Many Monkeys. We have worn out one copy of Sleeping Queens, and they line up to play it every week, so now I take 2 copies.
Others that they pick up easily:
Blokus
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stefant wrote:
My local food bank is doing a "toy drive" for Christmas where they collect toys to give to deprived children from infancy to 12 years old. The vast majority of gifts seem to be cuddly toys. To give something different and something that could be of interest for the older kids, I would like to donate a few games. Do you have any recommendations for suitable, affordable games?
I have thought about going to charity shops and buying a few games they have for a pound or two.
 
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James C
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I have a 12 year old nephew that I was thinking about buying a game for and Age of War was what came to mind. Maybe the theme (barely there) is a bad choice though? Just say no to violence! Perhaps Zooloretto: The Dice Game or Animal Upon Animal?
 
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'm doing something similar this xmas and I've just added Sleeping Queens. Cheers.
 
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Stefan T
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jill e gamer wrote:
I am thinking of doing this too. After my time volunteering playing board games with kids in a school, I think simple is best. Something easy enough to figure out on their own. The Gamewright card games are a hit with 1st-4th graders, especially Sleeping Queens and Too Many Monkeys. We have worn out one copy of Sleeping Queens, and they line up to play it every week, so now I take 2 copies.
Others that they pick up easily:
Blokus
City Square Off
Battle Sheep


Thank you, that is valuable advice since you know these work with children. You are probably right that the children would have to figure the games out on their own. I plan to buy Sleeping Queens and Too Many Monkeys.
 
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Stefan T
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slatersteven wrote:
I have thought about going to charity shops and buying a few games they have for a pound or two.


That would mean more games for the pound, but although they do accept used stuff if it is in good condition, I want to give new things.
 
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SuperGLS wrote:
I have a 12 year old nephew that I was thinking about buying a game for and Age of War was what came to mind. Maybe the theme (barely there) is a bad choice though? Just say no to violence! Perhaps Zooloretto: The Dice Game or Animal Upon Animal?


Animal Upon Animal is a good suggestion although I think I would have to order it from Germany and it is a little expensive for me. I really like Zooloretto the Dice Game so I might throw that in.
 
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Good on you.

Fun and inexpensive (at least in Canada/US)

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Hey, That's My Fish!
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Zombie Dice, Love Letter, and Sushi Go are games that should all be readily available, affordable, and something the older kids can play now and continue to play for quite a while.
 
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Stefan T
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Thank you for the recommendations. They can be of interest also to others. Hey That's My Fish looked good but I decided to order a few copies of Sleeping Queens.
 
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