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Mal Ross
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My niece is 7 years old, has a seriously short attention span and gets well huffy if she's not in with a chance of winning when playing games. I really want to help her develop her attention span and engage her brain a little more while having fun. Does anyone know of any games that her parents, grandparents and myself might be able to play with her?

I'm guessing they'll need to involve a sizable element of luck to avoid the adults winning all the time. Also, they need to be short enough to stop her getting bored. I'd welcome any advice at all, as I really can't face buying another Barbie doll this Christmas...!

Cheers,

Mal.
 
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I'm thinking that Carcassonne can be a good idea, my 7 YO likes it. Maybe also A Dog's Life, however, the game says 12 and up, but my 5 YO likes to play as well, but kids with attention deficits may find too much down time.

I can't think of anything else at this time, but there are others that would fit the requirements.
 
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My kids (8 and 9) like Hey, That's My Fish!very much. Not really a kids game, but very simple rules and very short playing time.
 
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You want Gulo Gulo. Kids have a good chance of winning because small fingers help.
 
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Take a look at Gulo Gulo. It has been a big hit with my 5 and 3 year old children and it is a game that they can win even when the adults are trying.
 
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Sue Hemberger

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Ubongo. It's in quick spurts, easily handicapped, and the kind of game that some kids will naturally be better at than many adults. Of course if she doesn't like timers or has no aptitude for spatial relationships, this wouldn't be a good choice.

Circus Flohcati is another possibility. My daughter loved it at that age and it'd be reasonably fun for the adults as well.

 
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I would definitely second the suggestions of Hey, That's My Fish! and Gulo Gulo.

Also, have a look at Walk the Dogs.


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Through the Desert, Ticket to Ride, Bohnanza, Gulo Gulo, Blokus, Pick Picknic, Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix, and Alhambra have worked well with my 7 yo daughter. All of these games are relatively short, they don't required scoring until the end, and are fairly non-confrontational. My kids always enjoy Crokinole. Hey! That's My Fish! has kind of failed with my 7 and 5 yo kids lately, the theme is cute but the play is very confrontational.
 
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Not sure if this applies.. but..

Try a detox too. From sugar and junk food I mean. (No artificial sweeteners either, they do more damage!)

After a few days you may see a serious behavioral change.

--Steve
 
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Harlan Rosenthal
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Cartagena.

Frank's Zoo.

I've posted comments on both regarding playing with our son when he was younger, and whatever friends of his were around as well.
 
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Mike Windsor
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I'll cast another vote for Gulo Gulo. Kids really can beat grown ups. Ticket to Ride might be an easy game that they can grow into.
 
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I'd throw in Fish Eat Fish. Our 3 year-old requests this nightly. Plays fast. Since there is bluffing involved anyone can win. Our 6 year-old has no probem winning on occasion. Besides, colorful plastic fish and a starfish statue -- how can you go wrong?!?
 
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I understand Gulo Gulo as a game recommendation for a mixed-age group when the youngest is 3-5, but when the youngest is 7? I like dexterity games, but at that age you can play better ones.

I'd prefer Piranha, Maus nach Haus, Loopin Louie, or Willy Waschbar at that age (and I'm limiting options to something in the Barbie doll price range -- otherwise Crokinole, Hamsterrolle, and Palazzo Paletti would be great options.)
 
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I have been playing O Zoo Le Mio
 
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I second the recommendations of Gulo Gulo and Carcassonne, but I think it would also be helpful for you to take a look at a great new resource created by fellower BGGer Mark Christiansen (cull), it's a website devoted to kids games: http://www.kidgameratings.com/
 
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Try Sleeping Queens, and Rat a tat cat,
Sleeping queens is fairly random but some light stratagy. My 7 year old wins as often as I do.
Rat a tat cat might be a great game for your situation. Essentually you play 2 of 4 ( easy version ) or all 4 cards face down, and try to get the lowest total in your hand. Somewhat more random, but easy to adjust by having more cards face down in your hand.



 
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Your niece sounds a lot like my 7 year old daughter. My daughter is bright and likes games, but is also a twitchy kid who can't sit still for long (15 minutes is a long time). She really hates losing, and gets rather upset when she thinks that she is.

I asked my daughter what her favorite games were. Here is a list of games that work for her and for us and why:


Fairy Tale (the basic game): My daughter says that this is her number one favorite game. Short playing time. Pretty pictures of baby dragons and fairies. It is a drafting game, so we can pass her the cards that we know she likes. Bonus - she learned how to multiply in her head.

All Wound Up - This is her second favorite. It has funny wind up Zombies and lots of action to watch, even when it is not your turn. You don't sit still when you are playing, because you have to get up to position your Zombie. We handicap it by making sure our daughter gets the Zombie that walks straight.

California - This is her third favorite. It flies in the face of all reason that this would be in her top three. It has a longish playing time and she rarely wins. She likes it because it is like playing doll house and "you get gifts" (one form of victory points). She also likes the cute pets you can buy.

Capt'n Clever - It has cute boats and pretty treasures. The playing time can be shortened by changing the number of treasures you need to get to win. You can also handicap the game by requiring the adults to get more treasures than the the children need in order to win.

Pick Picknic - Simultaneous play, so you don't have to wait your turn. Putting out the feed cubes after each round is fun. Cute pictures.




 
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As mentioned, Gulo Gulo is a big hit with kids, but the best reaction I've ever gotten out of kids is Carabande/Pitch Car. It works well across generations and with non-gamers, too. Kids do well because they're lower to the table and can line up the shots well.
 
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As already stated a few times, but I'll say the same...Gulo Gulo is a winner. My 5 year old wins most of the time and I'm not letting him win....
 
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I'd go with Transamerica over Ticket to Ride for a 7 year old.

My kids also like Ingenious - in fact my 5 year old beat the 7 year old, myself and my husband yesterday.

Tsuro is nice, you don't really get a chance to feel like "I'm losing" because it generally happens quite quickly that you're out of the game. Both my kids like it.

 
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I have a couple of sons, and my youngest loves Labyrinth. He can win without me having to play a, er, less than optimal game, which is much more satisfying for us both. We all love Ticket to Ride: Märklin. It is a great game for stripping out additional complexity depending on who you are playing with, and my youngest quickly grasped the matching cards / laying tracks mechanic.
 
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With 5 & 7 year olds Gulo Gulo was a big hit, but Diamant is the all time fav.
 
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Ahoy has been popular with my kids ages 7 & 5. It's basically a twist on the standard flip-and-find memory card game, with some nice Euro bits to boot. You also might want to consider some simple spatial reasoning games, like Cathedral or Rumis.

If you want games for 4+ people, try For Sale. It plays in 20 min or less and kids get into buying the higher value properties.
 
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swaits wrote:
Not sure if this applies.. but..

Try a detox too. From sugar and junk food I mean. (No artificial sweeteners either, they do more damage!)

After a few days you may see a serious behavioral change.

--Steve


Perhaps you have more information that I'm unaware of but after many studies there's absolutely no evidence that sugar causes hyperactivity. The idea of a sugar hi is really a myth.
 
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My 8 year old girl and 5 year old boy like x-bugs quite a bit.

It's a lot of fun. Carcassone H&G is fun also.

Jeff
 
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