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Subject: Geeky board Game ideas for 5 year old? rss

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Alewurm Ahlquist
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Hi everyone! I have been a long time board gamer and have only just found out about this wonderful site! I am the daddy of a 4 (turning 5 in 2 months) year old very bright little girl who loves board games just like me and her mom do. What I am looking for is a game that she can play that is in the "geeky" type board game realm.

We have tried a few "Jr" games and a few 6+ games and they are just a tiny bit much for her to grasp just yet. Games like Catan JR and TTR First Years are games we really think will be good for her in just about a year, but not quite yet.

She loves games currently like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Labyrinth and even Slamwich. So, are there any games that I have to go to a specialty shop (or order online) that are just a little more basic that you would recommend?

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your response!
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Brett Nuske
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Maybe check out some games published by Haba (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/384/haba-haberma...). A couple of games our kids enjoy are Animal Upon Animal and Monza.
 
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Alewurm Ahlquist
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Thank you so much for the recommends! These look GREAT for her!
 
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King of Tokyo was a huge hit with my niece when she was five. Her favorite part was collecting energy and spending it to get an extra head!

Also Loopin' Louie or Loopin Chewie are great.
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Rebecca Jensen
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Sounds like a great time to try Pengoloo. At first glance it is "just" a memory game, but it has a good twist that will keep even adults on their toes. Plus, kids can be competitive at memory games, which evens the playing field a bit.

Pattern recognition is something else to explore, like Pick-a-Dog.

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Rebecca Jensen
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*note: I might alter the rules with Pick-a-dog and make it not a speed game.
 
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Krawhitham B
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junkmonsta wrote:
Maybe check out some games published by Haba (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/384/haba-haberma...). A couple of games our kids enjoy are Animal Upon Animal and Monza.


+1 for Animal Upon Animal

I'd also suggest Rhino Hero from Haba.
 
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Violet Mackerel
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SET Junior was popular around our house at that age. We just switched to the "harder" side of the board around age 5, and eventually will segue to regular SET.

Edited to add -- ah, I think I was thinking more along the lines of "nerdy," not "geeky."
 
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Sarah
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My little one loves board games toobut not so much the typical ones or dexterity and our favourites that I found she coped well with the following harder ones when turned five (although you may want to look at vids to see play as depends on her strengths);

Karuba
Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale - much more understandable version for younger ones
King of Tokyo - we just told her the cards that were out
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
River Dragons
Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
Incan Gold
The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet - she loves this

Sometimes, the strategy is a bit beyond her a first but she enjoyed them and she soon picks it up by watching us

Other favourites are
captain carcass version of Dead Man's Draw
Loony Quest
Whoowasit?
Celestia
Best Treehouse Ever
Birds of a Feather
Crossing
Dixit
Midnight Party
Terror in Meeple City - pin to set up
The Siblings Trouble

About six months later, she loved and still loves The Downfall of Pompeii - she's not so in love with the first part but loves the second part so much that she's happy to persevere lol!
 
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Virginia M.P.
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I recommend these board games:
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Junior Labyrinth
My First Carcassonne
Spooky Stairs
Viva Topo!
Woolfy
(co-op)
Max (co-op - I blinged my copy with Littlest Pet Shop animals and accessories)

I don't have Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters but have heard great things about this co-op game (for when she's older).

ETA - I've also heard positive things about The Enchanted Tower, and I recommend looking at HABA games as well.

ETAA - Oh and this new co-op game looks wonderful as well - Leo.
 
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James Arias
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These worked for us (some OOP)
Zingo!
Escape from Atlantis
Dungeon!
Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs
A-Maze-ing Labyrinth
 
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Killer Rollz
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My 6 yr old daughter really loves games like 7 Dragons, Ticket to Ride, Formula D (basic rules) and dice rollers like Dungeon Roll. Might be something to try. Also Escape: Curse of the Temple with an extended time window perhaps for little players...

Seven Dragons
Formula D
Dungeon Roll
Escape: Curse of the Temple
Ticket To Ride
 
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I've been trying to get my two boys (6 and 4 years old) into gaming and have had some success in getting them interested in my 'geeky' games. Although they still really enjoy a game of mouse trap or hungry, hungry hippos. I've found that cooperative games seem to be a bit of a hit with them. Some other games I modify the rules a little to remove the complex parts

Some particular ones they enjoy are:

Mmm!
Ticket to ride We play it with the route cards and hands of train cards open.
Labyrinth JR
Carcassone Although we drop the farmers rules
Push a monster
Forbidden island
The mysterious dragon cave

I've been recording my attempts to get my boys and my wife involved in gaming in my blog, there may be some more ideas in there as I record our attempts.
 
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Stephanie L
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You gotten some great suggestions so far.

Enchanted Forest and Sleeping Queens are a couple of must-haves, in my opinion. Have fun!
 
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Brian
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My 5-year-old daughter loves Outfoxed. A great co-op about discovering the identity of the fox who stole the pot pie!
 
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Mason Kirksey
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Check out the Iello tales and games series. Three Little Pigs and Hare & Tortoise were big hits at that age for us. I haven't played the latest, but I am confident they're worth looking at too. Look at Doodle Quest and Hey! That's My Fish too.
 
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Mason Kirksey
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Deathstroke wrote:
My 5-year-old daughter loves Outfoxed. A great co-op about discovering the identity of the fox who stole the pot pie!

+1 for Outfoxed.
 
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Dan Winnowski
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My 4 1/2 year old likes The Enchanted Tower the best of all the kids games I've introduced so that's my recommendation.
 
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Andrew Kluck
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I have a six year old girl and these have been hits:

Crossing
Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs
My First Carcassonne
Siam
 
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Evan
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I have a six year old boy and a four-year old girl.

The boy likes a bunch of games, but Jamaica and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game are his two main "go to's". For her, she really only gravitates to one game, Qwirkle. My son also likes to play Qwirkle too.

Some games that have caught my eye in recent days that I think the kids will enjoy, but I haven't tried yet, are...

Kodama: The Tree Spirits
Dream Home
and Best Treehouse Ever
 
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Jeff Johnson
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For what it's worth, here's the top-ranked games for 5 and under:

Blokus
Loopin' Louie
Rhino Hero
Animal Upon Animal
Blokus Duo
Gulo Gulo
My First Carcassonne
Ribbit
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Click Clack Lumberjack
 
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Nik Macmillan
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I'm going to throw Uno into the mix.

Not sure how to link to games... here goes nothing,

UNO
 
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