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nithos nithos

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Does anyone have any suggestions for good family games for younger kids (3 & 6)? Something that can be knocked out in under 30 minutes and my wife wouldn't classify as complex.

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Son(6):
- Heroes Unite
- Forbidden Island
- The aMAZEing Labyrinth
- Family Fluxx
- Apples To Apples
- Wits and Wagers

Daughter(3):
- Heroes Unite
- Hisss
- Feed The Kitty
- And being a total wild card in any of the other games being played
 
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Markus Hagenauer jr.
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I´d suggest Die kleinen Drachenritter.
 
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The Magic Labyrinth is a great memory game -- perfect for that age range.

Ubongo is also a lot of fun. Just play without the timer to let your kids finish their puzzles.

Tsuro is also great. My 6 year old daughter regularly beats adults at this game.
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Dixit with the entire family is an excellent game for people of all ages. It may be ever so slightly above the little one's limit, but worth it sooner or later as she grows up.

I would also suggest Sleeping Queens, though the adults will not enjoy it nearly as much as the kids, and again it might be slightly above the youngins ability.
 
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Gamewright has some great games for that age range. I'd recommend checking out:
Rat-a-Tat Cat: Award winning memory/push-your-luck game
Go Bananas!: Quick spot-the-match-and-slap-it game
Walter Wick Can You See What I See?: Simple game about about finding objects on chunky cardboard tiles
Take the Cake: Simple matching game about sprinkling toppings on cupcakes

Other great games for young ones would be:
Chicken Cha Cha Cha: Cool memory-related games with great components
Viva Topo!: Simple racing game with cute wooden components and some interesting push-your-luck decisions as your mice try to stay away from a hungry cat
 
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Spot It! is a great game for younger kids and Spot It! Jr. is probably better for the ages of your kids. The main mechanism is matching a symbol/picture on your card to one on the card in the center. There are 9 pictures on each card, but every card has only one picture in common with any other card (very clever). The games are quick (usually 2-10 minutes) and offer a variety of ways to play. Everything is picture oriented, so your youngest (depending on vocabulary) might be able to point to the matching symbols instead of saying the name of the matching objects. The ability to find a specific object among a group of objects is an important early cognitive skill, and will be well practiced with this game.

Coloretto might be a game that you can introduce, as it is based on collecting set of cards of the same color. The decisions are limited to drawing and placing a card or taking a pile. The scoring would be difficult for your little one, but you and mom can help her with that. This might be a good game to teach your daughter colors.
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nithos nithos

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Is there a timing element to Spot It? That's the impression that I got when I first glanced at the game at a local store.

The 3 year old is probably above average on the development side of thing, knows colors, letters and there sounds, decent vocabulary etc. The 6 year old on the other hand was tested as globally gifted, so it's hard to find that nice medium that both can play and everyone can enjoy.
 
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I would second Sleeping Queens

and also recommend:

Wildlife Safari

and

Water Lily
 
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nithos nithos

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mrblueesq wrote:

Tsuro is also great. My 6 year old daughter regularly beats adults at this game.
I have had this one on his Amazon wish list for over a year, no one seems to want to buy it for him. I might just have to break down and buy it. But my wife isn't a fan of The aMAZEing Labyrinth and this has a similar feel to it.
 
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nithos wrote:
Is there a timing element to Spot It? That's the impression that I got when I first glanced at the game at a local store.

The 3 year old is probably above average on the development side of thing, knows colors, letters and there sounds, decent vocabulary etc. The 6 year old on the other hand was tested as globally gifted, so it's hard to find that nice medium that both can play and everyone can enjoy.


The timing mechanism is that the first player to recognize the match of pictures between their card and the one in the center gets to take the card in the center and it becomes their new top card. This can be to the other players' advantage, as they are more familiar with the pictures on their cards than is the player who just received a new card. Play continues until the center stack is exhausted, then players count cards to determine a winner. Kids can be a little slow at first, but tend to pick up speed at this game much better than the adults do.
 
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I have one son, age 5. He's not very competitive and doesn't mind losing, but he absolutely loves taking me down a peg in any game. Here's what we play:

Castle Panic: Cooperative like Forbidden Island but with a fight-evil-creatures theme. My son loves the panic when monsters surround our castle!

Zombie Dice: Simple, no reading required, and fast-paced. Like his daddy, my boy has a thing for zombies.

Jungle Speed: Again, no reading and fast-paced. Be warned, though. My son loves to wrestle over the totem!

Battletech: Yes, Battletech. We usually don't get past the third turn, but my boy loves moving giant robots across the battlefield. Plus, we've had fun using playdoh to make buildings and terrain for the board.

Zombies!!!: Again, we love us some zombies. It has combat, we get to send zombies after each other, it's good fun.

Heroica: It's the rpg gateway game. Not very complex, though.

Loopin' Louie: Just re-released, it's our current favorite and surprisingly fun for a kids game.

Lastly, if they like Forbidden Island, you might want to try Pandemic. The rules are almost identical but the theme is much different.
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For the 3 year old - Haba Games!
Monza
Animal Upon Animal
Dancing Eggs
Der schwarze Pirat
and if they ever do a reprint - Gulo Gulo.

For the 6 year old.
Get Bit!
King of Tokyo
Carcassonne
Formula D
Can't Stop
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nithos nithos

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Thanks for all the suggestions, I have added several to my wish list.

Actually found Heroica: Nathuz on clearance today, seems like something the 6yo might enjoy.
 
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GUBS

Easy card game. Nice tin box. A 6 year old can easily play this. Cute and great looking artwork.


 
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nithos wrote:
mrblueesq wrote:
Tsuro is also great. My 6 year old daughter regularly beats adults at this game.

I have had this one on his Amazon wish list for over a year, no one seems to want to buy it for him. I might just have to break down and buy it. But my wife isn't a fan of The aMAZEing Labyrinth and this has a similar feel to it.

They're completely different.
 
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nithos nithos

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Ended up picking up both Take The Cake and Sleeping Queens at B&N with the $10 off $20 in games coupon. Both games ran around $11.
 
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GUBS !!! (Have played this a couple of times a day since we got it at Christmas... adults playing with young children, everyone enjoying it. And nobody minds when they lose... it's that kind of game.)
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