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Board gaming as an educational resource. (Lots of pics)

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Our family is HUGE on board gaming.  It is a part of our daily lives.  We started gaming in May and my husband and myself have over 120 game plays since then so far!  Our daughter also loves to play.  We started her off with Catan: Junior.  At first it was difficult for her to think about her moves ahead of time and grasp how she should play (she knew what to do but not how the best way to go about doing it was).  Since then her gaming background has grown.  Along with this her critical thinking and problem solving skills grew a LOT.  

What does she play? Olivia plays: Catan: Junior, Lord of the Ring (kids version by eagle games), Sleeping Queens, Carcassonne, Enchanted Forest, Hey! That's my fish, Snail pace race, Agricola (which is not a kid game), King of Tokyo, Ticket to Ride, Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Dungeon!, and more I can't think of now.  She also loves trying to learn to play chess on her nook.  

We don't play your typical commercial board games (no monopoly, sorry, or trouble).  We like to play strategy games that make you think and plan ahead.  I plan on incorperating board gaming into our daughter's education and using it as an alternate educational resource. 

I just thought I would share if anyone was interested in game suggestions for kids let me know!  

Oh and on another note, I don't pay much attention to "manufacture suggested age" for the games.  Some of the games Our 4 1/2 year old plays are rated for 10 and up and she understands to play them just fine.  Sleeping Queens for example is rated for 8 and up but it is a SUPER easy card game to play for kids (even adults too). 

Catan: Junior

Carcassonne the Discovery (below)

Forbidden Island (below)

Agricola (below)


And....King of Tokyo :) 

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by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:12 AM
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by Gold Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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My girls LOVE playing games.  We have mostly classics like Skip Bo, Phase 10, Battleship (the classic version no batteries), Scrabble, Life, Chess, Checkers and a TON of others.  We are planning to buy a Monopoly game today as we heard on the news last night they are removing the jail feature.  I want a classic version, not the newer stuff.

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM
I love it! I want to like board games, but I just can't make myself. I never have liked them.
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by Julia on Jul. 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM
My 5 yr old plays it. He got 'no stress chess' for his bday

Quoting armygirl16:

I'm getting my daughter a beginner chess set for her birthday next month.  She has been trying so hard to beat the computer on her nook (but the computer is rediculously good).  Olivia has boggle junior as well, which got her interested in spelling EVERYTHING lol.  I am also getting her "math dice' for her birthday.  

Quoting Precious333:

Cute! My kids are almost 7, 5, almost 3, we have several math games, word games, and classics. Thier new favorites are checkers, chess, uno and war :)

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

 great pictures! i started my kids on board games like risk, statego(sp), chess,  thinking games also when very young! wow they sure have a lot of other kinds now days!


by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Have you ever tried any "euro games" or just standards like monopoly, life, sorry...etc? After my husband and I started gaming (with the non standard games) he said he would never play monopoly or life again lol. There is a lot more out there than your standard roll and move "race to the finish" type games.

Quoting Boobah:

I love it! I want to like board games, but I just can't make myself. I never have liked them.
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Some of those look great and I am going to have to get some to play with my son.  He loves board games and I do as well.  We play a lot of card games and we are both into strategy games on the computer so these sound awesome for us.

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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 I think board games & video games as well as good educational videos & programming are great tools for learning!

by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM
we play Supermaster Mind, Dragon (Italian card game) , Gipf, Wildcraft, and Kings in the corner, Casino and have started her on Munchkin & mah-johg.

Gipf is, unfortunately, only the first level. we only have the first gamin the stores.
and cannot find the others in the store. mah-johg is a bit of a pain. needing four players and i must admit i cannot recall more than seven winning combinations for the western rules. i keep getting my pongs and hongs mixed up as well. i need to buy a cheat sheet.
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

You guys should try Dominion, it's pretty cool.  Killer Bunnies is fun too.  We pretty much have all the games you guys have and all of us enjoy strategy games a lot too.

by Platinum Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I like it!

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