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Seeking Game Suggestions
My future in-laws like to play board games, and we are looking for a good family game to get the oldest child. She is 10, and her brother is 7. I know lots of folks who read this like games, so perhaps you have some suggestions?

Right now the family's game of choice is Blokus, which is actually a lot of fun, but they have it already!
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ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: November 30th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was that age I was really into Monopoly. Cranium JR would be a good one. Both kids and adults like Apples to Apples too.
operatic From: operatic Date: December 2nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another vote for Monopoly.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: November 30th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I would suggest:

Thurn and Taxis
Tsuro
Ticket to Ride

jennlk From: jennlk Date: November 30th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
My mother got Gobblet for the 'grandkids game cupboard', and it was a great hit.

We played a lot of chinese checkers and Aggravation (sort of a cross between Sorry and Parcheesi) when my sis and I were in that age range. Apples to Apples Jr might be easier for the littles to grasp the concept, but it may not matter.
matt_arnold From: matt_arnold Date: November 30th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
For that age group, I can wholeheartedly recommend Carcassonne and "Hey, That's My Fish!"
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: November 30th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you think, another year for Dominion?
matt_arnold From: matt_arnold Date: November 30th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the specific kids, their reading level, and their exposure to games and following instructions. My niece started playing Dominion when she was five. It's not necessarily a matter of "which games present the best mix of simplicity and strategic challenge", because not all children want those objectives. Some kids just want to play with pretty game equipment and interact with someone else. It's more a matter of "which games are a sure-thing no matter which kids". Hey That's My Fish is such a game.
cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: November 30th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Not a board game, but so far I've had amazing luck sharing the "Wild Wool" LEGO game with folks of all ages. (Particularly adults and kids in the 8ish range.)

http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=3845
From: tonycaselli Date: November 30th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cranium Jr. is a fun one, I think the age works! We also play Sorry, and there is a fun UNO game that has a card dispenser that shoots random amounts of cards out at you which makes the kids laugh every time!
geekjul From: geekjul Date: November 30th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
We play board games in my family too. Blockus is a big favorite. We also play Catchphrase, Cranium, Scene It (requires a DVD player and TV), Apples to Apples, In a Pickle, and Mexican Train (dominoes). Our favorites tend to be classics like Sorry!, Monopoly, Boggle, Scrabble, Trouble, Life, Yahtzee, Jenga and Payday.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: November 30th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Strip Poker is definitely not appropriate.
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: November 30th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apples to Apples or Rummicub
eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: November 30th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen this?
http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Board_Game_Gift_Guide_2010

I'm surprised no one has suggested Settlers of Catan yet. That's a gateway board game for most of us diehard boardgamers.
anderale From: anderale Date: December 1st, 2010 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
In a Pickle is a card game, but it is fun and easy enough for the kiddos to play.
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