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Legendary Uno. Its card game. Description from BGG: Players race to empty their hands and catch opposing players with cards left in theirs, which score points. In turns, players attempt to play a card by matching its color, number, or word to the topmost card on the discard pile. If unable to play, players draw a card from the draw pile, ...
Ticket to ride is good balance to play with children and parents. Only from 8 though.
Give Scotland Yard a shot. Scotland Yard a great game where one person is Mr. X, a fugitive from the law, and the other players team up as detectives. Mr. X takes various modes of public transportation to move stealthily around the city of London, and it's up to the detectives to figure out where he is and capture him. This is a great game of deduction ...
Mastermind - It's only playable by two people at a time (and one of them will have to be you), but my mom got it for me when I was about 7 or 8 and I loved it. In fact, I still have it and even broke it out again the other night. It's challenging, educational, and it's a game that makes kids think, but can be just as rewarding for adults.
Carcassonne is great with kids. Not too complicated, and they learn to divide their attention between long term and short term goals.
I would recommend Creationary. Especially if the kids already enjoy LEGOs. The game works very similar to Pictionary, but instead of drawing an image for others to guess, you build it with LEGO pieces. The rules allow for a lot of flexibility and also promote the use of other LEGOs to be used to build your creations. It's very fun for adults, but I can ...
Battleship is a ease to setup and play.
My 8 year old daughter has really enjoyed playing the Fluxx games.
Tsuro is simple and easy to follow. It also plays fairly quickly and requires very minimal setup. The game can play anywhere from 2-8 people, useful if you need a game to play with a group of kids. While the suggested age is 8 and up, the users on BoardGameGeek have suggested it for 6 and up.
Some of my (7yo) son's and my favorites: Go : A 2-player strategy game with a built-in handicapping system. Within the first week or so, my little guy was able to hold his own with the greatest handicap applied to him, so it kept things fun for both of us. Rummy : A traditional card game played with a single deck. While not intensive strategy-wise, there ...
Waterworks This game is very fun from 8 to 80 years old. It's like a domino game.
Set should be a challenging game for all of you. You lay out a number of cards with figures on them. The cards differ in the number, shape, color and shading of the figures on it. All players play concurrently trying to locate three cards where each attribute is either the same on all cards or different on all cards. The player who locates (and takes) the ...
The Game of Life could be good. Your kids should be able to follow what's going on in the game.
My personal favourite is Zooloretto. As you would expect from Rio Grande Games, it has a great board, good pieces and good gameplay. It is also very easy to learn, and because it is based on a Zoo, it keeps the interest of the kids. I have known kids of 7 and 8 playing this game, and in a few years time being introduced to the more adult games such as ...
You forfeit your turn. From the rules (3 separate places): You must bring all four of your pawns into HOME by exact count! If at any time you cannot move, you forfeit your turn. When moving along the outside track, you may not move your pawn forward beyond your own SAFETY ZONE entry. Also a note under the rules for the 11 card: ...
If you have enough people, Werewolf (a.k.a. Mafia or Assassin) makes a great party game - it often reveals exactly what your friends think you are capable of! The 'turns' are fairly quick, so it works well with large groups (in the dozens) - although you might want to limit the length of discussion/argument in between! It also has the added advantage of ...
I liked to play Concentration with my parents when I was a kid. It's entertaining and doesn't have complicated rules -- you just need to use your memory!
I loved Othello as a child. And still do.
Ludo is a race game that I played a lot in my early days. I missed it.
Here are four games that I would recommend for families: For the 6 and under group: Piggyback Brigade (Russelbande) Circus pigs that race through the fields on there days off. Easy to play, different every time and everyone can win (I mean, more than one person can win) Chuck-it Chicken (Kiki Ricky) A rooster is taking over the hen house, and it's up ...
We used to play Shadows Over Camelot with my son and his friends when he was younger. The cooperative nature of the game meant that giving advice was OK and that the kids weren't pitted against adults. We established a few house rules for kid games that allowed easier victories - the one I remember off the top of my head was that the first quest completed ...
I love Ubongo, even as an adult. Form tangram-like shapes, and collect shiny objects. What more do you want?
So, this is not really a board or card game, but I think it could be fun for you to do. At one of my friend's baby showers, they played this game where they removed the labels on a few jars of baby food. Then, each guest (that wanted to play) had a taste from each jar. The goal was to try and correctly guess the type of baby food in each jar. And, they gave ...
There are a lot ! If you are into pure strategy (like chess, you know)… You have: Chess (duh) Gipf project (6 games with similar strategies but not quite the same). Lots of games by Gigamic, like Quoridor, Quixo, Quarto, … A whole lot more of games! Most of strategy games are for 2 players. If you are willing to play on a more hasardeous and/or ...
I was going to say CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders, because as annoying as they are they are still a huge hit with my 4 year old. I am hoping that she will soon be old enough for Catan Junior! She already wants to play Catan with Mama.
How about Pictionary? I've played it with quite large teams (about 10 on each side) and it's a riot.
My kids are now sixteen and eight. They have been raised, steeped in board games. The first "real" game that my son was able to play with adults was Atilla. And the first one my daughter got was Settlers. In both cases, they were in that same 6-8 age-range that you're talking about. Those might be good ones to try for you.
Senku/Peg Solitaire is a good game to players of every age.
I have to admit I have not yet tried it but I have two children aged 6 at home and I just bought a copy of The Alley Cats on ebay hoping it will be the game we can play with them.
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