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sorry game

My boy loves board games. I was going to list his favorites, but it would take too long. We just got Sorry, the classic version. At first glance I doubted that my seven year old and especially my four year old could handle the potential slowness and disappointment of Sorry. It has been great fun! The slowness is balanced out by the excitement of moving Daddy’s player back to the start. The disappointment when Daddy gets back at you and sends you to start seems to be OK.

My favorite is the conversations I can slip in with my son while we play. He doesn’t reveal much when the focus of the activity is the conversation. But when distracted by a game all sorts of juicy stuff comes out.

What games do you recommend? What do you like to play with your kids? What should be wrapped and  under our tree in a couple weeks?

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  1. “He doesn’t reveal much when the focus of the activity is the conversation. But when distracted by a game all sorts of juicy stuff comes out.” Exactly! Game conversations are great even for grownups… all too often when Travis and I sit down “to talk”, the focus is on bills, chores, jobs, stresses, etc. Ugh. But pull out a board game and inevitably you end up with an hour of more playful, social talk, and who doesn’t need that?
    I can’t remember what games I may have recommended to you before Sarah, so forgive any duplicates. And please also forgive my over-enthusiasm; games are one of my favorite subjects, because everyone needs to PLAY! 🙂
    Some of our favorite games for younger (age 10 and below) kids are: Castle Keep, Gulo Gulo, Orchard (there’s even a great “First Orchard” toddler version!), Animal Upon Animal, Dancing Eggs, Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Rat-a-Tat Cat, and Loopin’ Louie (which we don’t own but gave to my niece…and I’ve wanted it ever since!). I’d give any of those as gifts (and have many times)!
    A whole-family/group game favorite is Pitch Car (worth the money, it’s so much fun across all age groups!) Werewolf is a classic too.
    For the age 10-to-adult crowd we like Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Forbidden Island and Small World. When it’s just Travis and I playing, we turn again and again to our 2-player favorites: Rummikub, Lost Cities and Battle Line. (Would love to play Carcassonne with him…but we never have that much time; it can be a long one!) Hope y’all enjoy many years and of beautiful family moments around a board game!

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