Board games for kids ages 10

The Best Board Games for Preschoolers

Looking for a boredom buster? Wait! Before you turn on the TV, think about another box ... the board game!

You may not realize it, but we are knee-deep in the middle of a nationwide endeavor. From September 1st through December 31st, families from coast to coast are doing their part in the 7th annual Million Minute Family Challenge. It's a game-palooza, a national effort to bring family, neighbors, and friends together through the power of board games. The goal? One million minutes of game playing, my friend.

Whether it's a midnight round of Monopoly or Saturday Scrabble, you can add your minutes to the total at Even the littlest family members can help!

For those of you who just can't bear to stare another minute at that well-worn copy of Chutes and Ladders or that box of Candyland missing half its pieces, we've got a few games up our sleeve that may have slipped past your radar. Here are five absolutely fantastic games for preschoolers that may not be in your closet yet:

Feed the Kitty (2-5 players, ages 4+) It's lunchtime for kitty. And each of the players is trying to protect their rodents from ending up in her little green bowl. This is a fast-paced dice game that requires no reading. Plus, with playing time a mere 15 minutes, it's the perfect length for shorter attention spans, yet still helps reinforce the importance of patience. The game comes with two custom dice, 20 wooden mice, and a plastic bowl (meow!) Roll an arrow and pass one mouse to the player at your left. Roll a snoring cat and count yourself lucky. But roll a picture of a bowl and your mouse is about to get munched- it's lunch time for kitty! Whoever manages to hold on to the last mice, wins. This game is major fun for preschoolers and kinders and gives them practice with light counting, following instructions, and taking turns. They'll love the fact that "whoever has the shortest pinkie gets to go first". * * * (Gamewright, $11.99)

Hisss (2-5 players, ages 4+) It sounds simple enough: build the most snakes from a stack of severed snake cards (some heads, some tails, and some middles). Here's how it works: the whole pile of tiles are fanned out on the floor and players take turns picking a card and trying to match it to a piece with the same color. If there's no match available, they can start a new snake and the player with the most snakes in the snake pit when the game ends, wins. While the game doesn't seem tremendously educational on the surface, it does get kids practicing pattern recognition, color matching, thinking ahead... even logic. Plus, with the typical snake slithering far across the floor before completion, they'll even get in a little exercise as they stretch out, trying to make a match. * * (Gamewright, $9.99)


Gaming For Kids - 25 hour game-a-thon

by ExtraLifeSVMHS

Gamers can help raise funds for Children's Miracle Network at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Register at and collect donations from your family and friends to support your LOCAL CMN Program. Select CA-Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital as your hospital of choice, and all of the money you raise will stay local. Challenge your friends and family to sponsor you at $1 an hour for the full 25 hours.
On November 2nd, game for 25 hours (we'll fall back with the clocks) in a gaming marathon. Play video games, board games, card games, ANY games. Think of Extra Life like a walk-a-thon for gamers... with no walking. :) Game where you are! Home, dorm, even on your phone. If you create a team, everyone can game together at one team member's house - make it fun.
Can't game on Nov. 2?...

Family strategy board game rec? Amazon sale.

by TooManyMiles

Amazon is having a sale on strategy board/card games. Anyone have any suggestions for a family of four. The kids are 11 and 16; they're pretty sharp (AP and honors classes and crap like that).
I'm thinking about picking Forbidden Island as the cooperative game. As a competitive game, I'm thinking either (both?) Resistance 2nd Edition or Dominion. Any suggestions on other games that would be better picks?
Criteria: Relatively easy to learn. Replayability. Game finish time in 40 minutes or less.

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What is a good family board game? For kids age 15 and 10?

Hello. I need to find a fun game....either a board game or DVD game that would be fun for 4 people..........2 adults and two kids.......15 year old boy and 10 year old girl. It's hard to find a game that appeals to everyone. We've played SceneIt Music DVD game. I'm open to either a board game or dvd game. Any suggestions and first-hand experience is great. Thanks!

How about KaBoink! This is a new fun ball bouncing board game. For ages 5 thru adult. Ping pong balls of different colors are bounced into a playing field of 3 games in one box and the box is part of the board game. You never played it, you never seen it. Because it is brand spankin new. Find it at EBAY or MYSPACE KABOINK GAME. You will not be disappointed, it has been tested for the past 2 yrs. Been under development for the past 7 yrs. Tired of the same winner over and over again? Master the bounce and you master the game!

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