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Games We Love - 5+

We are a board game family. I love playing games, Morgan loves playing games, the kids love games. They are just such a great way to engage with them and each other. Finding games that are both engaging, fun, and developmentally appropriate can be a challenge. I am always on the hunt for new games that would be a good fit for my kids - especially as they get older. Today, I thought I would share a few of my favorites on my list for ages 5 and up. 

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At this age I like to have a mix of cooperative games (where you work together to solve a common problem) and competitive games (where there is a clear winner and loser.) I find that by the second plane of development (ages 6 to 12) that a lot of children really enjoy the competitive element of games and are really ready to explore the social rules around winning and losing. 

Here's a look at some games we use in our Montessori home with older kids. These fun activities keep kids busy and engaged.
Carcassonne - this is probably the most advanced game we play with Henry in theme since it does involve "war" but it's very benign. 8+ 
Uno - such a fun classic, can play independently around 5
Rivers, Roads, and Rails - this game takes a long time to win but the game play is very simple. Younger kids can play but it takes so long that they do have a harder time sticking with it. 5+ 
Guess Who - another classic, 5+ 
Fraction Formula - very simple and fun way to explore fractions involving some skill and some luck. Nora and Gus like playing with Henry but understanding of the skill of the game comes a bit later - 6+

Here's a look at some games we use in our Montessori home with older kids. These fun activities keep kids busy and engaged.
Outfoxed - really fun cooperative game (similar to a kid friendly Clue). Some logic, some luck. It does require a lot of memory so 5+
Chess - a classic again, we introduced at 7
Swish - a really fun game, made even more fun if you have a light table. The matches can be difficult and engaging even as an adult. 8+ 
Shadows in the Forest (we have this version) - this game has to be played in the dark (really dark) but it is a favorite winter time game for us. Challenging and cooperative, we like it as adults. Our version can take a long time and while game play is easy I'm increasing the age because it scares my younger kids. 8+ 
Yahtzee - another fun classic game. The younger kids love to roll but it has been 7+ before strategy and rules were understood. 

I have a few other games on my list that I would love to add for my bigger kids too. They include: 

Here's a look at some games we use in our Montessori home with older kids. These fun activities keep kids busy and engaged.

Here's a look at some games we use in our Montessori home with older kids. These fun activities keep kids busy and engaged.

What games do your older children like to play? 


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