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What's the best family game for a 5 & 9 year old

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pineappleeyes Sun 20-Nov-16 19:43:36

Im wanting a new board game for us to play on Christmas day & beyond. Dc are 9 & 5. Game also needs to be suitable for adults. I've been looking at labyrinth & family trivial pursuit. But Im not sure they will be suitable for a 5 year old. Does anyone have any recommendations?

MrsHathaway Sun 20-Nov-16 19:46:55

Not a board game exactly because we haven't had success with those, but my 5 & 8 like Uno which is also good for adults. 5 sometimes needs a bit of a nudge but he's getting there.

SisterViktorine Sun 20-Nov-16 19:51:39

Plyt- you can all play at your own level and keep changing it to keep it interesting.

I take it you have Jnr Monopoly and the other standards? Frustration?

libertydoddle Sun 20-Nov-16 19:54:15

My 5 year old enjoys snakes and ladders. Not a board game but Jenga is a great family game.

nennyrainbow Sun 20-Nov-16 19:55:56

Junior scrabble if the 5 yo is up to it. Or junior pictionary. Or charades ( not a board game but you can get the pack of charades cards which have a picture on instead of the word so good for early readers).

pineappleeyes Sun 20-Nov-16 20:04:19

Yes sister we have the usuals.
Thanks for the suggestions I'll check them all out. Keep the suggestions coming smile

TheDuckSaysMoo Sun 20-Nov-16 20:06:20

Dobble - it's quite quick though

Ringonrighthand Sun 20-Nov-16 20:08:25

5 second rule!

I've just bought dobble for my 5 year old for Christmas smile

DramaInPyjamas Sun 20-Nov-16 20:14:36

Don't Say It.
The object of the game is to describe the word on the card without saying certain words. We bought it years ago at Xmas and still play it.

Or similar, Yes/No - the object of that is... To not say yes or no! grin

IAmAPaleontologist Sun 20-Nov-16 20:17:05

My 4 year old is a dab hand at proper grown up Carcassone.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sun 20-Nov-16 20:23:08

Just played both jenga and snakes and ladders with my two today (6 and 8) - their choice and we lasted an hour and they're usually the fiddly can't sit down types. Some of the Lego board games are meant to be good although some are more difficult than others.

MakeItStopNeville Sun 20-Nov-16 20:23:51

Apples for apples

beardedladydragon Sun 20-Nov-16 23:48:26

Another one for Dobble. We all play, even dd who will be 4 next week. It gets quite competitive though!

Meeep Mon 21-Nov-16 00:01:07

Watching out of interest!

NannyPhlegm Mon 21-Nov-16 00:16:01

5 Second Rule

When we play more complicated board games (Cluedo, Risk etc), the 5-yr-old is teamed with one of the adults so she feels part of the game without feeling frustrated or inadequate.

Finola1step Mon 21-Nov-16 00:18:31

Another vote for Carcassone. 5 year old prefers the junior version.

Parkourbench Mon 21-Nov-16 00:21:38

Snakes and ladders
Simple Card games like 'Go fish'

endoftheworldasweknowit Mon 21-Nov-16 07:22:32

Labyrinth is awesome for that age group (mine are 5 and 7), my 5yo loves it, there's suggestions on how to change the rules to make it a bit easier for them. Have bought dobble too and eyeing up sushi go for this year.

Cucumber5 Mon 21-Nov-16 07:25:03


Cucumber5 Mon 21-Nov-16 07:25:22

Or labyrinth

OnchaoFerngrass Mon 21-Nov-16 07:28:46

We have the HABA Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge which my two like.

BikeRunSki Mon 21-Nov-16 07:33:06

My 2 are 5&8. They can play Dobble for hours, even with their 16 year old cousin. It's a great cross-generational game. My little can keep up.

CozumelFox Mon 21-Nov-16 16:36:43

We're big fans of City of Zombies smile I think there are ways to make it a little harder for the adults/9 year old, but it's maths basically, so you can be as complex or simple as you wish.

SugarMiceInTheRain Mon 21-Nov-16 16:43:02

Fluxx board game is good (we got it after our boys enjoyed the Fluxx card game so much). My boys also enjoy Labyrinth. If anything like mine, they may well enjoy a cooperative game like Forbidden Island, where you're all on the same team so you can help/ advise the younger one if (s)he is unsure.

themymble Mon 21-Nov-16 16:47:36

My 5 and 9 year old love a card game called love letter. It's simple, but really fun and we often play it once they're in bed!

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