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    Dominion is a GREAT game. My 10yo DS also likes Settlers of Catan, Stratego, and Ticket to Ride.

    My 13yo likes Quelf. It's just about the only game she's willing to play.

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    And, you know, now that I think of it, I think I saw Catan at the Target last time I looked at the toy section.
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    About this time of year, Target quietly puts things on clearance in the toy department. I've picked up different things that way, like Cirkus (similar to Blockus but round.) we also have a few of the Lego Board Games which they enjoy.

    They're outgrowing these, but Headbanz, Guess Who?, Monopoly Jr. And Clue Jr. were popular.

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    Speaking of games, does anyone have some specific recommendations for word/language games for a 10-year-old who hates anything that involves competition? LOL. Trying to implement the Bravewriter lifestyle this year, including games, but DD does NOT like to compete. Basically anything with winning & losing is out. Some games probably lend themselves more to being adapted this way, but I'm a little bit at a loss.
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    Idk, my first thought was collaborative story telling - take turns saying a sentence. What are you trying to accomplish with the games?
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    We just got addicted to Catan - had to buy the expansion pack because on game day everyone wanted to play. We also have Castle Panic which is fun because you all work together, either you all lose (castle is destroyed by monsters) or you all win (at least one castle wall still standing when all the monsters have been slayed). Blokus is a favorite here and it teaches spatial reasoning and critical thinking.
    There's a good lewis and clark game - asks you trivia questions as you travel across the US and back. Quick pix geography was a hit with my old kid for awhile. But the math one wasn't much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbmamaz View Post
    What are you trying to accomplish with the games?
    Mainly to add some fun learning into our regular routine -- other subjects are great, too, but writing and language arts are the specific target re: Bravewriter.
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    DS really likes Munchkin. It's helped a lot of with reading, creating strategies, and keeping plans organized.

    We didn't introduce all the cards to him at once. If you get it, message me and I'll tell you how he we started.

    It's nice because the adults in the family like it too.
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    Ditto to the suggestions of SET, Catan, Blokus, and Gamewright games. Yahtzee is an easily found mainstream game that has good educational value.

    In addition to the Target clearance aisle which can be fantastic, you may want to try yard sales or thrift stores. We've found over the years that the majority of games look unplayed or very lightly used. If the rules are missing you can usually find them online or the kids can make up their own. I figure if we pay $1.50 for a game and we end up just playing it once we've gotten our entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mum View Post
    DS really likes Munchkin. It's helped a lot of with reading, creating strategies, and keeping plans organized.

    We didn't introduce all the cards to him at once. If you get it, message me and I'll tell you how he we started.

    It's nice because the adults in the family like it too.
    I'll check it out. Thanks!

    Looks like lots of good suggestions here. Going to do some investigating on Amazon.
    Connecticut mom homeschooling DD 13 & DD 6.

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