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    Zuzu, Rory's Story Cubes would work. Also, any of the word building tile games (Scrabble, Appleletters, Bananagrams, etc) -- just don't bother scoring them.

    I love Munchkin; it's an amusing card game based on Dungeons and Dragons.

    We just got Sumoku. Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I'm hoping it will give us a way to practice our times tables that is more fun than Math War or Times Tables Bingo.

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    We love Munchkin too, but I haven't tried it with my early reader. That's a good idea.

    Farrar mentioned Dixit, which is on Amazon's gold box deal today, plus a few others - but I'm not really familiar with them all.
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    Oh my. That's a GREAT deal for Dix It! It's usually really expensive.

    Zuzu, I second some of the things others have mentioned for adding games to language arts...

    * Dix It - best played in a large group, but you get to make up a sort of caption to the different pictures, which are fun to discuss and explore, is competitive, but losers can be more appreciated, kind of like in Apples to Apples, so there's less of a feeling of competition
    * Story Cubes - encourages story telling
    * You've Been Sentenced - you draw cards to make grammatically correct (but totally weird) sentences
    * Bananagrams - you could just play the regular game but modify the rules to play differently - that's what we do - also look at the Banangrams for Kids puzzle book, which is a fun way to play with the tiles without it being competitive
    * Quiddler - card game about building words
    * Mad Libs - for parts of speech and coming up with interesting words

    I'd love to hear any other suggestions too. I also have been wanting us to do more language games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivebend View Post
    We love Munchkin too, but I haven't tried it with my early reader. That's a good idea.
    At first we took out the higher numbered monsters and the class cards and any cards related to class. We only played to Five.

    It made the game simple enough to follow. After he got used to the game and didn't have to read every card over and over, we added in the rest of the cards and he loved it.
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    Ooh, thanks for the Amazon link! I never look at those specials.

    Thanks for the suggestions, Farrar. We have Story Cubes. Just ordered You've Been Sentenced and the Scattergories card game.
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    We still play a lot of Life, Monopoly, Checkers, Scrabble and card games (rummy, spades/euchre).

    I actually use Life (modified) as a therapeutic intervention for children to get them thinking about possibilities and future goals. It helps them develop a better understanding of the thinking and behaviors required to achieve goals.
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    We are a games loving family! We have so many games and I buy more all the time. LOL. Here's a list of the games we play, by subject: Language Arts: Word Fish (Nintendo DS) and Apples to Apples.(We use to have lots of LA Bingo games, synonyms, homonyms, punctuation, Etc, but the boys found them very boring). History: Professor Noggins: Ancient Civilizations, Computer: Age of Empires, Age on Mythology, Titan's Quest, Sims Medieval, Civilization (also available for XBOX 360), Geography: (Wii) National Geographic Challenge, Board Games: Geo Bingo, Game of the states, Passport to culture, Name that country, Bioviva. Computer: Carmen Sandiego. Math: (Nintendo Ds) Math Blasters, Other Math Games: Milk cap, Yahtzee hands down, Math War, Monopoly, Monopoly Deal, Dominoes, UNO. Science: Wild Animalopoly, Professor Noggins: Human Body. Other : My Spanish Coach (PSP), Composers card game, Artists go fish games.

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    My kids love
    UNO
    Blockus
    trouble
    dominoes
    Space Checkers (we got this at target as a Christmas gift)
    Farkle
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    battle ship

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    Reviving an old thread: first, because I a question about a specific game; second, because it's getting to be that gift-buying season again, and thought it would be a good thread to resurrect.

    My question: does anyone play Passport to Culture? Tori mentioned it in post #27, but I don't think she is hanging around anymore, as this thread is three years old and she only has two posts. I want to work in more geography into our schedule. While most of that will focus on political boundaries, I thought this might be one good way to get in the cultural aspects, especially if it allows a person to see regional culture.

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    I am not familiar with that game and we use lots of games. It looks like it could be interesting though. I might consider it.

    For geography I have

    Where in the U.S. is Carmen Sandiego? (out-of-production)
    National Geographic Global Pursuit (out-of-production)
    On Assignment with National Geographic (out-of-production)
    Scrambled States of America
    Ticket to Ride we have the U.S. edition, but there are ones for other countries India, Europe, Nordic countries, Africa. But they are separate games, so quite an investment to see the world.

    I checked out the Professor Noggin's games, which cover a huge number of topics, but they look mind-numbingly boring. They are simply trivia cards. No real game. If one use the cards and created a Trivial Pursuit type game, I could see it. I have even thought about modifying Risk to have global trivia. You take over the world with your knowledge about the world type of thing.

    The reason I have so many out-of-production games is that I haunt the thrift stores on a regular basis. Our local thrift stores frequently sell games for 60 each. At under a dollar, I can modify them to modernize the information. Also it provides a great history lesson to the changing borders.
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