Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #48

13 Games for Children

This last year was "the year of the board games". Zaya and Mim now have 12 board games, and the thirteenth is one they've played, but I can't find to purchase.





1. Hi, Ho Cherry-O - Mim calls this Ho, Hi Cherry-O, but the idea is the same. The kids love picking the "fruit" off of the little trees and filling up their baskets.




2. Candyland - The old classic. They want to play it, a lot, but are young enough that Mommy has to play too. Yeah.




3. Twister - They're both too young to play this the real way, so I just tell them what color they should find. They think it's pretty exciting.




4. Color Dominoes - These are some dominoes with simple pictures instead of dots. The kids get the idea of how to play dominoes without having to count or multiply by five.




5. Busy Bugs - This is a Discovery Toys game that both Zaya and Mim love to play with. It comes with several cards with pattern and matching challanges, but the kids use the little rubber bugs for imaginative play. For instance, last night Mim made Aaron some gravy covered bugs with blueberries and chocolate.




6. Operation - This is similar to the traditional Operation, but with a few different games and a special timer. It's all incorporated in a white plastic "medical" case. The dexterity required is a little much for my kids, but they like to try anyway.




7. Let's Go Fishin' - Another classic. Mim especially loves this one, and does pretty well at it, really. I remember a friend who had this game when I was little, and it seemed magical at the time.




8. Roll and Play - Also by Discovery Toys, this game involves a large cushy dice and some colored cards. You roll the dice and take a card of the color shown. Each card has an activity to pretend. Some examples are: brush your teeth, hug your mommy, eat a sandwich, read a book etc.




9. Memory - I make this game easy enough for Mim by using only 4 to 6 pairs. She loves it, and so does Zaya.




10. Hanging Monkeys - Our youth pastor's wife brought this for Zaya after he had his tonsils out. It's a very cute little game, and it helps develop fine motor skills. This picture is actually a slightly different game than the one we have, but very similar.




11. Wild Woods - This Discovery Toys game teaches kids to use a dice and move around a board with very little other difficult ideas. It uses bright colors and the kids like to play... for about half the game. Then they get a little bored.




12. Trouble - Mostly my kids just like to pop the bubble in the middle to make the dice move. They aren't quite ready for the "moving the pegs" part, but close.




13. - Flags of the World - I used to play this game at Grandma P's house when I was little, and it was possibly my all time favorite. My kids played it this last Christmas when we went to visit them. I would love to own a copy of it. Grandma offered me hers, but I feel so bad taking it because then all the other grandkids wouldn't get to play it. Anyone out there know where I could find it?

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31 comments:

aftergrace said...

We love to play board games at our house, too. One of the girl's favorites was Clue. I think they even make a Clue Jr. Now they're more into Scattagories, or Pictionary. I can barely compete!

Sue said...

I used to love playing board games with the kids when they were small :) My fave used to be Candy Land. Happy TT

Tink said...

Aaaah, Twister... brings back memories of a lot of fun!
My TT gives you 13 quotes by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Nicholas said...

Lots of fun there!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Candy Land and Dominos are the only two I've played. I love board games, but my husband doesn't. Oh well. Have a great TT. :)

Morgan Leigh said...

Wow. That's a lot of board games, LOL. I think we have 2. And they are "grown up" ones like scrabble. :) Happy Thursday!

Attolia said...

The flag game is called Match II. I found a link describing it here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9369

Maybe you could try eBay or someplace similar.

Joyismygoal said...

Those are so fun lots of memories for me and lots for you to make we loved Guess who

The Happy Housewife said...

Great list, my kids love Busy Bugs. They play with the cards and without them as well.
Thanks for sharing.

The Flying Monkeys said...

Heres a link

http://theeducationstation.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=62

Nice List! Come boogie on down to my list!

Sandy Carlson said...

Classics, all! Hooray for the board game.

Have you tried Blokus? It's wonderful, too.

Cricket's Hearth said...

I had never seen Hanging Monkeys. Nice fun list.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Awesome games! We've moved a little beyond some of these, but board games rock. We love them over here.

Happy TT!

mommytoj said...

My son isn't into many board games yet. I loved Operation and Trouble when I was little.

MondaythroughSunday said...

I love board games! We get lots for Christmas and spend many hours Christmas day and the following week playing games together. Great list. We have most of them.

Miranda said...

I loved playing those games with my kids, when they were little.

Joyful Days said...

Board games are fun & I really enjoy it more now that they are getting older. Lots more games they can play. But Twister grows with them.

Buck Naked Politics said...

30-some years ago, I can remember plaing 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12. Memory lane!

SJ Reidhead said...

Can't help you with #13.

SJR
The Pink Flamingo
http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog

Ivan Girl said...

for a newbie mom, this is very helpful. =) thanks.

do visit my t13 here: http://ivan-ulrich.blogspot.com/2008/02/thursday-thirteen-26.html

xakara said...

Trouble and Operation were two of my favorite games as a child!

As an only child, any time I got to play games with others was always exciting. Your kids are lucky. :)

Happy TT

~X

Bloggers said...

Those are all such fun games and I cannot wait until my little one gets a little bit older so that we can play them/

Kat's Krackerbox said...

Candyland and Trouble are my favorites! Happy TT

Qtpies7 said...

Those look fun, and some bring back memories.

Ebay has a wanted or looking for list that you can list that you are looking for it.
I would also do periodic searches for it on ebay. There is also a website specifically for finding old games, but I can't remember what it is. I found it looking for Yahoo! Buckaroo!

Darla said...

We went through several of the travel-sized go-fishing games--my kids loved them, but they kept losing or breaking the fishing poles, or losing the little fish. The travel-sized ones are inexpensive, so they always conned grandma into buying them another. :)

Mercy's Maid said...

Some of those were childhood favorites of mine too. Good list!

YummY! said...

There was never any board game playing when I was a child. My hubby and I LOVE playing board games though so I'm sure when (if) we have kids of our own they'll have plenty of play time.

I still love operation though. -smile-

Natalie said...

The only one of those we have is number eight. Fun times at your house!

Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

I loved "go fishing" I had that when I was little! "guess who" was another personal favorite! Thanks for a trip down memory lane!

Crissybug said...

I love board games. Shawn not so much. He is a bad sport if he loses. That flag game seems cool.

I hope you guys are feeling better.

okay...I have to type 1 because Caden is dying to see it on the screen

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JAM said...

Lots and lots of "Operation" in my own childhood.

Hi Ho Cherry O was a favorite of both daughters. I have played it many a time, it was their go-to game.

Gone Fishin' was the same story as Cherry 0, but Number One Daughter loved it SO much. Lots of action and the cool grinding noise of the game when running.

Trouble is another fave from my childhood.

You just know that if a game has a pop-o-matic bubble, then that game will rock!