Category Archives: board games

Ticket To Ride: My First Journey

We got Ticket to Ride: My First Journey. Normally, kid versions of adult board games are pretty lame, but this one was great.

Rules: Everyone gets 4 colored cards to start and 2 tickets. Every turn you can build or get 2 more cards. When you complete a ticket by building a path between the icons, you yell ‘ticket!’ and flip it over. First to 6 wins.

Cost: $30 on Amazon.

Time: 30 minutes.

Modifications for Kindergarteners: If the games go on too long, you can play first to 5. Some kids need help figuring out the paths they are building but most are more that capable.

Can it be played if pieces go missing: It ships with extra trains, and the colored cards can be lost without much of an issue.

Is this a game only kids would like: I think adults would prefer the adult version, but this is a perfectly acceptable stand in for family game night.

Coloretto

We recently bought a few new board games for Christmas, and Coloretto was the best bang for the buck. It has color matching and a push your luck mechanic, and it plays really quickly. It’s been a big hit here.

Rules: Players either place a card in a set, or grab a set. Go until the deck is empty, count up points. Bigger color sets get more points.

Cost: $8 on Amazon.

Time: 20 minutes.

Modifications for Kindergarteners: None.

Can it be played if pieces go missing: If you lose a few cards you’ll still be ok, depending on the cards that go missing.

Is this a game only kids would like: I think this is a fun, light game that would be fun with adults, but I think it really shines with kids.

Sushi Go!

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We love the game Sushi Go! It’s a pass and play card game that’s focused on set collection and counting.

Rules: Deal cards to all players, each person picks a single card to put in front of them and they are revealed at the same time. You then pass your remaining hand to your neighbor. This continues until you are out of cards. Then you score the game and play again for a total of three rounds.

Cost: $12 on Amazon.

Time: 20 minutes.

Modifications for Kindergarteners: I remove the ‘chopstick’ cards as I think they are a bit too confusing for the average 5 year old, at least on their first few games.

Can it be played if pieces go missing: You could reasonably lose about half of the deck and still be able to play.

Is this a game only kids would like: I think this is a fun, light game that would be fun with adults, but I think it really shines with kids.

My First Stone Age

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We love the game My First Stone Age! It’s a resource collection game with elements of memory and trading.

Rules: Flip over the green tiles to see where you move to, try to collect enough pieces to build a house. First person to build three houses wins.

Cost: $30 on Amazon.

Time: 20 minutes.

Modifications for Kindergarteners: None! This game plays great right out of the box.

Can it be played if pieces go missing: Not really, although they include some blank pieces.

Is this a game only kids would like: It’s a little too light for adults, but kids 8 and under would absolutely dig it. Their are some higher level gameplay elements at work here that work surprisingly well.
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