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Games with a young child Tue, 21 June 2011 13:46
So, my so is about three and a half, and I am so tired of playing his 'baby' boardgames, I thought I'd introduce him to something a bit more adult.

So, I'm looking at either Ticket to Ride, or Smallworld - I think he'd prefer Ticket to Ride as he quite likes trains (thanks to Chuggington and Thomas), but was wondering how to go about adapting the rules to make it eaiser for him?

We'd play "open handed" like we do with Pokemon, and another plus is the Ticket to Ride online, which he'd probably enjoy.

So - anyone got any reccomendations about how to introduce a young child to Ticket to Ride, or got any suggestions for a better DOW boardgame to try?
      
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Re:Games with a young child Sun, 17 July 2011 03:17
My kids are pretty good with games, but my 4-year-old isn't yet at a stage where he could play any of the train games. His logical thinking just isn't at the point where he could figure out a good route yet.

My daughter started being able to play TransAmerica at about 6, and Ticket to Ride at 6.5.

Both of the kids like to help the adults play games, and I think this is a good way to introduce more complex games.
      
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Re:Games with a young child Wed, 03 August 2011 03:48
I introduced my young grandson to TTR very early. We played the colour cards open for him, and I talked him through the routes/colours needed. We put a bright coloured button on his destinations which helped. He really had fun.
      
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Re:Games with a young child Wed, 03 August 2011 03:50
I introduced my young grandson to TTR very early. We played the colour cards open for him, and I talked him through the routes/colours needed. We put a bright coloured button on his destinations which helped. He really had fun.
      
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Re:Games with a young child Fri, 05 August 2011 14:58
It may not be PC on the DoW forum, but I think Two by Two would be a good game to get younger players started and interested in real board games.
      
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Re:Games with a young child Wed, 23 November 2011 05:23
Mine started at 5 with Ticket to ride. The computer version is easier (less counting)

Labrynth and blockus are great games for this age.
      
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Re:Games with a young child Wed, 23 November 2011 07:23
I don't have any of my own kids, but I'm a teacher and I have used Memoir '44 in my 3rd grade classroom! It's a great took for teaching students about World War II and for getting them interested in history.

In my experience, kids really like 'complex' games and thrive on learning something difficult. I had to break down the Memoir '44 rules a little bit, but they did great!! Cool
      
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Re:Games with a young child Wed, 22 February 2012 21:38
Sweet Petunia wrote on Tue, 02 August 2011 21:48

I introduced my young grandson to TTR very early. We played the colour cards open for him, and I talked him through the routes/colours needed. We put a bright coloured button on his destinations which helped. He really had fun.



This is pretty much how I taught my son TTR starting at about age 4. Basically its almost like playing solo. You don't want to play aggressively or block and sometimes you have to let them win. But we have a large collection of games that we've taught our children to play, including Memoir 44.

With TTR, don't expect fully competitive games until much older, say 8 to 10 and even then you should cut them some slack.

Try games like Spy Alley, Ghost Chase, Labyrinth, Blokus, Quirkle, Sorry,...

Just search boardgamegeek.com for games for age 8+ and sort by rank to find good games. My kids like games with secrets or mysteries best.
      
    
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