My Son in 5th Grade

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Books My Son Read in 5th Grade

The Lost Hero For a list of books in The Heroes of Olympus series click here. He read the whole series in one breath and loved it.
the lost hero

The Wednesday Wars
the wednesday wars

The Alcatraz Escape  For a list of books in The Book Scavenger series click here.
the alcatraz escape

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret For a list of books in this series click here.
explorer academy

The Blackthorn Key For a list of books in this series, click here. Both my kids loved the first book of the series they read over the summer and were eager to read the rest of this series. My son was actually very disappointed when he realized he read the last one.
The Blackthorn Key

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective For a list of books in this series click here.
encyclopedia brown

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
the boy in the striped pajamas

Spy School For a list of books in this series click here. My daughter read it in  4th grade. My son in 5th.
spy school

The False Prince For a list of books in order in the Ascendance Trilogy click here.
the false prince

The Quest Begins For a list of books in the Seekers series click here. Companion series to this one: Return to the Wild series.
the quest begins

The Trials of Apollo For a list of books in this series click here.
The Trials of Apollo

Scat
scat

Hoot My daughter read it over the summer before entering 5th grade.
hoot

Bunnicula For a list of books in this series click here.

Legend Recommended for ages 12 and up (probably because of some romance) My daughter had it with her on vacation so he picked it up and finished quickly. He said he could do without the romance but enjoyed it very much. For a list of books in this series click here.

The House With a Clock In Its Walls For a list of books in the Lewis Barnavelt series click here. (horror)
the house with a clock

Awkward For a list of books in the Berrybrook Middle School click here.

Real Friends

Oddly Normal

The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans!   For a list of books in this series, click here.

Nimona (graphic novel)
nimona

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie  For a sequel, click here.

After Ever After

The Rithmatist

Nicholas

Fish in a Tree

El Deafo

Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II

Compass South

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant For a list of books in this series click here.

The Last Musketeer For a list of books in this series, click here.

How Mirka Got Her Sword For a list of books in this series click here.

Bera the One-Headed Troll

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth For a list of books in this series click here.

The Time Museum

Suee and the Shadow

Pashmina

Nightlights

Jane, the Fox, and Me

The Dam Keeper

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Wolf Brother For a list of books in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series click here.

City of Orphans

Skulduggery Pleasant For a list of books in this series click here.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game

He did not really love the following two books and did not want to get the other books in these series.

Brainwashed: Crime Travelers

Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

The Magic Misfits

The Screaming Staircase For a list of books in the Lockwood & Co. series click here. He loved this one.
the screaming staircase

Dragon Pearl

Loot For a sequel click here.

Ungifted  For a list of books in this series click here.

The Testing For a list of books in this series click here.

The House of the Scorpion For a list of books in this series click here.

The Unteachables

Restart

Magyk My son loved the whole series. But I want to warn you that some people were disappointed in the lack of originality compared to Harry Potter and other fantasy books. You can find more reviews and a list of books in this series here.
magyk

Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet) For a list of books in this series click here.

The Apothecary For a list of books in this series click here.

Lion Down (FunJungle)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

 

Books We Read Together or Listened to

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow  

We also listened to the sequel and are eagerly waiting for the last book.

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor)

Maniac Magee
maniac magee

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

Long Way Down

 

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My Daughter in 7th Grade

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Books My Daughter Read in 7th Grade

As always, I advise you to refer to the previous years categories because many books are great for kids of different ages. Check good reads for 6th graders and what my daughter read last year, etc.

Cinder For a list of books in The Lunar Chronicles series click here.
cinder

Ruby Red For a list of books in The Ruby Red Trilogy click here.
ruby red

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret For a list of books in this series click here.
explorer academy

Positively Izzy

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants  For a list of books in this series click here.

Fever 1793

The Blackthorn Key For a list of books in this series, click here. She read the first book in the series over the summer and was eager to read the sequels.
The Blackthorn Key

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
red scarf girl

Mockingbird

The Winner’s Curse For a list of books in this trilogy click here.
The Winners Curse

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
the boy in the striped pajamas

Uglies For a list of books in this series click here.

The Hired Girl
The Hired Girl

Legend For a list of books in this series click here.
legend

Nimona (graphic novel)
nimona

Compass South For a list of books in the series click here.

Girl Online
Girl Online

When Dimple Met Rishi

We Are All Made of Molecules

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before For a list of books in this series click here.

Children of Blood and Bone

Pashmina

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Supergifted

Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet) For a list of books in this series click here.

The Apothecary For a list of books in this series click here.

Lion Down (FunJungle)

Children of Blood and Bone For a list of books in the series Legacy of Orisha click here.

Ender’s Game The Ender Quintet (for a list of books click here)
enders game

Shadow and Bone For a list of books in this trilogy click here.

Six of Crows Check out the sequel here. You can read it before you read Shadow and Bone (trilogy) although it contains some spoilers. Generally, most people liked Six of Crows better than Shadow and Bone but both are very good. Some people read just Six of Crows.
Six of Crows

Stargirl
stargirl

 

Books We Read Together or Listened to

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor)

Maniac Magee
maniac magee

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

Long Way Down

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TED for Kids

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I am sure you have all heard of TED and watched TED talks in the past. My husband and I love them. I have also watched some talks with my kids because I found them appropriate for her age, and she enjoyed them.

That gave me an idea of looking up more talks that are suitable for kids. I will be listing them here in this post.

Talks to watch with kids

25 TED Talks You Should Show Your Kids

6 TED Talks to Share With Your Kids This Summer

13 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions

10 Inspiring TED Talks for Students

Talks by brilliant kids and teens

Peer Student Motivation: 3 TED Talks to Start the School Year

20 Incredible TED Talks You Should Show Your High School Students

 

The more time I spend subbing in schools and among kids and young people, the more danger I see in screen time and social media. I would like to help kids realize how bad and addictive these are, how they can hurt their well being and that by limiting their time on their phones and other screens they can be much happier.  It is a fight (especially because of peer pressure); I can see that with my 12-year-old daughter but I am on a quest now.  I would like to share these awesome talks with you to watch with your kids and start a discussion about how you can change your lives.

Quit social media
Why our screens make us less happy?
Connected, but alone

 

For older kids:

The art of being yourself
Go with your gut feeling

 

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Games for 4 Players

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This list contains games that play best with 4, sometimes 5 players.

Magic Labyrinth (my kids are slowly growing out of this one but it is an awesome game)
The Magic labyrinth

Qwirkle
quirkle

 

 

 

 

Ticket to Ride (2-5 players, best with 4, 30-60 min)
Ticket to ride

7 Wonders  (3-7, best with 4 or 5 players, 30 min)
7 wonders

Splendor (up to 4 players, 30 min)
Splendor

Tokaido (2-5 players, best with 4, 45 min)
tokaido

Love Letter (20 min)
Love Letter

Istanbul (2-5 players, best with 4, 40-60 min)
Istanbul

Lords of WaterDeep (2-5, best with 3-4 players, 60 – 120 min)
lords of waterdeep

Coup (3-6 players, best with 5 players, 15 min). You can also buy the expansion (Coup Reformation) of the game, which lets you play with up to 10 people.
coup

Catan (3-4 players, best with 4, 60-120 min)
settlersofcatan

If you have younger kids, the junior version (Catan Jr.) is excellent. It plays in about 30 min.

Zooloretto (3-5 players, best with 4, 45 min)
Zooloretto

Chateau Roquefort or under the title we own it: Burg Appenzell (2-4 players, 30 min)
Chateau Roquefort

San Juan (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 – 60 min)
san juan

Machi Koro (2-4, best with 4 players, 30 min)
machi Koro

Camel Up  (3-8 players, best with 4-5, 30 min)
camel up

Five Tribes (2-4 players, 40 – 80 min)
five tribes

Sheriff of Nottingham (3-5, best with 5 players, 60 min)
sheriff

Colt Express (3-6 players, best with 5-6, 40 min)
colt express

Small World (3-5 players, best with 4, 40-80 min)
small world

El Dorado (2-4 players, 30-60 min)
el dorado

Karuba (2-4 players, best with 4, 30 – 40 min)

Jamaica (3-6 players, best with 6, 30-60 min)
jamaica

Imhotep (2-4 players, 40 min)
imhotep

Stone Age (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
stone age

Peloponnes Card Game (2-5 players, 25-40 min)
peloponnes

Cockroach Poker (3-6 players, best with 4-5 players, 20-30 min)
Cockroach Poker

 Coup (3-6 players, best with 5 players, 15 min). You can also buy the extension (Coup Reformation) of the game, which lets you play with up to 10 people.
coup

Citadels (up to 7 players, best with 5, 20-60 min) — new, cheaper version here.
citadels

Doodle Dice (2-6 players, best with 4, relaxed and laid-back game, when you want to chat)
doodle dice

Blokus
index

 

 

King of Tokyo (3-6 players, best with 4-5, 30 min)
king of tokyo

Beasty Bar (2-4 players, 20-30 min)
beasty bar

Lost Cities (2-4 players, 30-60 min)
Lost cities

Bohnanza (3-7 players, best with 5, 45 min)
bohnanza

Clue (3-6, best with 4-5 players, 45 min)
clue

Tsuro: The Game of the Path (2-8 players, best with 4 or 6, 20 min) My daughter dislikes this game for some reason but it provides a nice, quiet break from heavier games.
tsuro

Rummikub (60 min)
rummikub

Dominion (up to 4, best with 3 players, 30 min)
dominion

Rat-A-Tat-Cat  (2-6 players, best with 4, 10-15 min)

rat a tat cat

Loot (3-4, or 6,8 players, 30 min)
Loot

Port Royal (2-5, best 3-4 players, 20-50 min)
port royal

Kanagawa (2-4 players, best with 4, 45 min)
kanagawa

Guillotine (2-5 players, best with 4, 30 min)
Guillotine

Johari (2-4 players, 60-90 min)
johari

Sushi Go! (2-5 players, best with 4, 15 min)
sushi go

Gubs (2-6 players, best with 3-4, 20-30 min)
gubs

Five Crowns (3-7 players, best with 4, 30 min)
five crowns

The Wizard  (3-6 players, best 4-5, 45 min)
wizard

 Grandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets (3-6, best 4-5 players, 30 min)
Cover your assets

Codenames (teams, 4-8+, best with 6 or 8)
Codenames

Taboo (4-10 players, best with 6 or 8 players)
Taboo

Spyfall (4-8 players, best with 6, 20 min)
spyfall

Grandpa Beck’s Skull King (3-6, best 4-6 players, 30 min)
skull king

Exploding Kittens (3-5, best 4-5 players, 15 min)
exploding kittens

Tales Of The Arabian Nights (2-4 players, best with 3 players, 120 min)
tales of arabian nights

Modern Art (3-5, best 4-5 players, 45 min)
modern art

Century Spice Road (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)
century spice road

Century Golem (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)

Legends of Andor (1-4, best with 4 players, 60-90 min)
legends of andor

 Azul (2-4, best with 2 players, 30-45 min)

azul

 Survive (2-4 players, best with 4, 45-60 min)
survive

Samurai (2-4 players, best with 3, 30-60 min)
samurai

 Battle Sheep (2-4 players, best with 4, 15 min)
battle sheep

Mafia City (3-5 players, best with 4, 60 min)
mafia city

Terra Mystica (2-5, best with 4, 30 min per player, so about 120 min for 4 players)
terra mystica

Lanterns (2-4 players, best with 4, 30 min)

lanterns

Scythe (1-5 players, best with 4, 90-120 min)
scythe game

Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2-4 players, best with 4, 90 min)
castles of mad ludwig

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min)
near and far

Above and Below (2-4 players, best with 3, 90 min)

Photosynthesis (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 -60 min)

New York 1901 (2-4 players, best with 4, 30-60 min)

Biblios (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
biblios

Samurai Spirit (1-7 players, 30 minutes)

Eight-minute Empire Legends (1-4 players, best with 4, 18 – 32 min)

Mint Works (1 – 4 players, no difference, plays well with all numbers, 10-20 min)

Timeline Diversity (2-8 players, best with 4 players, 15 min)

Werewords (4-10 players, best with 6 – 7 players, 10 min)

Latice (2 – 4 players, 10-30 min)

Jungle Speed (3-8, best with 5-6 players, 10 min or more). We also have the expansion with more cards.

Welcome to the Dungeon (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
welcome to the dungeon

 

On My Wish List

Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. After watching a few videos, I would go for the big box with all expansions. The best expansion is #2 but it is not available separately anymore. You will get all expansions in the Big Box.
alhambra

Takenoko (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 min)
takenoko

Charterstone (1-6 players, best with 6, 45-75 min)
charterstone

Rise of Augustus (2-6 players, best with 3-4, 30 min)

rise of augustus

Pulsar 2849 (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
pulsar

Descent Journeys in the Dark (2-5 players, best with 5, 120 min)
descent

Roll for the Galaxy (2-5, best 3-4 players, 45 min)
roll for the galaxy

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Cooperative Games

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I am sure you agree that sometimes it is nice to throw in a game where the kids don’t compete against each other but rather work together toward a goal as a team.

Whoowasit? (2-4 players, 45 min) My kids are getting old for this one but they used to love it.
Whoowasit

Forbidden Island (2-4 players, 30 min)
Forbidden Island

Forbidden desert (2-5 players, 45 min)
forbidden desert

 Pandemic (2-4 players, 45 min)–there is also Pandemic Legacy etc.
Pandemic

Escape (1-5 players, 10 min)
Escape

The Game
the game

Hanabi (2-5 players, 30 min)
Hanabi

Mysterium (3-7 players, best 5-6 players, 60 min)
mysterium

Betrayal At House On The Hill (3-6, best with 5-6 players, 60 min)
Betrayal

One Night Werewolf (4-10, best with 6-8, 10 min)
one night werewolf

Castle Panic (1-6 players, best with 4, 60 min)
castlepanic

Captain Sonar (6-8 is best, although you can play with 2 or more, 45-60 min)
Captain sonar

Fuse (a co-op 10 min game)
fuse

Flash Point Fire Rescue (1-6 players, best with 4, 45 min). I also bought the expansion: Flash Point Fire Rescue 2nd Story

Mice & Mystics (1-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)

Legends of Andor (1-4 players, 60-90 min) My son LOVED this game, he was so excited to play this game with his friends. I had to buy the expansion and the second game as well.

 

Teams competition

Codenames

Taboo

Reverse Charades

Captain Sonar

On My Wish List

Shadows Over Camelot

shadows over camelot

Dead of Winter
dead of winter

 

The Grizzled (for older kids ,3-5, best with 4-5, 30 min, harder to win)
the grizzled

Gloomhaven
gloomhaven

Space Alert
space alert

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Word and Other Educational Games

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Word Games

Codenames
Codenames

Boggle
boggle

Blurt (We have an old version of this game but it works the same)
blurt

Wordthief
wordthief

The following 3 are old games that I bought a long time ago for classroom use and I can’t find them online right now to give you links.

WordUp

Word Exchange

Word Drop

Word Rummy Card Game
word rummy

Scrabble
scrabble
Apples to Apples
( we have the Junior version)
apples to apples

Proverbial Wisdom Jr.
proverbial wisdom

Quiddler
quiddler

 Geography and Culture

Scrambled States
scrambled states

Passport to Culture
passport to culture

Name that Country

name that country

10 Days In Europe Game
10 days in europe

 

 

 

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Games for 3 Players

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I have 4 kids in my game group but if one gets sick, I always look for games that play best with 3 people. A lot of the following games can be played with four people but you get the best experience playing with three.

Magic Labyrinth (my kids are slowly growing out of this one but it is an awesome game)
The Magic labyrinth

 

 

 

 

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min)
near and far

Above and Below (2-4 players, best with 3, 90 min)

Photosynthesis (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 – 60 min)

Welcome to the Dungeon (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
welcome to the dungeon

Splendor (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
Splendor

Biblios (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
biblios

Karuba (2-4 players, best with 4, 30 -40 min)
karuba

Dominion (30 min)
dominion

San Juan (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 – 60 min)
san juan

Lords of WaterDeep (2-5 players, best with 3 or 4, 60 – 120 min)
lords of waterdeep

Samurai (30-60 min)
samurai

Love Letter (2-4 players, 20 min)
Love Letter

Lanterns Festival (2-4 players, 30 min)
lanterns

Kodama (2-5 players, best with 3 players, 40 min)
kodama

Tales Of The Arabian Nights (2-4 players, best with 3 players, 120 min)
tales of arabian nights

Elfenroads (3-5 players, best with 4, 45 – 90 min)
elfenroads

Johari (2-4 players, 60-90 min)
johari

Kanagawa (2-4 players, best with 4, 45 min)
kanagawa

Peloponnes Card Game (2-5 players, 25-40 min)
peloponnes

El Dorado (2-4 players, 30-60 min)
el dorado

Port Royal (2-5, best 3-4 players, 20-50 min)
port royal

Century Spice Road (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)
century spice road

Century Golem (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)

Dragonwood (2- 4 players, best with 3, 20 min)
dragonwood

Hey That’s My Fish  (20 min)
hey thats my fish

Beasty Bar (20-30 min)
beasty bar

Tokaido (2-5 players, 45 min)
tokaido

Small World (3-5 players, best with 4, 40-80 min)
small world

Citadels (some people recommend it for 3 players, we have not tried it yet)–new, cheaper version here.
citadels

Istanbul (40-60 min)
Istanbul

Gubs (20-30 min)
gubs

Oh My Goods (30 min) with its extension Oh My Goods: Longsdale in Revolt
oh my goods

Five Tribes (2-4 players, 40 – 80 min)
five tribes

Legends of Andor (1-4, best with 4 players, 60-90 min)
legends of andor

Rat-A-Tat-Cat  (2-6 players, best with 4, 10-15 min)

rat a tat cat

Qwirkle
quirkle

Jamaica (3-6 players, best with 6, 30-60 min)
jamaica

Ticket to Ride (30-60 min)
Ticket to ride

Catan (3-4 players, best with 4, 60-120 min)
settlersofcatan

 Carcassonne (2-5 players, best with 2, 30-45 min)
Carcassonne castle

Carcassonne: Hunters And Gatherers
carcassone hunters and gatherers

Zooloretto (3-5 players, best with 4, 45 min)
Zooloretto

Lost Cities (30-60 min)
Lost cities

Chateau Roquefort or under the title we own it: Burg Appenzell (2-4 players, 30 min)
Chateau Roquefort

Rummikub (60 min)
rummikub

Machi Koro (2-4, best with 4 players, 30 min)
machi Koro

Istanbul (2-5 players, best with 4, 40-60 min)
Istanbul

Imhotep (2-4 players, 40 min)
imhotep

Hanabi (2-5 players, 30 min, co-op)
Hanabi

Sushi Go! (2-5 players, best with 4, 15 min)
sushi go

Guillotine (2-5 players, best with 4, 30 min)
Guillotine

Five Crowns (3-7 players, best with 4, 30 min)
five crowns

 The Wizard  (3-6 players, best 4-5, 45 min)
wizard

Azul (2-4, best with 2 players, 30-45 min)

azul

Stone Age (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
stone age

Survive (2-4 players, best with 4, 45-60 min)–although I have had a problem with 2 girls ganging up on one so it was not ideal.
survive

 Battle Sheep (2-4 players, best with 4, 15 min)
battle sheep

Terra Mystica (2-5, best with 4 bcs of more interaction, 30 min per player, so about 90 min for 3 players)
terra mystica

Scythe (1-5 players, best with 4, 90-120 min)
scythe game

 Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2-4 players, best with 4, 90 min)
castles of mad ludwig

New York 1901 (2-4 players, best with 4, 30-60 min)

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min)
near and far

Decrypto (4-8 players, best with 4, 6, 15 – 45 min)

Above and Below (2-4 players, best with 3, 90 min)

Photosynthesis (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 -60 min)

Samurai Spirit (1-7 players, 30 minutes)

Eight-minute Empire Legends (1-4 players, best with 4, 18 – 32 min)

Mint Works (1 – 4 players, no difference, plays well with all numbers, 10-20 min)

Timeline Diversity (2-8 players, best with 4 players, 15 min)

Werewords (4-10 players, best with 6 – 7 players, 10 min)

Latice (2 – 4 players, 10-30 min)

 

On My Wish list:

Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. After watching a few videos, I would go for the big box with all expansions. The best expansion is #2 but it is not available separately anymore. You will get all expansions in the Big Box.
alhambra

Takenoko (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 min)
takenoko

Santa Maria (1-4 players, best with 3, 45-90 min)
santa maria

Rise of Augustus (2-6 players, best with 3-4, 30 min)

rise of augustus

Pulsar 2849 (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
pulsar

Descent Journeys in the Dark (2-5 players, best with 5, 120 min)
descent

Roll for the Galaxy (2-5, best 3-4 players, 45 min)
roll for the galaxy

Age 14 and up

Mage Knight (1-3 players, best 1-2, 150 min)
mage knight

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Party Games

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As I have two groups of four kids now in our game club, I sometimes combine them for certain games. I started collecting games for six or more people.

This is a list I made in order to help me to pick the right games based on the number of players I have.

Bang (4-8 players, best with 6-7 players, 20-40 min)
bang

One Night Ultimate Werewolf (4-10 players, best with 6-8 players, 10 min)
one night werewolf

Mascarade (5-13, best with 7-8 players, 30 min)
mascarade

Cash N Guns (4-8 players, best with 6-8, 30 min)
cash n guns

Double Ditto (4-10 players or more)
double ditto

Codenames (teams, 4-8+, best with 6 or 8)
Codenames

Taboo (4-10 players, best with 6 or 8 players)
Taboo

Reverse Charades (6-12 players)
reverse charades

Apples to Apples –we have the Junior version but this family version is great ( 4-10+ players, best with 6-8)
apples to apples

Dixit (4-6 players, best with 5-6 players, 30-45 min)
Dixit

Skull (4-6 players, best with 5-6 players, 45 min)
skull

Pit (4-8, best with 6-8 players, 30 min)
pit

Loot (3-4, or 6,8 players, 30 min)
Loot

Pictionary (again, we have also the junior version, 4-12 players, best with 6-8)
Pictionary Jr.

7 Wonders  (3-7, best with 4 or 5 players, 30 min)
7 wonders

Cockroach Poker (3-6 players, best with 4-5 players, 20-30 min)
Cockroach Poker

 Coup (3-6 players, best with 5 players, 15 min). You can also buy the expansion (Coup Reformation) of the game, which lets you play with up to 10 people.
coup

The Resistance (5 -10 players, best with 7)–I don’t own this title but read reviews that it is great with expansions. A lot of people prefer Resistance Avalon, which is what I got. You can always read on the differences of the two on BoardGameGeek.
resistance

The Resistance: Avalon (5-10, best with 7-8, 30 min)
avalon

Bohnanza (3-7 players, best with 5, 45 min)
bohnanza

Spyfall (4-8 players, best with 6, 20 min)
spyfall

 

Jamaica (3-6 players, best with 6, 30-60 min)
jamaica

The Great Dalmuti (4-7, best 6-7 players, 60 min)
the great dalmuti

Mysterium (3-7 players, best with 5-6, 45 – 60 min)
mysterium

Betrayal At House On The Hill (3-6, best with 5-6 players, 60 min)
Betrayal

Citadels (up to 7 players, best with 5, 20-60 min) — new, cheaper version here.
citadels

PicWits (4-10 players)
picwits

Saboteur (5-10, best with 7-8 players, 30 min)
saboteur

Grandpa Beck’s Skull King (3-6, best 4-6 players, 30 min)
skull king


Clue
(3-6, best with 4-5 players, 45 min)
clue

Colt Express (3-6 players, best 5-6 players, 40 min)
colt express

Camel Up (3-8 players, best with 4-5, 30 min)
camel up

 

Grandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets (3-6, best 4-5 players, 30 min)
Cover your assets

King of Tokyo (2-6 players, best 4-5 players, 30-45 min)
king of tokyo

Poo The Card Game (2-8 players, best with 5, 20 min)

poo

 Exploding Kittens (3-5, best 4-5 players, 15 min)
exploding kittens

Gubs (2-6 players, best with 3-4, 20-30 min)
gubs

Five Crowns (3-7 players, best with 4, 30 min)
five crowns

Tsuro: The Game of the Path (2-8 players, best with 4 or 6, 20 min) My daughter dislikes this game for some reason but it provides a nice, quiet break from heavier games.
tsuro

 

Rat-A-Tat-Cat  (2-6 players, best with 4, 10-15 min)

rat a tat cat

Sushi Go! (2-5 players, best with 4, 15 min)
sushi go

The Wizard  (3-6 players, best 4-5, 45 min)
wizard

Captain Sonar (age 12 and up, 6-8 players is best, although you can play with 2 or more, 45-60 min)
Captain sonar

Snake Oil (4-9 players, best with 5-6, 30 min)

snake oil

Two Rooms and a Boom (theoretically from 6 people and up but most people say that it is not a good game until you have at least 10 players, I’d love to have it on hand and play with both kids and parents sometimes, 15 min)
two rooms and a boom

Decrypto (4-8 players, best with 4, 6, 15 – 45 min)

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (5-12 players, best with 7-8, 20 min)
deception

Telestrations (5-8+, best with 8 players, we have a version for 12)

telestrations

Samurai Spirit (1-7 players, 30 minutes)

Timeline Diversity (2-8 players, best with 4 players, 15 min)

Werewords (4-10 players, best with 6 – 7 players, 10 min)

Jungle Speed (3-8, best with 5-6 players, 10 min or more). We also have the expansion with more cards.

 

On My Wish List

Rise of Augustus (2-6 players, best with 3-4, 30 min)

rise of augustus

Concept (I read that the rules are not great but you can make up your own, but it is a lot of fun to play, especially with 6 or 8 people, 2-12+ players, 45 min)
Concept

Charterstone (1-6 players, best with 6, 45-75 min)
charterstone

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Games for 2 Players

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Sometimes you don’t have a group of people to play a game. When my kids have a friend over or I am alone with one of them at home, these come in handy:

For the appropriate age, go to BoardGameGeek and look up the game.

Magic Labyrinth (my kids are slowly growing out of this one but it is an awesome game)
The Magic labyrinth

 

 

 

 

7 Wonders Duel Board Game
duel

Jaipur
jaipur

Lost Cities – The Card Game
lost cities card game

Patchwork Board Game
patchwork

The Castles Of Burgundy
castles of burgundy

Boggle
boggle

Battle Line
battle line

Hive Pocket
hive

Codenames: Duet
codenames duet

 Carcassonne (30-45 min)
Carcassonne castle

Carcassonne: Hunters And Gatherers
carcassone hunters and gatherers

Lords of Waterdeep
lords of waterdeep

Tessen (15 min)
tessen

Lanterns Festival (2-4 players, 30 min)
lanterns

 Karuba
karuba

Memoir ’44
memoir

Agricola All Creatures Big and Small (2 players, 30 min)

 

Gobblet
gobblet

Dominion (best with 3 but fine with 2 players)
dominion

Azul (2-4, best with 2 players, 30-45 min)

azul

Splendor
Splendor

Oh My Goods (2-4 players, 30 min) with its expansion  Oh My Goods: Longsdale in Revolt
oh my goods

Word Drop

Headbandz

headbandz

 Caesar and Cleopatra
caesar and cleopatra

Johari (2-4 players, 60-90 min)
johari

Mastermind

mastermind

Quoridor
quoridor

Battleship
battle ship

Soluna

soluna

Beasty Bar (20-30 min) I’ve read somewhere that this game plays nicely with two. we have not tried it with only 2 players, mostly with 3 or 4.
beasty bar

Forbidden desert (2-5 players, 45 min)
forbidden desert

 Pandemic (45 min)–there is also Pandemic Legacy etc.
Pandemic

Escape (10 min)
Escape

Hanabi (fine with 2, 30 min)
Hanabi

Tales Of The Arabian Nights (120 min)
tales of arabian nights

Kanagawa (45 min)
kanagawa

Samurai (2-4 players, best with 3, 30-60 min)
samurai

Peloponnes Card Game (2-5 players, 25-40 min)
peloponnes

Q-bitz

Qbitz

 

 

 

 

Five Tribes (40-80 min)
five tribes

Ticket to Ride (30-60 min)
Ticket to ride

El Dorado (2-4 players, 30-60 min)
el dorado

Legends of Andor (1-4, best with 4 players, 60-90 min)
legends of andor

Guillotine (2-5 players, best with 4, 30 min)
Guillotine

Stone Age (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
stone age

 Battle Sheep (2-4 players, best with 4, 15 min)
battle sheep

Kodama (2-5 players, best with 3 players, 40 min)
kodama

Raptor
raptor

Fleet
fleet

Dungeon Roll Dice Game
dungeon roll

Scythe (1-5 players, best with 4, 90-120 min)
scythe game

Fuse (a co-op 10 min game)
fuse

Isle of Skye
isle of skye

San Juan (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 – 60 min)
san juan

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min) An awesome game from 2017, with story telling elements.
near and far

Kahuna (2 players, 30 – 40 min)

New York 1901 (2-4 players, best with 4, 30-60 min)

Samurai Spirit (1-7 players, 30 minutes)

Eight-minute Empire Legends (1-4 players, best with 4, 18 – 32 min)

Pentago

Dragonwood (2- 4 players, best with 3, 20 min)
dragonwood

Mint Works (1 – 4 players, no difference, plays well with all numbers, 10-20 min)

Timeline Diversity (2-8 players, best with 4 players, 15 min)

Latice (2 – 4 players, 10-30 min)

The Fox in the Forest (2 players, 30 min)

Fantastiqa: Rival Realms (1-2 players, 20-30 min)

Century Spice Road (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)
century spice road

 

People also successfully played some games that are better with more players but are still a good experience with just two (Istanbul)

Here is an interesting thread  on Board Game Geek about games for two players.

Another great list on the same website is here.

 

On My Wish List

Paperback (2-4, best with 2 players, 45 min) When I was looking, the game was available here.
paperback

Rise of Augustus (2-6, best 3-4 players, 30 min)
rise of augustus

Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, if only 2 players, you use a third dummy, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. After watching a few videos, I would go for the big box with all expansions. The best expansion is #2 but it is not available separately anymore. You will get all expansions in the Big Box.
alhambra

Onitama (2 players only, 15 min)
onitama

Onirim

Roll for the Galaxy (2-5, best 3-4 players, 45 min)
roll for the galaxy

 Claustrophobia (2 players, 45 min)
claustrophobia

 

Star Wars: Imperial Assault (2-5, best with 2 or 5 players, 60 – 120 min)
star wars

Age 13 and up

War of The Ring  (2, 4 players, best with 2, 150-180 min)
war of the ring

Age 14 and up

Mage Knight (1-3 players, best 1-2, 150 min)
mage knight

Age 16 and up (because it is dark)

This War of Mine (survival story, 1-3 players, check some reviews here)
this war of mine

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Books My Son Read in 4th Grade

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Warriors For a list of books in this series click here. Check other series by Erin Hunter. The Warriors series has many sub-series, see them here. My son is in love with these books and reads one after another.
into the wild

Both my kids loved The Land of Stories and were excited a new one came out this summer.
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide For a list of books in this series, click here.
worlds collide

Matous loved the series Wings of Fire and couldn’t wait to read the last installment.
Darkness of Dragons For a list of books in this series click here.
darkness of dragons

The 39 Clues (#3) For a list of books in this series click here.
the maze of bones

Fablehaven Grip of the Shadow Plague (#3). We listened to the first 2 book a long time ago and Matous picked up the third book now. For a list of books in this series click here.
fablehaven

The Lightning Thief  For a list of books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series click here.
the lighting thief

Star Wars: Jedi Academy For a list of books in this series click here.
jedi academy

The Last Kids on Earth For a list of books in this series click here.
The Last Kids on Earth

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics The second book in Mr Lemoncello’s Library series.
Olympics

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race The third book in Mr Lemoncello’s Library series.
mr lemoncellos library race

Refugee He did not finish this book because he said it was too sad (he read about 3/4). My daughter who is two years older finished it.
refugee

Comet in Moominland My son fell in love with the Moomins. He read one book after another from this series. For a list of them click here.
comet in moominland

Book Scavenger For a list of books in this series click here.
book scavenger

The War I finally Won This is a sequel to a book we read together The War That Saved My Life.
the war I finally won

Masterminds For a list of books in this series click here. He loved the series as did my daughter a few years ago.
masterminds

Galactic Hot Dogs For a list of books in this series click here.
galactic hot dogs

Slacker
slacker

Hatchet Click here for other books in the Brian’s saga (they have really great reviews too)
hatchet

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard For a list of books in this series click here.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Wonder
wonder

The Fire Within This is a series but some people mentioned that it gets darker as you read the other books so be aware of that. For a list of books in this series, click here.
the fire within

Capture the Flag
capture the flag

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
ophelia and the marvelous boy

The Magic Thief For a list of books in this series click here.
the magic thief

Furthermore
Furthermore

Holes
holes

The Ruins of Gorlan For a list of books in The Ranger’s Apprentice series click here. My son read all of them and there are many. 🙂
the ruins of gorlan

The Red Pyramid For a list of books in The Kane Chronicles series, click here.
the red pyramid

The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier Normandy France, 1944
the journal of scott

10 True Tales: World War II Heroes
Ten true tales

The Blackthorn Key For a list of books in this series, click here.
The Blackthorn Key

York: The Shadow Cipher
york

Books we Listened to or Read Together

One Crazy Summer
one crazy summer

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
the evolution of calpurnia

Wolf Hollow
Wolf Hollow

Howl’s Moving Castle
howls moving castle

Freak the Mighty
freak the mighty

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
the true confessions

Esperanza Rising
esperanza rising

The Boy on the Wooden Box
the boy on the wooden box

A Night Divided
A Night Divided

Pax
Pax

Al Capone Does My Shirts
al capone

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
a long walk to water

The Westing Game
westing game

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making For a list of books in the Fairyland series click here.
the girl who circumnavigated

Breaking Stalin’s Nose
breaking stalins nose

Bud, not Buddy
bud not buddy

Tuck Everlasting
tuck everlasting

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