Multi-age games for kids - current favorites

A Listmania! list by Susan Gorbet "Experience Designer and Mom"
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The list author says: "My kids, age 5 and 8, love to play games. Often with their cousins, ages 11, 7 and 5. We often spend all day playing on a weekend. We like games where there are interesting decisions to make, and where all kids can fully participate in spite of the age difference. A fun theme helps too. And cooperative games cut down on the sore-loser-ness in the younger ones.

An extra favorite that isn't on Amazon currently: Mole in the Hole"
Sleeping Queens
1.  Sleeping Queens by Gamewright
The list author says:
  "This one gets played constantly.  The rules seem complicated at first, but since it was invented by a six-year-old, it works out before long.  Part of the fun is the kids' mastery of the different cards.  This says ages 8 and up, but it's been my 5-year-old son's favorite for almost two years now (he doesn't find the equations yet).  Every kid we've introduced it to has loved it."
$9.68   Used & New from: $3.96
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)

Forbidden Island
2.  Forbidden Island by Gamewright
The list author says:
  "The kids love this collaborative game!  It's a cooperative game with an Indiana Jones theme - you're on an island that's sinking and you have to get all four treasures and get airlifted off before it sinks.  My daughter is always the diver and my son is always the pilot, and they love to talk together about what is the best move to make."
$14.43   Used & New from: $11.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)

HedBanz Game
3.  HedBanz Game by Spin Master Games
The list author says:
  "Have to guess what card is on your own forehead. Takes some perceptive question-asking and the ability not to blurt.  We typically help out a little beyond the yes/no answer."
$14.99   Used & New from: $8.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (747 customer reviews)

Spot It
4.  Spot It by Blue Orange
The list author says:
  "Each pair of cards has one and only one matching symbol on it.  Hard to find, and the kids often find it before the adults do."
$11.57   Used & New from: $5.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,772 customer reviews)

Family Pastimes / Secret Door - An Award Winning Co-operative Mystery Game
5.  Family Pastimes / Secret Door - An Award Winning Co-operative Mystery Game by Family Pastimes
The list author says:
  "This is a cooperative version of concentration with a great theme.  You have to figure out which three items the thief has hidden behind the door before the clocks chime twelve times (before you pick up 12 clock cards, that is)."
$12.79   Used & New from: $5.90
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Family Pastimes / Caves & Claws - An Award Winning Co-operative Adventure Game
6.  Family Pastimes / Caves & Claws - An Award Winning Co-operative Adventure Game by Family Pastimes
The list author says:
  "This is a recent addition and a universal winner.  Seems pretty easy though, and I suspect it won't stick around for much longer."
$12.30   Used & New from: $11.30
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Family Pastimes / Ogres & Elves - A 3-in-1 Co-operative Game
7.  Family Pastimes / Ogres & Elves - A 3-in-1 Co-operative Game by Family Pastimes
The list author says:
  "This is our newest cooperative game, and we loved playing - I can imagine this will go on for a long time, since there are rules for 5-7, 7-12, and 12-adult.  You're trying to collect jewels for the visit of the royal family, but stay away from the ogres, who will steal the jewels.  Unless you gift a jewel to an ogre, which sends him back to his castle and out of the game."
$20.22   Used & New from: $9.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Djeco Sardines Card Game (50 pc)
8.  Djeco Sardines Card Game (50 pc) by Djeco
The list author says:
  "Great little memory game - kids often beat the grownups."
$13.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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