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"
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."