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Hot board and card games for the holidays

Check out this crop of games that help with critical thinking, strategy, and, of course, a heavy dose of fun to go along with all that learning.

By Valle Dwight

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Count your Chickens

Ages: 3 and up

Count your Chickens, another cooperative-play game from the folks who make Hoot Owl Hoot, uses a spinner to move chickens to the coop. The goal is to get 40 chickens in the coop before the game is over. Of course, there are obstacles along the way, this time in the form of wily foxes that steal chickens from the coop. If you don't get all 40 chickens in the coop, just try again! Another bonus is that games from Peaceable Kingdom are environmentally conscious and use minimal packaging and paper (the instructions are printed on the box, for instance).

Bottom line: A cooperative game that's simple to learn, but with enough interest to keep kids coming back.

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Valle Dwight is a reporter, writer, and mother of two school-aged boys. She has written for many magazines, including FamilyFun, Wondertime, and Working Mother.

Comments from readers

"These are very interesting board games for starters and other wise. We were looking for them. Thanks for the information - great help. "
"LOVE this info! Thanks for bringing it together! We love to add a game or two to the family each Christmas and/or bday. "