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What's a good video game controller for a toddler?

What's a good video game controller for a toddler? Absolutely required: A reliable way of connecting it to a Windows 7 or 8 laptop. I don't mind using JoyToKey or 3rd-party drivers if necessary. Preferred: Wireless, so it can't be used to pull the laptop off the desk; Durable and/or cheap, in case it gets thrown or dropped; Simple, few inputs. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Give this kid a kick-start in doing clever computer stuff, please?

My awesome 12 year old nerd son has (finally) expressed serious interest in creating his own games, learning coding and whatnot. This is way out of my league, and googling just confuses me because I don't know what we need. Suggestion for sites, learning resources, etc? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

iPad puzzles and games for a 20-month-old

Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

I care, but not enough to play Candy Crush...

A twelve year old I'm related to keeps sending me invites to play horrid money wall Facebook games. Said kid is going through a hard time and I like the idea of playing with her as a small, regular form of reaching out. However...Zynga Poker ain"t gonna happen. What kind of easily accessible games suitable to a 12 year old are out there for me to suggest? Specifics under the cut... [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Getting-to-know-you Games

Please suggest some icebreaker games I can play with 5-7 yo kids. Restrictions: Groups of 4-5 kids, games must be quick (less than 5 minutes) and require little or no materials. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Games to play on a train ride with a small child?

What are some good games to play on a long train ride with a small child (age 4)? The ipad makes him motion-sick. He gets frustrated with drawing or dot-to-dot because of the bumpy movement of the train. We have audiobooks but they won't cover the whole ride.
posted by xo on Jun 2, 2013 - 15 answers

What are some good free download games for young kids?

I'm gifting my laptop to my far-away sister, and want to pre-load it with some fun, free, friendly games she can use to entertain her live-in grandkids (ages 4 and 2). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Apr 27, 2013 - 2 answers

PowerPC G4 OSX-native kids games

What are the available OSX native educational kids games that will run on an iMac G4 (I have the 400mhz one)? I bought the Jumpstart games off ebay, but those seem to be ClassicOS games that they just slapped a wrapper on, and as such they don't work very well. 640x480 in a tiny window not-well, for instance. [more inside]
posted by BeeDo on Feb 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for great geography games!

Wanted: Great geography games for a kid. [more inside]
posted by kirst27 on Dec 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Should a 6 year old play games on the iPhone?

6 year old playing games on the iPhone? Too early? [more inside]
posted by alshain on Aug 24, 2012 - 43 answers

Fun kid-friendly games for 1st Gen iPod Touch

Fun, simple, kid-friendly games/apps for a 1st Generation iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Aug 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Need games for a picnic for all ages

What are some good games to play at a picnic for a large group of people with a large age-range? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jul 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Seeking two-device iOS turn-based games.

I'm in the front passenger seat with my iPhone. My six year old son is in the back seat with an iPad. What turn-based games can we play, each using our own device. The iPad does not have an Internet connection. [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Good platformer games for young kids?

Good flash platformers for young kids (5-6?) [more inside]
posted by true on Mar 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Gym games for 13 year olds?

Fun PE Games for middle school kids? (Stuff you can play in a gym with 30 kids and fairly good ball/mat/whatever resources) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Combat system for Pokemon pen and paper game?

Calling all Pokemon masters: looking for some advice on how to handle combat for a pen and paper Pokemon game for my four year old son. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Help my kid make a flash game

After spending more time on them than he should, my 7 year old has decided that he wants to make his own flash game. I have done the obligatory googling without finding anything obviously suitable. Are there any applications out there (free or $) designed or suited for kids? I don't imagine that he will be making anything from scratch, but assume there are some drag and drop applications out there with which he can have fun. Thanks.
posted by magwich on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

No, I don't want to count red cars!

What games are good to keep kids occupied on a long car trip? Looking for ds, psp, cellphone games etc. [more inside]
posted by mudkicker on May 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Game recommendations for a Monopoly-obsessed 5 year-old

What games, puzzles, and activities would you recommend for my almost 5 year-old son who is currently obsessed with Monopoly (real life version) and Plants vs Zombies (iOS)? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Halloween party filter

We're having a neighborhood Halloween party- have lots of ideas for music, food, decorations, but what should we do? There will be adults and kids from one to nine there. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Oct 28, 2010 - 6 answers

9 Year-Old Girl Takes Manhattan

My niece is turning 9 this week and will be visiting Manhattan with her parents over Thanksgiving. I'd like to get her a gift like a coloring book, bingo game, or map where she can track where she's been while she's there. Something that requires a little research on her part beforehand would be great; YA historical stuff or mysteries is sort of what I'm looking for. (She's reading at a 5th grade level). I'd like to steer clear of electronic stuff if possible; paper and crayons/pencils type of thing.
posted by dolface on Oct 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Classroom games?

Looking for classroom game resources (Especially for kids ages 5-7) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help me create a list of themes and related activities for children.

I work with kids in an afterschool program ranging in age from 3-10. I'm contemplating having themes for a week where we do a lot of creative activities revolving around the theme. So, one week the theme might be "jungle animals" and we could make animal masks from paper plates, draw animals, make jungle animal puppets and do a puppet show, play a game outside involving jungle animals, read a picture book about jungle animals, etc. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

What kind of hand-held device would entertain a child who is used to playing with an iPhone?

My three-year-old daughter loves to play with dad's iPhone, but he's starting to miss it. Is there some kind of hand-held device that has games and such that might entertain her? I hate to sound like such a noob/dork, but I don't know what's out there, so I don't know how to search. What would you get a three-year-old if you were trying to duplicate the experience of an iPhone without buying her an iPhone?
posted by orsonet on Aug 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Rainy day games

What are some good board and card games for 3-4 year olds that a 6 year old might enjoy too? I'm think of Zingo and the like.
posted by Artw on Aug 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Best iPhone apps and games for kids?

Got a transcontinental flight in a couple of hours with two adults, two kids and two iPhone 4s. What games or apps will delight, entertain, educate and otherwise keep a 5 and a 7 boy year old occupied? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Aug 14, 2010 - 16 answers

How to hang out with kids and exercise at the same time?

What are your favorite ways to exercise with your kids? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Jun 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Great iPad Apps for Kids?

iPad apps for kids? Especially for 4-10 year olds. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 23, 2010 - 8 answers

...You know, for the kids!

Windows Mobile / Pocket PC games that can be played by very young (2-4) children? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Apr 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Daddy and Me Gaming

I would like to play video/computer games with my two youngest children who do not read well yet. And I would like to play *with* them, not watch/help them play. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Feb 8, 2010 - 17 answers

help me remember that 90's computer game

Looking for 90's video games I played as a kid. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Oct 17, 2009 - 7 answers

What are some good iPhone games for a six year old

What are some good iPhone games for a six year old? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Oct 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Mac "vs" puzzle games please!

I'm looking for some decent "vs" puzzle games that I and my 3 young boys (10 and under) can play against each other on my mac (a fun and silly chess game would be a plus, too). We have 2 macs in the house, so any online options would be welcome too! TIA.
posted by Brocktoon on Oct 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Fun and Game Suggestions for 10 yr olds

A dozen 10-year-old girls and a birthday party. How do I keep them busy? Suggestions for fun games and low-budget diversions. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Aug 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Walk from Moscow to Istanbul?

I am trying to remember the name of a board game I played as a child. I got it free in the mail, and it was a travel/geography game. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Jul 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Fun Money Sites & Games For Kids

My 7 year old son has developed a passion for money. He enjoys collecting unusual coins and bills, spotting bargains at the grocery, playing 'store' and (yikes) making bets for cash. His favorite character is Mr. Crabs. Finance is not my specialty *snort* so any suggestions for age appropriate sites/activities that revolve around the wise use of filthy lucre will be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by maryh on Jul 21, 2009 - 26 answers

games on the bus for kids

Looking for fun (equipment-free) games to play on the bus with a group of 6th and 7th graders. [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Jun 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me play better with my kids

Please help me think of some new, interesting, positive role-playing scenarios for my girls to use with their dolls and stuffed animals. [more inside]
posted by yawper on May 12, 2009 - 22 answers

What was this musical cups game I played in the 80s?

When I was little (think 80s), a neighborhood friend taught us a musical co-op game that was played with one plastic cup per person (maybe?), and at least 4 people (though it could go up much higher as long as the number were equal). [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on May 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Best educational games for child???

What are the best kid games that are educational? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me trick out my kid's Mac

Help me trick out my old Mac for my preschooler. [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Feb 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Math games for kids

I'm looking for math focused games for a first grader. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Make this Mac interesting to kids!

My husband lucked in to a free iMac and we'd like to set it up for our neice who is 11. Can you help us trick it out? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Favorite Family games?

What are your favorite family games? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Aug 30, 2008 - 24 answers

Hola Amigos

What are some simple music, art and other activities I can do with a group of Spanish speaking kids with ages ranging from 5 to 10. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Aug 11, 2008 - 4 answers

How to engage a bunch of six year olds?

We're part of a child care co-op arrangement for a month, which means I'll have six 6-year olds to myself for three (non consecutive), six-hour days. I could use some suggestions for creative activities -- running around (we've got lots of outdoor room, wooded and open), arts and crafts, whatever. Ideas that require buying supplies are fine.
posted by Framer on Jul 17, 2008 - 10 answers

What are some great large-scale outdoor games?

What are some creative outdoor games that would work for up to 400 people and within 20 - 30 minutes or under? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman on Jul 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Rain rain go away, although this game is moderately fun to play

Awesome but slightly rambunctious 8th grade class going on a school trip to the country. Rain is possible. Possibility of ultra-rare recreational computer access is likely to be a highly compelling reward for good behavior. The kids speak German. With all of these givens, what non-crack-like game should I install on the beater iBook G3 12" running 10.4 that I'm sending the teacher off with? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Jun 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Games with Random Flash Action?

I'm looking for flash "games" suitable in content for a preschool child (ie: no gore, violence, etc.) where you click the mouse or press a key and something happens, but where you're basically just creating random action. For example, clicking the mouse on the screen might cause a "firework" to deploy or a bubble to be created or burst. Any suggestions?
posted by anastasiav on Dec 31, 2007 - 22 answers

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