Carcassone for kids

We’ve started playing games on Fridays, and one of our big hits is Carcassone, we’ve made some adaptions to it so it’s playable by kids, so I now call it: {affiliate link} Carcassonne for kids.


Carcassone review

I mentioned buying Math Gym a month or so ago, and how much we enjoy that, so I’ve got math covered, and actually almost any game could be called using math.  Now this one is a higher order thinking game, it employs strategy, but it’s low level enough that with some modifications kids can play it.  So this is our version of Carcassone for kids, I think there is an actual official one as well.

Carcassone is a tile laying game that has a little luck built into it based on what you draw, but it’s more controlled randomness than say Monopoly.

You take turns going around building cities, roads, and farms and get points for completing them based on how big it is.  There are several expansions that change the game play, but for ease of play with the kids we don’t really use those.

Here’s our modifications:
Carcassone tips for kids
1.  No farmers.  Farmers to me is the hardest part of play and the most chancy.  They aren’t scored until the end of the game where they get points for each city they feed.  For little kids this is too long to wait to get their points.  Finishing a town or a monastery is hard enough for them.

Carcassone tips for kids
2.  Draw two tiles and choose one to play.  This gives them a bit more control of what they’re doing and also forces them to think what is their best play.  Do they want to build a road which gets them 1 point per tile or work on a city which is 2 points a tile?

Carcassone tips for young kids
3.  Limit the number of turns.  This is more of an attention span thing.  We set it up so everyone gets 10 turns, and they know how many turns are left.  This helps keep the game shorter.

Carcassone review
4.  Help each other plan and place your tiles.  It’s still competitive and there’s still only one winner, but this way less experienced players get help.

Sharing over at Learning All The Time and Mama Smiles.

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8 thoughts on “Carcassone for kids

    • That's worked really well for us, it wasn't planned but just sort of happened.

  1. Sounds like a neat game…I hadn't heard of this one before. I agree with MaryAnne…I like how you built in some cooperative guidelines for playing. My girls aren't great with competitive aspects in games. They get super frustrated and things go downhill quickly.
    I really love the idea of devoting Fridays just to games!! We have SO many games, and we really do mean to play them, but we can't seem to find a good strategy to making it happen as frequently as I'd like.
    Thanks for linking this up, Ticia :)

  2. Great idea to play games on Fridays! I might have to do the same since we forget to play so many of our games! Thanks for the reminder!

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