Games & Toys

It's kind of ironic that fun stuff is often more than pure entertainment. Playing catch is good exercise. Movies can help us understand the world a little better. People like doing what they like to do, and that's why those things are often the best paths to maturity and growth.

Now comes the boring didactic essay about how good games are for us. Okay, maybe not. But don't think there's no benefit to playing games just because that isn't the reason most of us play them. Games help us learn to better interact with others, think strategically and logically, plan our future, and build our wrist muscles through repeated dice-rolling.

At the end of the day, though, games are just super fun. (Yes, super fun—my chess set is a super chess set and runs around in a cape when he's not being played.)

We could get all sentimental here and talk about how playing games lets us be with the people we love, but we won't. At least, not a lot. (Of course, sometimes relationships are jeopardized by playing games, as when dad won't sell mom his Monopoly properties.) Just this: would you rather remember sitting beside your siblings watching TV, or playing Dutch Blitz with them at the kitchen table?

In the end, this: Games get kids unglued from the Cartoon Network. Games require a measure of thought. Games are fun. If these aren't good reasons to play games, the employees and owners of this store are operating under a severe misunderstanding of reality. In other words, we really like games around here and (though we feel no defense is necessary) believe playing them is actually a beneficial activity despite the super fun exterior.

We try to stock a wide variety—card games, strategy games, skill-based games, children's games, classic games. We're working on uploading rules and instructions, artwork, reviews, and samples of what we offer. This is the youngest section of our store, so please be patient during this process, and don't call us names if we don't have enough information on a particular product. That makes us sad, especially Caleb, who's really pretty sensitive despite his tough-as-nails action hero exterior.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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7 Wonders: Leaders Expansion
from Asmodee Games
Fast-paced strategy game for 10 and up
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
All About Reading Pre-Reading - Package
from All About Learning Press
for Preschool-kindergarten
in All About Reading (Location: PHO-AAR)
$119.95
Apples to Apples - Party Box
by Out of the Box
from Mattel
Party game for ages 8-Adult
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Band-in-a-Box
from Melissa & Doug Toys
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Basher Science Chemistry Card Game
from Mattel
for 3rd-8th grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Bible - Go Fish Game
by John De Gree
from Classical Historian
for Preschool-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$9.56
Book of Artrageous Projects
from Klutz
in Art & Drawing Reference (Location: ELE-ARTREF)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Butterfly Bliss Floor Puzzle
from Melissa & Doug Toys
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Carcassonne
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for ages 8 and up
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Carcassonne - Inns & Cathedrals
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Rio Grande Games
for 4th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Carcassonne - The Princess & the Dragon
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Rio Grande Games
for 4th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Carcassonne - Traders & Builders
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
for 4th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Carcassonne - Winter Edition
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for ages 8 and up
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Carcassonne: Gold Rush
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for ages 8 and up
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Cat's Cradle
by Anne Akers Johnson
from Klutz
for 3rd-6th grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$9.99
Chang Cheng
from Z-Man Games
Historical Strategy Game for Ages 10 and Up
$35.00
Chess for Kids
by Mary Ling, Michael Basman
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Game Books (Location: LOG-GAME)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Codenames
for 4th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Creations in Miniature
in Crafts & Hobbies (Location: SS-CRA)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Elements - 1000 piece puzzle
by Theodore W. Gray
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for 6th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Geography of the United States - Game
from Outset Media
for 2nd-6th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Guess Who? game
from Hasbro
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Hot Peas & Barley-O - Book & CD
by Susan Brumfield
from Hal Leonard Corp
for 1st-6th grade
in Clearance: Art & Music (Location: ZCLE-ART)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
In a Pickle Deluxe - game
from Gamewright Games
for 4th-8th grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Klutz Book of Knots
from Klutz
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Lego Gear Bots
from Klutz
for 2nd-6th grade
in LEGO Sets (Location: SCIREF-HOW)
$24.99
Lego Make Your Own Movie
from Klutz
for 2nd-6th grade
in LEGO Sets (Location: SCIREF-HOW)
$24.99
My First Carcassonne
by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
from Z-Man Games
Family/Strategy game for Preschool-3rd grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Mystic Egyptian Tomb: Dig & Play
for 1st-Adult
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HISW-ANEG)
$25.00 (1 in stock)
Outmatched - Ancient History
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-6th grade
in IEW Resources (Location: WRI-IEWRES)
Outmatched - Medieval History
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 4th-8th grade
in IEW Resources (Location: WRI-IEWRES)
Pandemic Game Collection
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Pound & Roll Tower
from Melissa & Doug Toys
for 1st-4th grade
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Real Book of Games
by Joseph Leeming, illustrated by Ida Scheib
from Garden City Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Real Books series (Location: VIN-RBA)
ROKR Mechanical Music Box Starry Night - kit
from ROKR
for 9th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$16.00 (1 in stock)
ROKR Perpetual Calendar - kit
from ROKR
for 9th-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Rook
from Hasbro
for 2nd-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Snap It Up! Card Games—Math: Addition & Subtraction
from Learning Resources
for 1st-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: MATR-AR1AD)
$10.99 $6.50 (1 in stock)
Starting Chess
by Harriet Castor, Rebecca Treays
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in Game Books (Location: LOG-GAME)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Survive Game Collection
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Take a Stand - History Flashcards
by John De Gree
from Classical Historian
for 6th-12th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
Teaching Ancient History with Games
by John De Gree
from Classical Historian
for Preschool-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$11.95
Teaching Medieval History with Games
by John De Gree
from Classical Historian
for Preschool-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$11.95
Teaching the Constitution with Games
by John De Gree
from Classical Historian
for Preschool-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$11.95
USA & Canada Geo Puzzle
from GeoToys
for Preschool-4th grade
in Cartography & Mapping Resources (Location: GEO-MAP)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Usborne Guide to Advanced Chess
by David Norwood
from Usborne
for 5th-9th grade
in Game Books (Location: LOG-GAME)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Van Gogh & Friends Art Game
for 4th-7th grade
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ELE-ARTHIS)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks
from Melissa & Doug Toys
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
Wooden World Puzzle
from Quokka
for Preschool-1st grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Wuthering Heights - Tote
from Gibbs M. Smith
for 5th-Adult
$16.00
Xoom Cubes
for 1st-Adult
in Games & Toys (Location: FUN-GAME)
$10.00 (1 in stock)