Have you guys heard of this game?
I can't remember where I first heard of it, but I found it on sale one day on Amazon, and tucked it away for a rainy day. Or Monkey's birthday, that worked. We got the Inventions one first.
He LOVED it. So does everyone, actually. We have played it with grandparents and aunts/uncles and it's a hit. It's also really compact and easy to fit in your purse for when you're waiting at vision therapy appointments or pizza places ...
So the concept is SO easy, it takes 5 seconds - I love games with very little 'learning to play' time. Basically the cards are the same front/back except the back has the date on it. You can't look at the date. One card is flipped over from the pile, you pick one of your cards and decide if it goes before or after the card that's up.
At the beginning that's usually pretty easy. As you add cards (and flip them over to see if you're right) it gets harder. And brains start working... The goal is to get rid of your cards.
Monkey likes to look up his cards in our Inventions book while it's other people's turns. At first we were like 'Hey, no cheating!' and then realized... yeah if he wants to be using his skills to play this game so much the better!
He actually has a way better sense of historical timelines than I would have at his age. I think it's because we teach history chronologically (next year: middle ages!). I was suprised how well he did right off the bat.
We then picked up the historical events version of the game (there's lots of versions!) which is just as fun, and really you could shuffle the two decks and the game would be awesome.
We found several of the Timeline games at our local comic/game shop when we stopped by for free comic book day! Did you guys go?
Also, I think there's a Timeline app! I think that would be super fun, too.