Playing D&D with my 6 year old

NotAYakk

Explorer
So I'm planning on playing an adventure with my 6 year old, who has expressed lots of interest in playing D&D.

We've built a character -- a Storm Sorceress Noble. Picking spells was quite fun -- she is very excited about mage hand, minor illusion and disguise self. Also crossbow and true strike.

My plan is that the character is going to be a big kid -- 10 years old -- so she can enjoy playing someone "bigger" than her. And my adventure seed is "There is a festival that happens once a year. They have the best lemon tarts in the world. You aren't being allowed to go get one, and this is the LAST DAY of the festival." She also requested that a dragon be involved, because this is dungeon's and dragons.

I've started sketching out a rough draft of the adventure, and am looking for feedback on both (a) the draft and the holes, (b) playing with a kid.

THE LEMON FESTIVAL

Backstory: You are a young noble. You have arrived back from travel, and it is late and time to go to bed. But it is also the last night of the festival! And the lemon tarts you love are only sold there.

Time to sneak into the festival and procure yourself your favorite treat!

Scene 1: The Manor

Characters:
Nanny, King, Queen, Door Guard, Dogs on Grounds

Locations:
Bedroom, Hallway, Entrance Room, Tree out Window, Grounds, Fence, Gatehouse.

Connections:

Bedroom -> Tree out Window -> Grounds -> Fence/Gatehouse
Bedroom -> Hallway -> Entrance Room -> Fence/Gatehouse

Scene 2: The Road

Characters:
Captain of the Guard and Potato Farmer on road, Wild Animals in Forest, Guardswoman at Post

Locations:
Road, Forest, Carriage, Wagon, Police Post

(How do you get to town? Walk, jump on back of carriage or wagon, sneak through forest?)

Scene 3: The Town Square

Scene 3a: Games Games!
(You didn't bring your purse. But you do have a few coins in your pocket. There is an archery game where you can win more coins, however (and maybe more games?))

Scene 3b: Dragon, Green Egg and Ham
(A dragon statue has fallen down in the town square. Some kind of hazard makes it more urgent than the lemon tart.)

(The protagonist finds a green egg, somehow revealed by the dragon statue's fall. Some challenge to protect it.)

(The egg hatches a pseudo dragon, which bonds with the protagonist. The pseudodragon is a bit of a comedian (come up with pre-canned jokes). Social encounter. Maybe has to protect said pseudo dragon from a problem?)

Scene 3c: Adults looking for you!
(Have to avoid some adults who are looking for the wayward princess.)

Scene 4: The Lemon Tart Cart!
(Buying or stealing the lemon tart. Eating it. Maybe getting caught.)
I have lots more work to do to turn this into a real adventure. Should I just punt and buy a copy of "First Blush" or some other adventure I can work with pre-written?
 

Zio_the_dark

Explorer
Indeed I play with my 7 and 4 years old kids using a virtual tabletop projected on a tv and I must say that even if you prep nothing in advance (almost) they have so much imagination that it's easy to work a story from there. I was surprised that they naturally asked around the town for details about what they were told by a random npc...my older son even thought about buying apples and fruits bring their dog to protect them and even torches as he know they had to go through a cave later. He even showed some npc the tricks he had learned to his dog fun moments ;)
On a side note I did not play with d&d but with custom house rules so we were more focused on story rather than learning rules (I was using automated process for the rules except a few dice roll here and there because they like rolling dices ^^)
A sad note the dog was badly wounded by a strange worm monster bouhhhh....
 

uzirath

Explorer
I've run a lot of games (both GURPS and D&D) with my own kids and their friends, including kids as young as five and I agree that you don't need much prep at all.

Your scenario sounds wonderful and should work well. Be prepared, however, for the kid to take things in entirely unexpected directions. Let their imagination lead the way. "What do you think is in the box?" "Um, butterflies!" "That's exactly right... a cloud of colorful butterflies fills the room..."

I've found that basic puzzles that seem entirely transparent to adults are tons of fun for kids. I've done things as simple as having a first room with a pile of long planks and then the second room has a fissure that they have to cross. SQUEALS of joy when someone thinks of going back to get the planks.
 

akr71

Explorer
I think you've done enough prep. How are you at improvising? The thing about playing with kids is that their imagination and creative thinking is off the charts! Once she gets the hang of it and realizes she can do ANYTHING, she likely will.

Its too bad Find Familiar isn't on the Sorcerer spell list. You could provide a well trained beloved pet if you are concerned it might be too much for a solo adventure.
 

Quartz

Explorer
I believe there's an old thread about someone doing much the same as you.. I'm sure someone with a better memory will dredge it up.
 

Salthorae

Imperial Mountain Dew Taster
I think you've done enough prep. How are you at improvising? The thing about playing with kids is that their imagination and creative thinking is off the charts! Once she gets the hang of it and realizes she can do ANYTHING, she likely will.

Its too bad Find Familiar isn't on the Sorcerer spell list. You could provide a well trained beloved pet if you are concerned it might be too much for a solo adventure.
Seems like she's a human, she could start with magic initiate sorcerer and get two more cantrips and Find Familiar
 

NotAYakk

Explorer
For a pet, Scene 3b: Dragon, Green Egg and Ham should deliver her a Pseudodragon ally.

I just have to find some bad jokes to use.

Why couldn’t the dragon eat his birthday cake?
He destroyed it while trying to blow out the candles.

Why did the Dragon Cross the Road?
He wanted to eat some chicken.

Why do dwarves hunt dragons in the morning?
Because the early beard gets the wyrm

Have you ever seen a baby dragon eating ice cream?
It'll melt your heart.

Why are dragons such good story tellers?
Because they have long tails

From here: https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/8dlda5
What do you get if you cross a river with a suit of armour?"
"I don't know?"
"Let's find out!" (throws someone in armor into water)

-What do you call a bear with no teeth? -Hungry. (or gummy bear)

-What do you call a pig who knows karate? Amazing. (or pork chop)

-What do you call an alligator in a vest? -Stuck. (Investi-gator)

What do elves learn in school? The elf-abet. Get it? Because it sounds just like the alphabet, but it's the elf-a-bet! Because they're elves.

What do you call a halfling marriage? A full-ling. A FULL-ling. Because they are both HALF-lings. And two halfs makes a full. Why aren't you laughing?

Do you know what a dragon’s fart smells like? Proceed to fart on party

Have him act like a host, offer to prepare them food. Whatever they ask for, serve steak instead (particularly if anyone is a vegetarian). When they complain, say it was a simple mis-steak.

Why did the dragon cross the road? To get the gold on the other side!

-Knock, knock.
-Who's there?
-[PC's name]
-[name] who?
-You don't know who you are! Hahaha

How do you scale a [field/mountain/forest/village?]
proceeds to place a scale on the ground

How do you end a [stroy, list] quickly?
You dont let it dragon too long!

I’ve met Elves and half-elf’s, Orcs and half-orc’s, but I’ve yet to meet a full blooded Ling.

A human, an elf and a dwarf enter a bar. A fly lands in each of their drinks. The human flicks the fly out and downs his, the elf pushes his away, and the dwarf lifts the fly and shakes it yelling, “spit it out ya thieving bugger”


Our bard uses only one chord to create an illusion.

It's A minor.
 

NotAYakk

Explorer
Scene 3: The Town Square

Scene 3a.1: Dragon, Green Egg and Ham

You hear the festival going on in the town square. When you enter it, you see something new: a huge, dark dragon in the middle of the town square. Your heart starts to pound.

Now you have read about dragons. You have heard stories about dragons. You have even seen pictures.

Make a DC 14 wisdom save. On failure, you are Frightened. Your mouth drops open. Your legs tremble. You physically cannot move closer to the Dragon. Until someone sees your reaction, and says:
"Amazing isn't it? It looks so lifelike. Hard to believe it was made out of stone!"

On success, you start becoming frightened, then realize that nobody else is, and that the Dragon isn't moving -- it isn't even breathing.

There is a large Dragon statue in the middle of the Town Square. It wasn't there the last time you where in town, before the trip to your Aunt's. It looks huge and so lifelike.

(Backstory: It was a gift given to the town by a nearby Dragonborn community. In fact, two Dragonborn are standing in front of it in ceremonial outfits.)

Scene 3a.2: Green Egg.

The dragon is sitting on a Green Egg. This egg is not easy to see. Hints:

History: The Dragonborn ceremonial outfits are egg hatching outfits. That is strange?
Perception: As you pass the Dragon, you see a green glow coming from between its legs.
Insight: You feel something pulling you towards the dragon. Sort of the opposite of the Fear you felt earlier.

(Presuming protagonist finds a green egg)

Scene 3a.3: And Ham.

(The egg hatches a pseudo dragon, which bonds with the protagonist. The pseudodragon is a bit of a comedian (come up with pre-canned jokes). Social encounter. Maybe has to protect said pseudo dragon from a problem?)

Scene 3b: Games Games!
(You didn't bring your purse. But you do have a few coins in your pocket. There is an archery game where you can win more coins, however (and maybe more games?))

Archery: Pay 3 cp to try to hit a bullseye with a light crossbow.
10: Hit the target. Shoot again!
15: Outer circle. Get your 3 cp back.
20: Red circle. Earn 1 sp.
25+ or natural 20: Bullseye! 2 sp!

From https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/6cjil0 these look reasonable:

Greased Pig Catching
Head-to-head. Roll initiative for the first chance. DC 18 grapple check (greased), then a DC 18 strength and DC 18 dex check to get it out of the pen.

Arm Wrestling
Roll 1d4+Strength, then 1d6, etc. Get a +1 to your roll for each previous win. First to win by a margin of 5 wins.

What's that Smell?

1d20 contestants are seated at a table with blindfolds on. Each round, something will put put in front of their nose and each contestant must guess what it is. Players are welcome to say anything from normal to absolutely absurd things. Last one around wins.

Contestants must roll 1d20 to see if they were right. On a roll of 10 - Perception, they were correct. On being incorrect, they get one more try. If both attempts are failed, they are knocked out. The DM is expected to reveal an absolutely completely absurd thing as the right answer. (eg, roasted dragon's thigh, pickled basilisk lips, a dwarf's bum, etc.)
(TODO: more)

Scene 3c: Adults looking for you!
(Have to avoid some adults who are looking for the wayward princess.)

(TODO: names of the adults, some minimal stats)

Scene 4: The Lemon Tart Cart!
(Buying or stealing the lemon tart. Eating it. Maybe getting caught.)

The tart costs 2 sp, or 1 gp for a half-dozen.
 
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SpellJammer16

Spelljammer
Great ideas here. Good luck with this!

I'm currently playing with my 4 and 6 yo. but I'm still learning the later rules lol so we are still board gaming it.

I pretty much replace anything I can with painted miniatures on any games we get to D&Dify it.

I'm fortunate enough to have copy of this game below and the expansions and a large miniature collection so it's pretty miniature heavy when we play.


They also like the Adventure game system... We have tried Castle Ravenloft so far and we printed out the campaign rules for it.


My biggest complaint with this one is the cards don't have alot of art and when you can't read that well the pictures are helpful.

They are actually asking to go back to Ravenloft because they want me to be in the Party instead of being the DM. While I like that they want to include me I hope they get used to it :p:cool:
 

delphonso

Explorer
Depending on how good you are at improv, this and the posts here are plenty. I've done a few games with kids (I'm a tutor) and found they react better than you expect. Imaginative, as people said, and often willing to fail if success seems possible soon.

Enjoy, and remember: do the voices.
 

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