MIL wants to buy DD (age 3) some board games. What are some good games I could suggest so I don't end up with Candyland? :)
good cooperative board/boxed games for younger kids?
First is the Richard Scarey busy town find it game. Cooperative and fun.
Second is Super Streachy ABC also a cooperative game. Perfect for those learning letters.
We have both, and I'd recommend both.
Personally I (we) love Candyland!
But at 3 these games were pretty popular
Cranium-Ballon Lagoon and Cariboo
Snail Pace Race
Chutes and Ladders
Not technically "board games" but these were fun too
ABC game Ravensburger (actually you cant go wrong with any of the Ravensburger games!)
I Spy preschool games
I second the snails pace race. http://www.amazon.com/Ravensburger-Snails-Pace-Race-Childrens/dp/B00000J0RY
That was a great one for my DD when she was that age, she's 5 now and we still sometimes pull it out and play it.
We also really like the princess board game (this is for a little older than 3) http://www.forsmallhands.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=82_101_489
and the haba orchard game (great for 3 year olds) http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-230-orchard-game-by-haba.aspx
DD and her cousin can peacefully play these games together and have a great time. Players win or lose as a team, which is great if you don't want a toddler/preschool meltdown over who wins!
We love Busytown! Also, Enchanted Forest. DD is 4 and we play a modified version that is a little simpler. I always tell her she can change the rules of a board game as long as everyone understands what they are and are ok with them! The Ladybug Game is fun too. We also like Mystery Garden.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Ha! We were looking for cooperative board games at that age for precisely the same reason: to avoid Candyland! Nothing new to add: we started off with Snail's Pace Race, moved on to Harvest Time and current favourites are Max and Busytown -- both of which I can play too without wanting to fall over from boredom.
If you search, there are several good threads already.
We like Orchard, Animal Upon Animal (both haba), Eeboo Slips and Ladders (cuter version, recycled),
I also really like this wood version of Four in a Row aka Connect Four http://www.braillebookstore.com/view.php?C=Board+Games