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My DD2 just turned 3. She loves to play games- like board games. She loves Candyland, and she also loves to play those Memory games where you turn over cards to make matches. I want to buy her a few more games that she'll be able to enjoy. Thing is, those two games are challenging for her. She can play them, but she has to think and work hard at them. So I'm looking for really really really easy games. She cannot count reliably yet past about 3 or 4, and she only knows a few letters of the alphabet, so games that need a lot of counting or letter knowledge may not be the best choice. Chutes and Ladders, for instance, is too hard for her right now.

Anyway, if you have any good ideas, please share. Thank you!

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Crazy 8's and Go Fish are hugely popular with my 3 year old. Plus it helps reinforce numbers.
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We liked Hi-Ho Cherry-O. I think that if she can count to four, she's good.

We also have a Lucy Hammett Wildlife Bingo game that might be do-able for your daughter. They're a small company and have a lot of different bingo games based on interest:

http://www.lucybingogames.com/

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Oh I forgot about Bingo! My ds loves Bingo, we have a superhero version.
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DS loves to play Hungry Hungry Hippos and Cootie Bugs.
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Zingo! My favorite for that age. These are more expensive, but we also love Haba's Orchard, and a butterfly game called Schmetti Coloretti:
http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/sch...oretti-705995/
(You can buy them both online at various places.)
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DS (almost 3) really likes yahtzee jr (Toy Story)

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We like some of the less commercial games.

Animal Upon Animal

eeBoo Preschool Memory- Nature, Animals & Numbers

The Little Orchard Game

Snail's Pace Race

Picnic Game

Animal Dominoes

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My dd also likes the Snails Pace Race. The idea is that you're supposed to move the snail one space at a time, one snail at a time. My dd doesn't like that rule at all and moves them willy nilly, but she certainly has fun with it.

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My three year old likees Go Away Monster. Very very simple

Children deserve the respect of puzzling it out.
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Tyr (3y3m) loves
Super Why (early reading) http://www.amazon.com/University-Gam.../dp/B001SOZDFO
Hungry Hippo
Thomas's Great Train Race (early math fun) http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Friends.../dp/B0012IZI5Q
Twisted Fish (fun version of Go Fish)http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/Toys.../9780641729324
UnoMoo http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-N7793-U...5942163&sr=1-1
Animal Upon Animal (stacking fun) http://www.amazon.com/HABA-Animal-Up.../dp/B001IM4CSU

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Hungry Hungry Hippos
Don't Break the Ice
Diego 1-2-3
Kerplunk!
Cariboo (it's a Cranium game, and has beginner and advanced levels)
Dominos (we have Dora dominos)
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Maple Landmark animal dominoes are a huge hit here. DD got them for her 3rd birthday and she still loves them.

I found animal bingo at a garage sale for 50 cents and she loves that.

Hi-Ho Cherry-O is great!

Lets Go Fishing is annoyingly loud but she likes it.

And also Go Fish.

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Orchard is my favorite game for that age range. It's a really great game. I give it for gifts all the time. Zingo is fun too (bingo type game). Snail pace race is really simple and fast paced too.

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Hi Ho Cherry O?
Bingo?
Haba Orchard?
Colorama?

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We have a couple of games by the Blue Orange company that my just-turned-four DS likes. One is Pengoloo, a big hit because his favorite animals are penguins. It's a memory game. Little wooden penguins hide different-colored eggs underneath them. You roll two dice that have color spots on them, and you lift up two penguins to try to find the right colored eggs. First one to match six wins.

We also have Zimbbos, which is a dexterity game. You have little balancing animals and wooden platforms, and you have to build them up in a certain way depending on the roll of a dice. My kids also like to just stack them up randomly without playing the game.

We just got the game Sequence for Kids, which we like a lot. There's a game board with a grid of connected squares. Each square has an animal picture on it. There are cards that correspond to each animal picture, and each player is dealt three cards. My kids like to have everyone's cards visible, although you could also hide them in your hand. When it's your turn, you play one of your three cards and use a colored chip to cover that animal on the game board. Then you draw a new card to keep three in your hand. The object of the game is to get four chips in a row, and to block the other players from getting four (which is why my kids like for us to all show our cards).
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Zingo! My favorite for that age. These are more expensive, but we also love Haba's Orchard, and a butterfly game called Schmetti Coloretti:
http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/sch...oretti-705995/
(You can buy them both online at various places.)
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We have Zingo too for my 2 and almost 6 year old. They both play, but the 2 year old is often distracted and never notices the pictures she needs so she rarely wins - LOL!
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We just got the game Sequence for Kids, which we like a lot. There's a game board with a grid of connected squares. Each square has an animal picture on it. There are cards that correspond to each animal picture, and each player is dealt three cards. My kids like to have everyone's cards visible, although you could also hide them in your hand. When it's your turn, you play one of your three cards and use a colored chip to cover that animal on the game board. Then you draw a new card to keep three in your hand. The object of the game is to get four chips in a row, and to block the other players from getting four (which is why my kids like for us to all show our cards).

We have this too. I think we got it for dd's 4th or 5th birthday. She is almost 6 (in March) and still doesn't really understand the strategy aspect even though she is very smart. She still has fun, but can never win unless I purposely let her AND help guide her. The game I think is rated 3-6. It is a good game, just hard for the age group it is rated for.
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We like Eboo games, especially The Picnic Game
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DS loves dominios - but we have the 'animal' kind (im after a thomas one for him though too hehe)....but we don't play 100% by the rules...we just split the pieces up and match the pictures together! Hes a cheater though - he likes to have all the doubles! lol

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Excellent taste in games!! You named all the ones I was going to mention.

My 3-year-old also enjoys Kids of Carcassonne.
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My newly-turned 3 y/o is obsessed with game-playing right now. Here's what we play:

Zingo

Richard Scarry's Busytown (very fun, cooperative, varied elements)

Go Fish

Uno (we started without any wild cards or skips or reverses and gradually introduced them)

Cootie

Elefun (not a board game, a blowing elephant that shoots butterflies for you to catch)

Candyland

Phase 10 for Kids

Barrel of Monkeys

Thanks for more ideas--hope this adds to your list!

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oh, I forgot elefun!

Hullabaloo
The Letter Factory Game (dd1 liked this, we haven't really played it yet with dd2 (only 2 years old)
Hiss
Connect 4 - although dd2 doesn't get it, she likes putting the "checkers" in.
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Oh, all great suggestions! It's going to take me awhile to sort through them all and decide. Keep them coming, though!

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The Ladybug Game.
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I only vaguely scanned the previous posts, but didn't see Colorama mentioned. It's a Ravensburger game and great fun for littles.

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We have Zingo too for my 2 and almost 6 year old. They both play, but the 2 year old is often distracted and never notices the pictures she needs so she rarely wins - LOL!
We have Zingo and I think it's a game that will really grow with DD. Right now we don't play it as a bingo game (she's 3), but as more of a matching game. We both have cards and each take turns finding the chips we need (I let her pick out mine and hers). Of course, the best part is when the card is full and you can shout, "Zingo!" As she gets older, we can start adding in some more of the "rules". She also really likes the chips and recently started lining them up and making designs out of them. Like the PP, it's a good one if they have older siblings as well. Both can play pretty easily at their own level.

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There are a number of Eric Carle games at Target nowdays.

We have the one based on the Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? book. It is simple and fun. We play it together, helping eachother. My 4yo plays it well, and my 2yo just started playing it this weekend and he even gets it (but we do have the book, so it is somewhat familiar). You collect the animals in the story - matching the card you choose with one in front of your spot.

So it's easy and fun.

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My DD loves the new Uno MOO game. I like it too. She'll turn 3 in 2wks.
she also likes Elefun (although I don't), Connect Four, and Hungry Hippos

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