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#1 of 39 Old 09-22-2006, 04:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DS (almost 3) is really into playing games. He takes out the monopoly game and tries to get me to play it with him. Okay, so we really need some games that he can play and understand!

Games we have that he loves:
Don't Break the Ice
Connect 4 (doesn't quite "get it" but he likes to take turns putting in the pieces)
Hungry, Hungry Hippos (which is great for his age)

Any suggestions for other board game type games would be great! Thanks!

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Oh! My brother's a game designer, so we have a lot of games! First of all, I strongly recommend any of the Cranium games. We have Balloon Lagoon -- for a two-year-old, you might want Cariboo (more board game) or Hullabaloo (more action-oriented -- you dance and move around) instead.

Mystery Garden might be good too -- it's kind of a boardgame version of 20 Questions, made to play with prereaders (it's all picture based). And of course, some version of Concentration.
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Chutes and Ladders
Candyland
Kid's Monopoly
Cooties (our 4yo LOVES this game!)
Don't Wake Daddy
Operation

As you can see, family game night is very big here.

Sarah - Mama to Vic (1/19/00), Syd (4/06/02) Sam (4/20/06-born at 30wk2d), JackJack (2/14/07) and Charlie (4/30/10)
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It's not a board game, but my boys started playing UNO around that age. They would also sit and play chinese checkers with us.

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Definately Chinese Checkers and Dominoes!

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Sequence for Kids. That is seriously our favorite kid game so far. We're on our second one since our dog ate the cards. Simple, but it's got the perfect amount of strategy for that age, so its not just a mindless game.
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I second Sequence for Kids, though my older son just started getting it at 5.

It's not a board game, but Elefun is HUGE with my 3yo.

Also Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

Mostly he just likes to get out the pieces of any of my older son's games and "play" the game. It's an obsession around here...

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We got dd Caribou for her 3rd birthday and she loves it. We've also tried dominos but she hasn't quite gotten the swing of that yet. But Caribou has helped her learn to take turns.
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Uno

Ravensburger games - especially the first four board game set

Junior Labyrinth game
http://www.amazon.com/Junior-Labyrin.../dp/B00001OK11

Family pasttimes cooperative games - some are for younger kids like Sleeping Grump http://www.familypastimes.com/
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We like Uno. I'm going to have to get Cariboo, it looks fun!

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I can't remember the name as we've long since tossed the box - but the tic tac toe game that kids throw the bean bags at to flip the squares over. We've had it ages & they still play with it quite a bit. Very easy for the younger ones, too.

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Hi Ho Cheerio
I second Hullaballoo
card games like War, Old Maid, (lol, I'm just now realizing these don't have very politically correct titles ) and Crazy Eights
Checkers - I've been surprised, my dd enjoyed playing this and was fairly good at it starting at 3.5 yo
Perfection
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Hi Ho Cherry-o
I second the Ravensburger games...we love the Snail's Race one (forget the real name)
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Another vote for Cariboo....OMG....that game has been played more times than I can count. It's my official gift for all kids turning three now. It's such a great game. Dd who is 19 months can even play with us by opening up the boxes for my turn. This game rocks!

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My ds got a game called Zimbos for his birthday and we really like it.
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Those cranium games are awesome. Most of the older games like sorry, monopoly, clue and such have kid versions.
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Memory is great for any age! Very simple, but I love it myself!
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I agree - Cranium games are the best (and we are a test family for them, so we're biased - but they're always coming out with new and fun games). Also, Cooperative Pasttimes' Harvest Time we liked at that age. Mancala is fairly easy to figure out.
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I am somwhat biased cuz I own a toy store, but Ravensburger games are GREAT and there are a few that work well for that age - a vehicle mix and match or teddy bear mix and match. I am not a big fan of Cariboo, only b/c my daughter outgrew it very quickly and I thought the advanced side with the lower case letters could be confusing, but Cranium is very well known and lots of folks LOVE it. Orchard from Haba (they have a smaller Orchard jr. that is less expensive than the big one), Dominoes from Mudpuppy is nice because you can match the dots or the pictures and talk about the pictures etc. Also - eeboo has some nice puzzle/game sets for colors and number recogition - Alphabet puzzle pairs is a nice one. Also there is a nice scavenger hunt for little ones that is for pre-readers from Paazow? Sorry I can't remember the name right now. It is more activity based but you go search for common household stuff.

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My dd's favorite is Janga.
She doesn't always have patience till the end of the game but loves setting up the blocks and always laughs hysterically when they all fall.
Plus it is really good for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
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Another PP mentioned the harvest game by family pastimes, but they have a huge line of cooperative games, we have Max, about a cat. They're great because they are non-competitive and help kids work together as a team.

http://www.familypastimes.com/
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Kids on Stage, a picture-based charades game, was one of DD's first favorites.
She also loved Jenga, Go Fish, Hi Ho Cherry-o, and Candyland.
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Apples to Apples Jr. I love playing that game with kids--makes me realize they're so much more brilliant and creative than adults.
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Not to highjack here....

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What ages for Apple to Apples Jr? Does it require reading? My teen DSD, DH, and I love the adult version! Would be great to have one that younger DD (age 5) could play with us.
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My dd's favorite games were

Dominoes... (great for building math skills)

Hi Ho Cherrios. I don't remember that game very well, but I remember we both liked it.

Memory.

Harry Potter Uno.
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I hadn't thought about Jenga, but I bet that would be a big hit at our house! Maybe Santa will have to bring us a set.
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Yep, Hi Ho Cherry-O is great, helps with counting. My Dd's are on such different learning levels, things that Dd1 did at 3, Dd2 isn't remotely close to figuring out.

CandyLand
Connect Four
Zingo!
Guess Who?
Memory

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Rzberrymom:

What ages for Apple to Apples Jr? Does it require reading? My teen DSD, DH, and I love the adult version! Would be great to have one that younger DD (age 5) could play with us.
We first started playing with my nephew when he was 4, but we read his options to him. It goes slower, but it's so funny to see what creative stuff they come up with.
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For cooperative games, my best game geek buddy is always recommending 'Caves and Claws' and 'Secret Door.' Both great for at least a 4 year old, a little slow for adults.
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