E.M. asks from Dayton, OH on October 17, 2007
A.M. answers from Cincinnati on October 20, 2007
With my daughter we did Candyland and we did the Memory with the card faced up. The other one we just got is HI HO Cherryo! Found it at Toys R us for $10 or there abouts. We also have Hungry Hungery Hippo but becareful with the balls being small, Cherryo has small parts also but we get it out and put it way in a gated off area that neither child is aloud into on a normal day.
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S. answers from Columbus on October 17, 2007
We had great success with Cranium Cariboo as a first game. It's simple, involves just A,B,C; 1,2,3; and red, yellow, green. It teaches the concept of taking turns, and yet it is primarily a cooperative game. Balls are hidden behind doors on the board that are identified by a letter, color and number. Each player draws a single card with a letter, color or number on his or turn and can open a door that corresponds to that. If there is a ball, you put it in the collection area, and when you get all six balls, the "treasure chest" opens (just pressure trigger from all of the balls being in place.) Our son *loved* it and asked for the ball game all the time.
We're huge gamers and were so eager for our kids to play, but it does take time. Be patient. Our oldest is six, and now we're up to including him in games that we played before his arrival, so it will come. :)
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A.P. answers from Cincinnati on October 18, 2007
It's not a board game, but I play Don't Break The Ice with my 4 and almost 2 yr old. It's a good one to teach basic game rules, and taking turns. I also have luck with the Memory games as some others have mentioned
H.C. answers from Cincinnati on October 18, 2007
Crainium Cariboo is the first game that we bought our daughter at about 2 1/2. She loves it! Target always has Crainium games on sale and they have a lot of games to challenge preschoolers. Stacy did a great job explaining the concept of the game. I am sure that your little one will find it as fun as ours does!
K.B. answers from Cincinnati on October 17, 2007
Candyland was the first game we played. Relaxe and let her play by her rules a little bit. The whole rules thing can be hard to get and sometimes you need to "improvise" on the rules to enjoy the game. We started about the age 3. Make sure she knows her colors and the difference between 1 and 2 to make it a little easier. If that doesn't work, or she already knows them then try putting it away for a few months and try again later. They mature so much in a few months it could be enough that you can enjoy the game much more. Good Luck!
T.W. answers from Columbus on October 18, 2007
My daughter just turned 3 in July so i'm anxious to see what other moms say. Right now the only games we play are memory and go-fish (both with "characters" so she knows who they are)... I hope this helps
C.M. answers from Columbus on October 18, 2007
Lucky Ducks is a really good one. My two year old loves it!
T. answers from Columbus on October 18, 2007
I also recomend Carboo -- my son always called it the treasure ball game and loved it. Mine also did well with hi ho cheryo at a young age, and my daughter LOVES pretty pretty princess. There is also this game I can't remember the name of, but it has wooden elephants you stack up on each other and who makes it fall is the looser, my kids love that. Candyland takes to long for a 2 1/2 year old, they loose interest.