T.H. asks from Superior, WI on January 16, 2008
Simple Question About Games
Just wondering if anyone had recommendations for board games or similar for 2 1/2 year olds.
So far we have tried Candyland, and while my daughter knows her colors, can identify 1 or 2 squares, and can actually move her pieces accurately, the game is too long so she gets bored before it's over.
We have also tried a Thomas the Tank matching dominoes game, which she does much better with. However, again, she can only play this game well about once. She will beg to play twice, but gets bored/creative with the rules about half way through the second game.
I'm wondering if there are any good cooperative or active games out there that people would recommend for this age or even 3 year olds? Thanks so much!
S.H. answers from Minneapolis on January 19, 2008
K.L. answers from Minneapolis on January 18, 2008
How about Chutes and Ladders? Hi-Ho Cheery O? How about a memory game? Just a few suggestions. Hope this helps.
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on January 17, 2008
I highly recommend Cariboo for that age. My son loved it and it was more interesting to him at that age than moving a piece along a board. Because you use a "key" to open a little trap door on each turn it was an easy way to teach the concept of taking turns (i.e. when you have the key it is your turn). It teaches colors, shapes, ABC, and counting (I sometimes had to help my son with the counting at 2.5yo). There is no "winner" in this game, you are working together to find the treasure.
From this game we moved on to Candyland and Hullabaloo. The Snail Pace Race is another short cooperative game. My son is a game fanatic! So at 3.5, we added "Hungry, Hungry Hippos", "The Ladybug Game" (I bought this on drugstore.com and it is a big hit), "Junior Monopoly", and "Travel Blockus."
It is very typical at this age for them to want to play and then get bored in the middle or want to experiment with the rules.
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J.S. answers from Minneapolis on January 18, 2008
Our daughter likes Break the Ice. She also likes hopscotch. She does not follow the rules exactly, but likes drawing out the squares, throwing a "rock", and hop. We have tile and hardwood floors so we use chalk or crayola' bathtub crayons both wipe clean. On carpet you can use tape or yarn.
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K.C. answers from Minneapolis on January 17, 2008
Hi-ho Cherry O is great. It teaches early math and counting skills. There are a number of games from Discovrey Toys that are wonderful as well. If you go online you would probably find a bunch. The one I am thinking of specifically is called Roll and Play. There is also another good one by Fisher Price called Go Fish. That is good for matching and color recognition, but much quicker than Candy Land.
C.O. answers from Minneapolis on January 17, 2008
We play the Memory Game with my son. It comes with a lot of cards but we divide the cards up in the tray and only take one little set at a time. He likes the smaller card set better and if he wants to keep playing we use another stack. Also he loves Hungry Hungry Hippos. We also play Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders.
C.B. answers from Minneapolis on January 17, 2008
Cariboo is a great game made by Cranium that you can make new pictures for to change as your child grows. We use it in my classroom. They take cards and match pictures where you open boxes with a key looking for balls inside that you use to open a treasure box at the end. I sometimes put stickers in the treasure box for fun and make new cards with my computer to change it for different themes and skills.
L. answers from Minneapolis on January 17, 2008
My kids loved Cariboo by Cranium when they were your daughter's age. It is all about matching, color, counting and opening the treasure chest. We could have played it for hours. It comes with two sets of card: one for younger and one for older kids.
A definate must on my list.
Mom to Gentry and Ainsley 11/03
D.P. answers from Minneapolis on January 17, 2008
we got candyland castle game for our 2 1/2 and she likes that...this age is kind of young to sit through a whole game, so remember even if she wont sit through a whole game or play multiple times, she is learning to take turns and the concept of winning and loosing. games also helps with fine motor skills when they are picking up the cards or small pieces. she also likes to play connect four and the memory games....even if she doesnt really get the game she like putting the pieces in or flipping the cards. the nice thing about memory is is that you can use just a few cards at a time.
A.W. answers from Minneapolis on January 18, 2008
The responses you've gotten are great (and a big help to me too - I've got a 3 year old and will be looking for some of these games). There's one that my daughter enjoyed when she was two and we still play with it. It's called Animal Bingo. We found it at the museum gift shop at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, but I'm sure it's available elsewhere. Similar to many of the games suggested, it matches pairs of animals. It's also great for communication - getting the kids to recognize the different types of animals.