Category Archives: Games

Games for Toddlers/Preschoolers

I created a Listmania! list on Amazon a while ago for games for the younger set, but because they’ve changed their formatting, no one will ever see it. So here is my non-comprehensive, but popular in our family, list of games for the little ones. (The images are all linked.)

1 – 2 Years Old

Bug received this for her first birthday, and it has continually been a favorite of hers and her younger brother.  It was a toy that I could put in front of her and know that I would have 20-30 minutes to do something else.

Bug received this for her first birthday, and it has continually been a favorite of hers and her younger brother. It was a toy that I could put in front of her and know that I would have 20-30 minutes to do something else.

A good game for the very young set. You roll the die, chose a card from the matching stack and do what the card says. Each color covers a different topic - emotion, counting, colors, body parts, actions, and animal sounds. There aren't a lot of cards for each color, so you'll most likely cycle through them more than once.

A good game for the very young set. You roll the die, chose a card from the matching stack and do what the card says. Each color covers a different topic – emotion, counting, colors, body parts, actions, and animal sounds. There aren’t a lot of cards for each color, so you’ll most likely cycle through them more than once.

2 – 3 Years Old

This and other Haba "My Very First Game" series are appropriate for a 2-yr old. It's cooperative in that you have to pick all of the fruit before the crow enters the orchard. It is out of stock at the moment.

This and other Haba “My Very First Game” series are appropriate for a 2-yr old. It’s cooperative in that you have to pick all of the fruit before the crow enters the orchard. It is out of stock at the moment.

3 – 4 Years Old

(We played some of these games when Bug was 2, even though they’re listed for 3 yrs old and up.)

Both my husband and I found this game boring, but my girls liked it. The role of the dice determine which snails move. There is no competition between players.

Both my husband and I found this game boring, but my girls liked it. The role of the dice determine which snails move. There is no competition between players.

A cooperative game where you need to get all the baby owls in their nest before the sun comes up.

A cooperative game where you need to get all the baby owls in their nest before the sun comes up.

To win you need to fill your card with "splashes". It can get messy and somewhat violent since you have to throw a small wooden ball into the pond to spray out the colored water drops.

To win you need to fill your card with “splashes”. It can get messy and somewhat violent since you have to throw a small wooden ball into the pond to spray out the colored water drops.

You need to fill your stump up with the color-corresponding acorns before the other players. A spinner determines what you do during your turn. It is possible to lose all of your acorns, so keep that in mind if you have a sensitive child.

You need to fill your stump up with the color-corresponding acorns before the other players. A spinner determines what you do during your turn. It is possible to lose all of your acorns, so keep that in mind if you have a sensitive child.

Bug adores this game, but has trouble letting other players steal her tail feather. It is essentially a fancy lotto/memory game.

Bug adores this game, but has trouble letting other players steal her tail feather. It is essentially a fancy lotto/memory game.

A current favorite of Bug's. You collect the fruit and make it home first and you win. Even though it is a simple concept, it has the potential to be played somewhat ruthlessly (mainly by my husband) in that you can move trees to block the various pathways.

A current favorite of Bug’s. You collect the fruit, make it home first, and you win. Even though it is a simple concept, it has the potential to be played somewhat ruthlessly (mainly by my husband) in that you can move trees to block the various pathways.

Card Games

We started playing card with Bean when she was 3 yrs old, so most of these are from when she was this age. We haven’t really played them as much with Bug.

I'm not linking this because you can find Uno anywhere. Even though it says ages 7 and up, it's easy to simplify it by taking out some of the cards.

I’m not linking this because you can find Uno anywhere. Even though it says ages 7 and up, it’s easy to simplify it by taking out some of the cards.

I bought this particular set of Go Fish cards because the ones I had when I was little were also fish-shaped (albeit bigger). The only complaint I have about this version is that they give the colors unnecessarily fancy names

I bought this particular set of Go Fish cards because the ones I had when I was little were also fish-shaped (albeit bigger). The only complaint I have about this version is that they give the colors unnecessarily fancy names.

Again, I'm not linking this game because you can find it anywhere, especially if you use regular playing cards.

Again, I’m not linking this game because you can find it anywhere, especially if you use regular playing cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Games in Play

It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve posted about the games we’re currently playing as family. There was quite a dry spell for a while (blame grad school on this one too), but now it seems to be picking up again.

Bug’s Top Games from February 2013. (almost 3 yrs old at the time)

Bean’s Top Games from October 2012. (around 6 1/2 yrs old at the time)

My almost-4-year-old, Bug, absolutely adores both Fruttirelli and Hoot, Owl, Hoot (both images are linked). The former game is a competition, with each animal needing to collect one of each of three fruits and then make it back to their burrow before any other player. Things are livened up a bit by the fact that you can move trees around to create blockades. The latter game, is cooperative. Either all of the owls make it back to their nest before the sun comes up, or they don’t. Players work together to accomplish this.

Bug has also taken a shine to Tell Tales: Fairy Tales. She gets the gist of the game even if she’s not quite old enough for it. There are several different ways to play, but when playing with her, we usually deal 6 cards and put them in some sort of order to create a story.

Fruitirelli

Fairy Tales

hoot owlThe final game on this list is The Settlers of Catan. We’ve had the Junior version for over a year, and it has been one of Bean’s favorites from the get-go. She recently started playing the original version with DH and I, and she loves this one too. Expansion sets will be going on my birthday wishlist.

catan

Games My (Almost) 3 Yr Old Enjoys

Bug will be 3 at the end of March, but she already enjoys playing board games. She gets the concepts of the games, but doesn’t always finish them. Part way through she’ll lose interest or get tantrum-y (hey….she’s only 2). That being said, these are the games she pulls off the shelf on a regular basis.

chicken cha cha hca

Fruitirelli

Hisss

candyland

sneaky snacky squirrel

Game Buying Frenzy

During our visit with Anne, she introduced me to a game store local to her. I have not been in store dedicated solely to board/card games since I was a kid. And boy, is it a bad kind of store for me to enter. I spent a pretty penny in there, but all of the games that we’ve tried so far have been winners. Fruttirelli is probably the top game played so far of that bunch.

* We played Fruttirelli, Tell Tales Fairy Tales, and Chicken Cha Cha Cha. (Bug can play Chicken Cha Cha Cha and Fruttirelli with minimal help, so they could feasibly be played as a family by families with 2-3 year olds.)

*Doctor Who Card Game is a Christmas present for my best friend’s teenager.

*Oh Gnome You Don’t! is a teenager/adult game, and I bought it for when my sister and I (and Anne) get together. It seems like it could get fairly cutthroat, and we all tend to get vicious when we play. I might end up buying Munchkin Delux for this very reason.

I need to see if there is a similar store in Buffalo…

The games I bought:

Fruitirelli

chicken cha cha hca

Fairy Tales

Doctor Who Card Game

Pairs in Pears

Find Your Way Gnome

Farmageddon

Eleminis

Catan Junior

Oh Gnome You Don't

Numbers League

The Current Top 5 Games

Animal Yahtzee

Spot It!

Frog Juice

Parcheesi

Rush Hour Jr.