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    Default Board games or card games for kids

    I'm starting to teach my 3-year-old some games and would like suggestions, please. We've been playing one where you have to turn over cards to find matches, and we also have a simple Bingo game. I'd thought about Snakes and Ladders (or is it Chutes and Ladders in Canada, lol), but it might be a little difficult at this age. Any other suggestions for very simple board games or card games?
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    Dominoes, especially if you can find one with pictures and numbers. They had some at Walmart a few weeks ago.

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    He might surprise you, he could probably do Snakes and Ladders at this age. DD likes it, as well as Harvest Time and Candyland.

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    Candyland is good as it's all colours, and either counting 1 or 2 (no dice etc). Dominoes like others have said is good... I can't remember when she started a simple go fish game. I'll post again if I think of others
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    Does your child like trains? At Bargain Shops, you can get The Little Engine That Could for under $6. It is a cute game for beginners because it's all based on colours and taking turns. It's very simple but for train fanatics...fun.

    DS always enjoyed Go Fish at that age, and I do recomend the cards with pictures (even if it had to be characters) over the ones with numbers - the suits tend to be distracting and the charcters have numbesr on them but no suits.
    He also liked Snap and War.

    There's also games that aren't exactly board games, but are found in the same aisle. Like balancing ones. We have one where you hang monkeys from a tree (by their hands, not their necks ) but as a kid I had one where it was Don't Tip The Waiter.

    OH! Hi Ho Cherry Oh is a great early game! If they can count to, like five or so, it's so so fun. I want that game lol.

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    CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders and matching are J's 3 favs. She just turned 3
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    Snakes and Ladders was a big exciting one for ds when we got it - I think because it had the old fashioned pieces that move around the board, made him feel grownup.

    Can your child add? If he can add and count, Monopoly Jr is pretty fun. But, they do need to be able to do simple math. Some can, some can't at that age eh, it's a big range for those years. (well, all years I suppose)
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    I was going to suggest Candyland and Harvest Time. Harvest time is a cooperative game, so no “winner“ which is nice for the little ones. I think there are several of those at Toy Shoppe of London.
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    Candyland, Memory

    Trouble is great for practicing counting (think it also goes by “Sorry“)

    Uno is also good for practicing number recognition.

    My 3 year old has played all of these fairly successfully.
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    Candy Land & Hungry hungry hippo.....as well as memory.

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    DD is almost 4 and she LOVES board and card games. Her all time favorite is Candy Land. She also likes memory, Boggle Jr, Chutes and Ladders, Hullabaloo. Her new favorite is Guess Who but that is geared to 5+. She plays that with a little help from us, but she is quickly mastering it on her own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *allie* View Post
    OH! Hi Ho Cherry Oh is a great early game! If they can count to, like five or so, it's so so fun. I want that game lol.
    We just got this game recently, my girls love it, it's an easy game that you can play a couple of rounds of so everyone gets a chance to win before you get bored of it, and they love to shout “Hi Ho Cherry Oh!“ when they win.
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    Crazy 8s, Go Fish, Old Maid.

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    My three year old's favourite games are Candyland, Go Fish, Guess Who?, and Monopoly Jr. She's just starting to get into Sorry too.

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    Candyland, hungry hippo, elphefun, snakes and ladders, memory or match games whack a mole is good too. You would be surprised what they can play.






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