Best games when the little one is around
Michal Vit
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Recently, our youngest son turned 2 years. The time he spends sleeping is decreasing, the attention he requires is increasing, he wants to spend more time playing with the others. Especially when they seem to be involved in some activity that tends not to involve him

That means less time (and energy) to play boardgames.

Still there are those precious moments when we manage to play some games. Like when he gets his after lunch sleep on the rarely weekend when we are home and ready to play some game.
Sometimes we know we do not have too much time to finish a longer game until he awakes and we might need to finish the game when he's around.

Listed are some of our games I find not to suffer from him being around when we are playing (finishing) the game.

Usually these games have some of the following traits:
- no too long
- do not require 100% attention when it's not your turn
- there are components a 2 year child can enjoy playing with
- hitting the table or board doesn't destroy the game

What needs to be said - our son in his age doesn't try to eat game components (he actually was never much to them) and doesn't destroy cards (well, there are exceptions, but mainly accidents).

Feel free to add games you have a similar experience with or you think might be a good fit as well.
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I was going through the list of my games and found that this could actually be an OK game for the situation. We actually haven't played this game with him around.

He would like to look through the cards as he likes cartoons with fighters and creatures, he can be given the stack of defeated enemies.
He could also assist playing someone's hand (laying the cards on the table).
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2. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:487]
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It's easy to engage him in this one. Only sometimes he might start arguing with you about your choice of colors.
 
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3. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:546]
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He enjoys helping you to collect the fruits and build towers out of them.

If you do not mind that you will need to pick them up from the floor time to time and that he will completely distract your long term strategic plan it is a lot of fun with him.
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This one has the benefit that everyone else becomes the winner as soon as he joins
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He's ok to play with the extra dice or roll yours when it's your turn.

Tell him that you are hitting the other monsters and he's completely engaged.
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Not really a boardgame, but it's listed.

He can sit and play with Ninjago (or Beyblade) for quite a while.
 
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He likes to roll dice and as long as we manage to get him to roll them in the right direction (e.g. not to hit all the other dice on the table or throw them on the floor), it works quite well with him around.
 
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The game is basically over, but he is okay playing with the goalie, so, at least we can continue playing with my older son even when the younger one is around.

Quite often he even comes and requires to play hockey.
 
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This one is on the edge. There are a lot of cards on the table and once he decides he wants to play with them, the game is basically over.
But he likes to pull the treasure chits out of the bags, so, that could keep him occupied and interested for some time.
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If you have some cards with interesting pictures and can tell him stories about them, he's fine.
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This is only a 2P game, but there are plenty of times in my house where only two of us will be playing a game.

If you do not have this game, I cannot recommend it enough for your situation.
Jaipur is a set collection and trading goods for gold game.
This game plays in 30 - 45 minutes and involves cards and some goods tokens that you collect. You play a best of three series.

This game plays well with my 2 older kids or sometimes at night when the kids are in bed my wife can usually muster up enough energy to play a quick game of Jaipur.

BTW I am married with a 10 year old son and 7 and 3 year old daughters.
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A role selection/deck building game with a great space theme and very small footprint while playing.
There is not much that can get messed up in this game, you have your deck of cards, a discard pile and some planets/research cards in front of you.
At most a planet could have 2 resources on them, but they a color coordinated so easily put back if they get moved around.

My 3 year old daughter loves playing with the ships while we play this game.

Another plus is you can play a game in 45 minutes or less depending on the number of players.
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