It was this game when he was 3 - tuned down the rules a bit and read some cards "different" to him (left the "Demon" word out and used "ugly Monster"). This is one of the all-time-fav's for my son and he still loves it (after every available expansion has found it's way to our home) - my son's 9 now. When my wife is gone for a weekend with her friends we often plan to play an all-in-game where we throw everything in and start playing (the game nearly falls down on its own weight - but it's a helluvafun spending time with him in such a way.
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Played this game plus the expansion for a whole winter and it was fun - even when our butt mostly got whipped. Since both were brought to the table when he was 3 I'm not sure what happened first.
His Mum was not so happy the first time we started but now she's "just wondering".
This is the best thing one can do and it will be remembered when we are long gone.
We have our father / son weekends where we game the whole day, have pizza (and beer for me), watch football and baseball and play. A very good friend of mine includes my son when he comes over to play games with me - and this is always a highlight for my son (gaming with Dad and his buddies) and these gaming days have often enough found a way in his "story-book" he has to write for school - even if I sometimes wonder what the teacher might think with games like Zombicide, Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game or Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
I'm the weirdo who purchased overtext solely for the purpose of stating that Kaffedrake's overtext makes me feel melancholy.
We had been reading the book Goodnight Moon (written by Margaret Wise Brown in 1947 and illustrated by Clement Hurd) together for months, and she loves bunnies and kittens (included in the artwork), so this was an easy sell. There are multiple variants of matching and/or memory so it can be fine-tuned to the child's abilities. Even at age 2 our girl could play the easiest version with her 4-year-old friend without supervision.
Hobby aquariums are just like board games: except wet, fishy, and you can't play them.
I was tricky...I went to the library and checked out a bunch of 1st season Pokemon cartoons. Once they were hooked on the show we went out and each picked out a starter deck. After a bunch of games they were hooked! The whole family got involved. And that was our gateway game. After that we were a gaming family. Thanks Pokemon! ...everyone gets new packs at Christmas still.
My daughter is 4 now, but we started playing games a couple of years ago. This wasn't exactly our first one (it might have been one of our local prints like Skaiti ar lācēniem or Jautrā Sēta), but she enjoyed it very much. The colors are bright and there are no decisions to be made, just reactions. Great first game, IMO.