Games for Kids 2 - 6?
Christine Biancheria
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I'm often asked about what games people should buy. But the toughest question is what games are good for the age range of 2 through 6 or so because, frankly, I rarely play games suitable for such a young age, and I have no kids. I've read about some of them on-line, of course, but anybody who wants to chime in here would be most welcome. Below are some ideas, and please feel free to add your own. I'm also interested in comments about whether any of these games are suitable for age ranges that are NOT on the box. For example, a game for 5 year olds that 3 or 4 year old kids could play. I'm also curious to know if kids can grow with these games or if they wear out quickly with age increase. Thanks for any reactions!
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How does this compare with Au Backe? Both in quality of gameplay and age range.
 
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Age range here?
 
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This is one of the few I know. Popular game that I think kids under 7 can play, despite what the box says.
 
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How does this compare with Pete the Pirate by W. Kramer?
 
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You might consider Die Kinder von Catan. It's a very simple game and it is so nicely crafted. My own son used to play the free play version before he was two years old. Read the user reviews by Chris Brua and Tom Vasel if you wan't to know more:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/22551
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/34483
 
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This game is definatly for younger kids. It is a great introduction to the other rail games. It also has easy and more difficult rules which are great to get kids accustomed to different rules.
 
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14. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15275]
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Chinese Checkers is great for groups that include young children. Pack it up right after play though, kids are remarkably good at losing those marbles.
 
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My kids (age 4 and 6) love this game. Great bits. Maybe a little long for a 3-year old.
 
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My kids love this game. It's got beautiful components and the rules are easy enough for 5+ years olds to grasp. But you need to play with at least 3 or more for the game to really work well.
 
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We introduced our elder daughter to this at about 4 1/4. She took to it very quickly. She was already playing My First Uno.

For what she is now playing see http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

There are some other parents who have put up list of what their children do or should play - just do a search on Geeklists for "children" or "kids" and a few should show up.

There's going to be a bit of floodgate when she learns to read a bit better, games that were not really accessible at 4 or 5 will be by 6 I think.
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My kids liked this one. It requires no reading and is probably playable by 3 or 4 year olds with some help. It's not hard to grasp the idea of getting 4-in-a-row.
 
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You mention "I'm also curious to know if kids can grow with these games or if they wear out quickly with age increase."

Don't suppose that if you let your kid sit on your lap while playing this one, he/she will observe all the cute pieces, and come into liking this game.

Maybe one day saying "lemme roll the dices dad, I want to shoot some japonase!" and "grow" with this game and play in the future.
 
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I have found that Frank's Zoo worked very well with both of my younger kids when they were 4 1/2. They needed some coaching, but after the first hand they were able to play without a parent looking over their shoulder. Use a card holder to help them hold their (large) hand of cards, and you might have to help them arrange the cards in groups, but it's fun to see them start being able to understand how one card beats another card in this game. (Card holder tip: Put a game box inside the lid and set it in front of the child. They can line their cards up in the seam and you've got an instant free card holder).
 
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My Four year old LOVES this game. It probably won't work for kids younger than that, but it works for all ages beyond that. Note: the four year old doesn't pay any attention to the score.
 
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Simple matching game, purely luck driven. Helps in memory, concentration, pattern recognition and other skills the little ones need to develop before I can make them play Advanced Civilization with me someday .
 
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This is a suggestion for the really young ones. It is labelled as being for ages 3-7, I think, but my two year old managed to do all right (with some help). It's totally die driven, but she was able to roll the dice, match the colors to the snails, and move them one space forward each. The object of the game is to guess which snail will finish first and which will finish last. Both of my girls have really enjoyed this one.
 
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5 and 6 year olds are quite capable of playing and enjoying chess. Of course, some just TRY to play. Others, like my son, really get into it and there are kindergarten and below divisions in all the scholastic tournaments. We had a third of my son's school showing up for our chess club. Kids aren't scared of chess like many grown-ups. Try it!
 
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This was the first game my favorite game shop recommended for little kids. Kind of like SET but looking for the missing animal and color.
 
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