First Games - My picks for kids younger than three
- Mark HamburgUnited States
In general, I think that a game for this age group needs to be colorful, very simple, and probably have no decisions. It should be short. Kids this age can match shapes and colors, can learn to treat games gently, and can learn to take turns. I like playing competitive games at this age because they don't really care if they win or lose (nor do they even always understand the difference)- that's great, because it teaches them that losing is okay before it might occur to them that it's not.
My ratings below are as a game for children under the age of three; they are not necessarily my verdict on the game itself. And they're based on my experiences with my two (very different) kids, not my own opinion of the game (although that probably colors it to some degree). Since kids are different, you may have a very different experience than I did; I certainly don't claim that my experiences are definitive. Comments are welcome and encouraged! Also, feel free to add games that you've played with this age.
Kids this age can be very hard on games. They also have a tendency to put things in their mouth. So I've commented on the durability and safety of each of the games listed- I don't advocate leaving a toddler alone with any game, but some games require more careful supervision than others.
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