4 yr old favs with Dad
steve cole
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New Albany
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Evenings at my house are spent doing homework with the kids. Most of the time, Mom is helping my 5th grader while I'm occupying my 4 year old. Every evening for the last several weeks, she has wanted to play games with Dad. With a few rules modifications, it turns out to be educational and fun for both of us. Here are some of the games we have been playing.
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1. Board Game: Halli Galli [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:4435]
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This one seems to be her favorite right now. We go with pattern recognition. 3 snowmen, 3 trees - hit the bell. Great for quick thinking and reaction too. And who doesn't love to smack that bell.
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2. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Amazing Flea Circus [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:6220]
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She knows her numbers fairly well. The concept of 1 dog = 2 points and 1 cat = 1 point can really test her. She loves to take the time to line them up. Very cute figures for younglings.
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3. Board Game: Pick Picknic [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1433]
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We keeping all of the corn (colored cubes) equal in value. She gets that the bigger # card will usually win the corn in a given pen. Her favorite thing to do however is to play the fox so she can eat my birds!
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4. Board Game: Zingo! [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:14242]
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Working the slide mechanism to reveal 2 new tiles with pictures on them is fun for her. She has become quick to call out the ones that match her card. She uses some memory elements to help her to victory. It still takes a little to realize she has a zingo. She wants to shoot the next pictures out.
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5. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11191]
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And of course a dexterity type of game. She takes her time to carefully push/pull out the color rolled. We don't use the words on the die, just the colors. She will want to set it up again once it falls to her surprise.
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6. Board Game: Slamwich [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:15234]
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We usually only go with 2 like cards in a row to slap the sandwich instead of the correct way to play. Another speed and reaction game to help with her focus.
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7. Board Game: Cosmic Cows [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:5500]
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Rolling dice is fun. Yahtzee, not so much, unless it has cows! Moving cows towards your side of the board that match the dice is cool for her. 3 cows in the red, and she's a winner!
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8. Board Game: Catch the Match [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:6357]
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Trying to find the one item that is colored different is much harder than you think. Unless you have the eyes of a 4 year old! She can't be too tired for this one however, because she can get bored somewhat quickly due to the repetitive nature.
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