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Mr Dove
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My oldest son just turned 4. His pediatrician suggested Candyland but I'd like to find something else that might be appropriate for a 4 year old.
 
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Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Gulo Gulo
 
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asmiles wrote:
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Gulo Gulo


My suggestions as well. They are also fun for the parents.
 
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Those, plus Ssssake, penguine pileup, junior labrinth. i play all of those with my 4 year old.
 
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Check out these two lists! Have fun, there are lots of good games out there for the little ones:


http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...


http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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Yes, the lists are good. But why not say it all again?

Gulo Gulo is the best I've seen yet. If I ever become ridiculously wealthy I'll arrange to have a copy shipped to every child in the world on their third birthday.

Other hits for my daughter (now 3+1/2) are Cariboo (although by 4 maybe your son is too old), viva topo!, and hisss. Haven't tried Chicken Cha Cha yet, but it's in the closet waiting for a slow day to come out...
 
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All these suggestions are fantastic. Don't know why a game was suggested for your little one so hope these suggestions help.

What works for us

Gulo Gulo-Fun game that has a wonderful mechanic allowing children to beat adults without you throwing the game. Helps with dexterity, colour recognition, turn taking, tactical decision making. And really is a whole lot of fun.

Cocotaki or Cuckoo Zoo-What could be better than making animal noises. We play this with cards face up and helps with developing matching skills colour or animal, plus remembering instructions for certain cards.

Viva Topo!-Great Roll and move game. Helps with tactical decision making, counting and as great angst when the cat starts chasing the mice.

Rummy for Kids-Toy Story. This is a neat game for teaching about set collection and the use of wild cards.

Schildkroetenrennen-Great game of racing turtles, bluffing and tactical decisions. We like this kids game so much adults play this as a filler.

Halli Galli. Once the children get over smashing the bell for no other reason than making dinging sounds, then this game helps children develop number recognition. This is a much better version of snap.

Rat a tat Cat. Has a variant for young children and is excellant for number recognition.

Monza-A game about one of the best race tracks in the world. Well not really but this helps develop tactical decision making and colour recognition. Great little wooden car pieces too

Pitchcar Mini-Great for dexterity development and a whole lot of fun.

Kleiner Spatz (Little Sparrow)-Wonderfully manufactured game developing tactical decision making.

Dominoes-take turns, draw pieces when you can't play, match numbers. Sounds like a lot of games and this really is fun.

What we have found with all these games as the kids can grow into them and you can set them up with your own to get your child into them.

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Neil
 
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Todd Jarvis
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I really want to get Gulo Gulo for my kids, but have not yet. Here is what we do at this time.
My oldest is 4 as well, he has and loves to play Kids of Catan. He likes it because he has complete controll and understanding of it--no coaching needed. I'm not sure how much longer he will be intersted though. Most parents report a short lifespan for this game, but he has 2 younger brothers who will work their way upto, through, and out of this one as well, so it was worth the investment (affordable on the web, not retail).

This is the only 'kid' game that he will play, he does not like candyland nor the latter game. It may be from our dislike for the games that he has noticed and adopted.

His most requested game is chess or 'chest' as he calls it. I do not wright this to try and impress how sharp he is, though as his father I believe he is the smartes, cutetes, and most clever kid out there (might be biased though). He simply cannot get enough of 'crashing' the pieces. He started playing with me when he was about 3 and a few months. I decided to give it all to him at the begining (all the proper moves) and not dumb it down. He is finally getting it (can see a check coming within a move or two), though that has never been my focus nor his. We play to have fun, I've noticed that this is why kids play games, they do not play to win. In fact winning is usually a let down, since the game (fun) is over. Like I said his focus in on crashing (capturing) pieces whether they are mine or his. He will purposly setup one of his pieces to be crashed by mine if it is going to spectacular (not sure how he gauges the intesity of crashing). Anyway, sit the little man down and see if he has any interest in crshing pawns with you.

Anyway from what I've seen, gulo gulo is teh way to go. I can't wait to get it myself. I just wanted to mention the chess, since it may already be at hand in your home.
 
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Well, I just finished playing a full game of Carcassonne with my 3 years, 8 months old, with simplified rules: no farmers, roads and cities all score only one point per tile, no shield bonuses.

We had fun and after finished a surprisingly close 59-50.

I can also suggest ticket to ride, as per our variant:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/571926#571926
 
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