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out there for a 2-year old?? A friend from abroad is looking for a gift for his daughter and of course i instantly thought - boardgames! But with her being only 2 - i'm guessing that's too young for boardgames???
 
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Candyland!

Howabout Kids of Catan, or Gulo Gulo (depending on her dexterity). Does Memory count as a board game?
 
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I highly recommend checking out the following website, which has suggestions for 2-3 year olds that you should check out

http://www.kidgameratings.com/

It lists the following games, among others:
Go Away Monster!
Orchard
Cranium Cariboo
Monkey Madness
My First UNO
Aargh!
 
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Go Away Monster!
 
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Check out Orchard.

(The Orchard)

There are a few other HABA games that will do the trick, but this is by far the best for that age.


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I bought Goodnight Moon for my 2yr old.
It happens to be her favorite nite-time book. She calls it "night-night moon".
It's actually a lot more well thought out than I would've guessed before I got it. It has the same quality and design fundamentals of boardgames that daddy and mommy are used to playing, but kid-sized, and definitely age-appropriate rules.
 
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Got the Goodnight Moon game for my 2 year old son for Christmas. He also loves that book, which is why we got the game. We've had fun with it. Not a bad "Gateway Game" for young children.
 
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Gulo Gulo (depending on her dexterity).


The only problem with Gulo Gulo is the game is a choking hazard for kids that age--those eggs are about the perfect size and look good to eat.

Even soemthing like Candy Land or Kids of Catan or Memory is fine. Even if they can't handle it today, it won't too long before they will. Kind of like buying clothes a size too big.
 
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My two year old twin girls like Hey! That's my fish. And it is not too bad for an adult either.
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those eggs are about the perfect size and look good to eat.


In fact, the smallest ones look just like Kalamata olives.

Go Fish and Lotto games work for some older twos. I was playing with an almost-3 year old the other day and Gulo Gulo was way beyond him. What he *was* very eager to do was to put the colored eggs on top of the same-colored tiles.
 
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I second Cariboo. Both of my children that are at least two years old loved it at that age... so did my dogs when the kid's threw the bouncy balls all over the house.

Gulo Gulo is the only thing my (just turned) three year old wants to play when asked to pick a game. I'm not sure a two-year old would be able to handle Gulo Gulo, but that is only based on two of their cousins. They both seemed more interested in rolling or flicking the eggs off the table rather than picking them out of the cup.

(Side comment: The look on my three year old son's face when my five year old daughter picks Bazaar to be the family game for the evening is priceless. It similar to... the rest of us watching Cars while he is forced to stay in his room. But then again, he acts that way with every game she chooses that isn't Gulo Gulo or Blink. I hope they grow up soon!)
 
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Our 2 yr old daughter (she will be 3 at the end of May) really likes "My First Matching Game" from Ravensburger. It features "cards" with farm "animals" as the pictures to match. The cards are really cloth tiles, rather like small square bean bags without the beans inside, which makes them very durable -- even our 1 yr old likes to play with them (and, of course, chew on them). I like them because you can gauge the gameplay for the child's skill or interest level:

- Pick a couple of pairs and put them face up. Have your child find matches or find the tiles you specifically ask for.
- Increase the number of face up pairs.
- Pick a couple of pairs and put them face down. Find matches or the tiles you ask for.
- Increase the number of face down pairs.
- Play classic concentration with alternating turns for any of these variants.

I'll have to check out some of the other games mentioned here as she is very interested in playing games, especially when we have Game Nights. She asks to play Candyland most nights before bed, but she hasn't quite grasped the "move along the track" concept yet -- she likes to just find any instance of the color.
 
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My 2 year old has enjoyed both Go Away Monster! and Monkey Madness. She also likes Cranium Cariboo, but we don't play by the rules at this time, we just take turns opening doors with the key and dropping balls into the chute. My older daughter got Cariboo for her 3rd birthday and loved it, so that's probably a better age.
 
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Chrisgmay wrote:
My two year old twin girls like Hey! That's my fish. And it is not too bad for an adult either.


ditto - my 2 year old son loves to play with the penguins. He learns his colors and counts them out in a line. Sure, he will point out the fish, but mainly it's all about stacking the penguins..

 
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Go Away Monster was great for that age.
 
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Two is quite young for game rules, but we've had fun activities with titles the kids have grown into. Animal Upon Animal and Chicken Cha Cha Cha started as identification, matching, counting, and stacking activities, but nothing too close to the published rules. ("What color is the monkey?" "Find two baby chickens." "Wait, please, it's your sister's turn.")
 
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My 2-yo likes Monkey Madness.
It's way overpriced for what you get, and extremely boring for adults. Luckily, I only paid 50 cents at a yard sale.

When they are almost 3, you can consider Snails Pace. It's good because no-
one loses.

Memory games are great as you approach 3+. Chicken Cha Cha Cha is the best, the tension is there until the end because the number of potential matches is the same throughout the game, and anyone can win up to the last turn.

Gulo Gulo - I think for advanced 3's or 4yo who are no longer mouthing things and have good dexterity.

My "best game" for 2 yo's in a game playing household is a box of random game accessories - sets of pawns, extra decks of cards, dice, a board from Sorry or Candyland or Parcheesi. Just let them have it. Mine "plays game", noone has to play with her, and she is just happy to playact "your turn", "I score now", "I winning".
May I recommend a set of better-toy-quality dominoes - for now they just stack them, then they can progress to matching. My daughter also likes to stack dice. she matches the # of spots, and turns them so the same face is up, then stacks them. Buy larger ones at the dollar store for this.

HTH
 
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wow thanks to everyone for the great suggestions!
 
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Rubric wrote:
Go Away Monster was great for that age.
Yep
 
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My younger son played and enjoyed Go Away Monster! at two and my daughter loved and was pretty good at Hisss at the same age.
 
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