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My SO's BFF has a little girl (5y next spring). We'd like to give her a present for Xmas and I'd like it to be a game (one of the suggestions of her mother).

But I have no idea what would be suitable for her. I know that she currently likes Memory (I'd like to take this opportunity to preempt all Busen Memo suggestions: No thanks) and Cthulhu Virtual Pet. She's quite a whirlwind and very hungry for attention.

I attribute this to the fact that her father doesn't do much with his daughter. He's more invested in gaming than his daugher (or her mother for that). He declines playing Memory with her "because he already has to play Memory with all the folks at the retirement home".

So my thinkig is:
1 Either something that feeds into her activeness and allow her to "vent" it or something that helps her to focus her attention (She does like memory after all)
2 Something that works with as few as 2 people (maybe even a solo option)
3 Something that she can enjoy with her friends (from what I know she's really close to a pair of brothers)
4 But ideally also something that's not completely facemeltingly boring for her parents
(5 Needs to be in German. But don't hold back. I can check this myself)

So, some of my ideas:
Bohnanza something that captures her drive to communicate but the page says 8+. Perhaps My First Bohnanza?
Bling Bling Gemstone easy and I've liked it myself.
Loopin' Louie / Chewie - dowside is that IMO it suffers with less than 4 players

Or as an alternative (ie. copout) we could gift them a year's membership with the local toy library.



Update: We've ordered Schnappt Hubi!
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
Coconuts is very simple, but a lot of fun. The base game plays 2-4 and you can get 2-6 if you get Coconuts Duo as well. The instructions are in English, but a single explanation would be all she would need to play. The setup is accomplished using pictures, the arrangement varies for each player count.

My daughter has enjoyed this game since she was 3 (not very good at it at that age). It's a simple dexterity game of monkey catapults flinging coconuts into cups. It's worked very well as a family game for us with everyone from her cousins (around age 5) to my mom and step dad.
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
What about Enchanted Forest?

I would recommend though looking at Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo, my daughter (now 15) has loved this game since I first got it when she was about 8. And loved that with her small hands she could beat us 'gamers' on game nights.
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
How about Das Magische Labyrinth or Geistertreppe? Kids have to focus when playing these.

And +1 for Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo. We had the original Gulo Gulo and my son only grew out of it when he was 10 (and discovered Zombicide!).
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Whoowasit? was my daughters favourite and can be played solo too with memory aspects - is a german game too although don't know the german name for it
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
Thanks so far!

I believe the local toy library has Whoowasit, Enchanted Forest and Das Magische Labyrinth. I'll try to take a look at them there. Also I think I saw Gulo Gulo too but the rating looks like she's still a tad too young.

Coconuts sounds fun as well.
 
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Schnappt Hubi!
It's german, it's great, it's playable solo, she can enjoy it with her friends... and it's everything but boring.

...and it's so much better than Whoowasit (which not really is suitable for most 5 years old anyway).
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
If she likes memory, Pengoloo is a great memory game that might attract people who normally do not like those games, but at age 5 she may be approaching the end of the window where she would like that game.

My kids love Loopin' Chewie, so i think a dextrerity game may be a good idea, since they are more active.
Perhaps PitchCar would be a good game? We have the mini version and it is a hit, and the kids can play by themselves.


+1 to Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo

I also recommend looking into Drei Magier Spiele games. You may find something that would work well.
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Rhino Hero is worth considering. I bought this for my Nephew's 5th birthday recently and it managed to capture his 'excitable' attention!

There's layers to the rules as well, so it can be as simple as 'Let's see how high a tower we can make together' to following the special card rules and creating a more competitive experience.

Fun for adults as well
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Schnappt Hubi!
It's german, it's great, it's playable solo, she can enjoy it with her friends... and it's everything but boring.

...and it's so much better than Whoowasit (which not really is suitable for most 5 years old anyway).


My daughter liked it when she was five and not sure why this wouldn't work for most five year olds as long as parents played it a few times with her first. Most people have voted it's suitable for 5 yr olds?

Anyway, her favourite now she is six and would also work is Bugs in the Kitchen which is really simple for her to play with a friend plus she's plays with the bug seperately and i think the german one is called Kakerlakak??

She did really love some of the drei magier games especially enchanted tower which has memory aspect but she has grown out of that one now so might not last long
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Perhaps Leo? It's a memory-type game, but it's a co-op game, so she can also play it solo if she likes (and hopefully it's different enough that her parents would be willing to play) I think it was nominated for in the Kinderspiel category for SdJ, so it should be readily available in Germany.
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
I picked up a copy of Mein erster Lernspielzoo for my daughter (then four, now five) and she loved it. It's made by HABA - Habermaaß GmbH and the quality is top notch. She especially loved that she had a game that was just like one of mine, with wooden pieces and discs and what not. It really does look like a grown up designer game.

It teaches math skills, memory, a bunch of things -- really, it's like 10 games in one.

There are a number of Haba games in the same age range. If you're keen on the German language you are super in luck. I have a hard time finding these games here in the US, so jump on them when I see them at a reasonable price.
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My little girl learned counting and basic math thanks to Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age. Including complex things like "remember to add one to all food rolls" and such. She needed help with a lot of the reading at first, but the game sequence encourages parents being able to help the kids make decisions on their turn...
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
Enchanted Forest is a game that requires memory and can be played solo. My 5 year old does all the time.

Enchanted Labyrinth hits the same spot, but with a fun "talking wizard."
Monza is great fun at that age.
My 5 year old loves Castle Panic but that might be a bit much for some 5 year olds.
Outfoxed is a memory and deduction game that is a hit at that age. It can also be played solo.
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These are some of the top-ranked games for 5 and under:

Blokus
Loopin' Louie
Rhino Hero
Animal Upon Animal
My First Carcassonne
Ribbit
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Click Clack Lumberjack
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+1 to Enchanted Forest!
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A dexterity game like PitchCar or Ice Cool could be fun.

Cardline: Animals could also be good, and as a plus, it can be played solo and different levels of difficulty.
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
Thanks to everyone!

I've finally managed to inspect each suggestion. I still have to run it past my GF but so far my favorites are:

Schnappt Hubi! - Because: Coop/Solo possibility, deduction / memory gameplay
The Magic Labyrinth - Because: memory gameplay
Coconuts - Because: dexterity gameplay. A little on the fence though because they have several cats. Is losing the coconuts a big issue?

I'm also on the fence over Bling Bling Gemstone but from the dicetower review I got the impression that the gem pieces stick a bit tight to the center discs. Can anyone confirm or deny?
 
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Almost anything from the Haba children's line will work here. They're all great games, all available in German and almost all will suit the age group. Go Cuckoo is a Shut Up & Sit Down favourite, but I'd just pick a theme you think she'd like.
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Rhino Hero for the win! It's really 1/2 toy, half board game.
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Try Survive: Escape from Atlantis! or Survive: Space Attack! it's a game that combines strategy and the Memory aspect of Memory. My 5 year old loves it.
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Re: Ideas for an almost 5 year old girl with a tricky family situation
Kempeth wrote:
Thanks to everyone!

I've finally managed to inspect each suggestion. I still have to run it past my GF but so far my favorites are:

Schnappt Hubi! - Because: Coop/Solo possibility, deduction / memory gameplay
The Magic Labyrinth - Because: memory gameplay
Coconuts - Because: dexterity gameplay. A little on the fence though because they have several cats. Is losing the coconuts a big issue?

I'm also on the fence over Bling Bling Gemstone but from the dicetower review I got the impression that the gem pieces stick a bit tight to the center discs. Can anyone confirm or deny?


We have 2 cats and they have shown no interest in the coconuts while we are playing. I picked up the game on Kickstarter and ordered some extra coconuts because I was afraid we would lose them so I don't know how many come in the retail version. I will say that I didn't really need to order the extras. When we play at the table we grab them as soon as they hit the floor and there haven't been any issues with missing pieces. Playing on the floor hasn't caused any to be lost to my knowledge either. That's even counting when we stop playing the game and just use the monkey to throw the coconuts at each other.
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Three games with memory aspects:

Leo a fun cooperative game

Chicken Cha Cha Cha a chicken chase game where you steal your opponents tailfeathers. Great chicken pieces.

Spooky Stairs a race game, where eventually everyone's playing piece is covered with a n identical ghost shroud and you have to remember which piece is yours so you can move it to the end. Eat ghost shroud mechanism.
 
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Kempeth wrote:
Also I think I saw Gulo Gulo too but the rating looks like she's still a tad too young.

Five is fine for Gulo Gulo. In fact, younger players generally have an advantage.

Very fun game.
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FooFan wrote:
Rhino Hero is worth considering. I bought this for my Nephew's 5th birthday recently and it managed to capture his 'excitable' attention!

There's layers to the rules as well, so it can be as simple as 'Let's see how high a tower we can make together' to following the special card rules and creating a more competitive experience.

Fun for adults as well


Total +1 for Rhino Hero, provided you think she'll go easy on the cards.

My daughter is 6.5, and we've been playing My First Carcassonne since she was 4. Great, sturdy bits, and you can easily play it "co-op" in that the object is just to place the pool of meeples on the grid as efficiently as possible.

Another possibility is Cartoona which has the chunkiest tiles I've ever freakin' seen and we've also gotten decent milage out of, as both a game and non-structured creative build exercise.
 
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