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Rob Meijs
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I'm allready getting my 2 year old son into boardgames. He loves playing First Orchard. Not exactly following the rules, but he loves throwing the die and finding the matching colour.

I also think he is picking up skills like waiting his turn. But the main reason: we have a lot fun playing together!

Are there any other games that match so well for kids this young? Any Parents with any tips?

Thanks!
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At 2.5 to 3 I played a lot of modified Rhino Hero with my daughter. We played for tallest tower. She had a hand of roofs, and I has the walls. She had to pick a roof and put it on, and we just saw how tall we could make it.

Now at 3.5 We're just building cities out of Carcassonne tiles like a puzzle.
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My 2-year old loves putting the Wingspan eggs into the birdhouse dice tower.

My friend's son enjoys taking the marbles out of tray of that engine-building game (Gizmos?) and putting them back in the hopper. He can do that for hours.

I really think 2 is a bit early for any sort of mechanics. I'd suggest just getting used to the components! Wanting to play will come later.
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risiam wrote:
I'm allready getting my 2 year old son into boardgames. He loves playing First Orchard.

Excellent first game...cooperative, die-rolling and color-matching. Perfect for 3-4 year olds!
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Go Away Monster and Candyland are ones easily learned as how to follow rules
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My daughter is nearly two, and still struggling with concepts like turn order and rules. So far simple matching games, Sorry! Sliders, and Animal Upon Animal are the only ones that will hold her attention for more than 10 to 15 minutes.
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Bubble Bath Bunny & Formen und Farben worked well at that sort of age
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Before she passed away last year, my 2 year old daughter absolutely loved Drop It and I would highly recommend it at that age! Viva Topo! is an all time family favorite for us, that all of my kids have been playing since about that age. We didn't get much of a chance to try Snail's Pace Race but it was fun for her as well.
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I'll second Go Away Monster! as a really good early age game.

A few others we've found work well in the early years ...

Little Bird, Big Hunger
Curli Kuller
Dragon's Breath
Magic Feathers

Oh and Rory's Story Cubes, always and forever.
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I can recommend My Very First Games: Animal upon Animal

Good, chunky components that can be handled by a 2-year old
Three different play modes, so you have a bit of variation
As a dexterity game it is actually enjoyable as an adult
If it is a game you both like you can move up to regular Animal Upon Animal or one of its many varitions in a few years


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has the daily gaming blog Browsing the Gaming World in which he also often details how he games with his daughter Alice.
He recently did a series collecting his experiences of gaming with her from the ages of 2 to 4.

...how to raise a gamer: once upon a time...
...how to raise a gamer: patience my young padawan...
...how to raise a gamer: breaking rules...
...how to raise a gamer: one two many...
...how to raise a gamer: growing up...

Definitely worth a read.
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My little-un in 2.5 years old, we play lots of the HABA games, Here, Fishy, Fishy!, Animal Upon Animal, My First Orchard and her favourite is Richard Scarry's Busytown. All good options
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Snug as a Bug in a Rug is good for that age. It has different ways to play so your child can grow with the game a bit.
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We started with Candyland and Old Maid when our kids were that age. By starting with the classic and non-strategic kids games early, we were able to start playing fun games when they were 3 and 4.
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We've had good success with the following games (with our 2,5 - 3,5 yo).
Go Away Monster!
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Karuba Junior
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kzinti wrote:

I really think 2 is a bit early for any sort of mechanics. I'd suggest just getting used to the components! Wanting to play will come later.

Honestly,this depends on the child.

I was playing a jigsaw game with the Carcassonne tiles with my boy when he was 2 years old, and we started playing Patchwork before his 3rd birthday.

We used to play without using buttons as a currency, but using the time track to determine whose turn it was and taking tiles/placing them. I used to help him place his tiles.

He turned 3 in November, and now we play pretty much with all the rules, and him making his own choices; we just don't award the 7x7 square.

I think in general, people don't give children ENOUGH credit when it comes to things like games.
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Bewulf wrote:
I can recommend My Very First Games: Animal upon Animal

Good, chunky components that can be handled by a 2-year old
Three different play modes, so you have a bit of variation
As a dexterity game it is actually enjoyable as an adult
If it is a game you both like you can move up to regular Animal Upon Animal or one of its many varitions in a few years


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has the daily gaming blog Browsing the Gaming World in which he also often details how he games with his daughter Alice.
He recently did a series collecting his experiences of gaming with her from the ages of 2 to 4.

...how to raise a gamer: once upon a time...
...how to raise a gamer: patience my young padawan...
...how to raise a gamer: breaking rules...
...how to raise a gamer: one two many...
...how to raise a gamer: growing up...

Definitely worth a read.

The blog sounds great. I'll start reading right away! Thanks
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Go Away Monster!

My 2 year old loves it (we call it "Weg Monster!"). Surprised how much this teaches my little girl. Not be be afraid of monsters for one thing. Assertivity, turn order, patience, civility.
However, you'd have to import it to get it in The Netherlands. Worth it though!
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I'm with Tom Vasel on these questions - just play whatever the kid has fun playing, game or otherwise. You'll get a few people (at least one in this thread) talking about how their <insert really young age> year old is playing x or y game that is hilariously unsuited to a child that age. It's good for a chuckle at least.

A lot of the suggestions here talk about using heavily modified rules (or no rules at all), so that tells you what you need to know. Who cares about playing a game? Just make a fun activity with a few simple parameters. You can use any existing game, puzzle, blocks, or whatever.

One question to ask: what game would you really want to play with your child when they're ready? For me, that's Ticket to Ride, so I tried to steer towards that. Design games or activities that will build toward that game and those mechanics. Happy gaming!
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Different strokes. Playing daddy's games the way I've described above is one of my son's favourite activities.
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You may want to trying playing Apples to Apples Junior or UNO with a kid that age.
 
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We bought a little card holder for our son when he was two or three. I've linked to it, although there might be others as well. This was perfect for getting him onto games such as UNO, since he had trouble handling all those cards. He did very well, and won quite often; he was smart enough, just not dexterous enough. We gave him the right tool and he excelled.

Guess it just showed that they are smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.

https://gamewright.com/product/original-little-hands-playing...
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Lassimer wrote:
We bought a little card holder for our son when he was two or three.

Great idea!
 
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GeoffreyB wrote:
You may want to trying playing Apples to Apples Junior or UNO with a kid that age.

Uno can make your children hate gaming forever-

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GeoffreyB wrote:
You may want to trying playing Apples to Apples Junior or UNO with a kid that age.

Disagree on the Apples to Apples Jr. Kids need to be solid readers (usually age 8-9) before they can play.

But you could play a game like Anomia Kids.
 
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kzinti wrote:
My 2-year old loves putting the Wingspan eggs into the birdhouse dice tower.
My 17 year old tried eating one. He says the blue ones taste the best.
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