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Doug Iverson
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Looking for a list of games for my son that grandma could buy for his birthday next month. The games need to be in print. My son, and his sisters, enjoy Caribou. Can anyone help me.
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These come to mind...

Gulo Gulo
Animal Upon Animal
Villa Paletti
Rat-a-Tat Cat
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Rick has some great games (especially try to get Gulo Gulo), and...

Viva Topo!
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Junior Labyrinth
Kids of Carcassonne

Happy birthday to your son!
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I'll second Gulo Gulo.

For my five year old, I went with the basic Labyrinth instead of the Junior flavor ~ they seemed pretty much the same except for number of rows/size of pieces and I couldn't see any difference in game play. Of course, while he liked the game, he didn't latch on to it the way he has Gulo Gulo.

Abagio is another one that Mr. B really liked ~ it's a good one to introduce abstract games, as it's simple, and the whole "frog jumping into the pond" thing seems to really entertain him.
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I have a 5 year old who has enjoyed Chicken Cha-Cha for awhile now. Got it when he was 4 1/2.
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Here are some of my son's favorite games when he was 4:
Monza
PitchCar (started playing this at 3)
Max

Walter Wick Can You See What I See? (I think we might have got this when he was 5. But it would be fine for a 4 year old)

I thought he would like Gulo Gulo and Viva Topo, but they were only ok with him. Not ones he would ask to play. Tier auf Tier is good now, but was a bit too hard for him when he just turned 4.
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I just gave a 4 year old Gulo Gulo this past January. She LOVED it. She is now teaching it to people. She's a smart cookie.
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I'll add Duck, Duck, Bruce and Rat-a-Tat Cat - both were big hits with my daughter at age 4 and she still loves them at 5.

Also a second for Kids of Carc which is currently a huge hit with my 5 y.o. and should work well at 4.

Edit: Whoops! Rat a Tat Cat was already suggested --- seconded, then!
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While these are not going to be taken seriously, my four year old loves both Agricola (aka The Farm Game) and Ticket to Ride (aka The Train Game).

Now, in Agricola, he doesn't exactly play 'by the rules', but he loves trying to build his farm and always wants a cooking pot to cook his vegetables. He understands what happens when you put your grain and vegetables on the fields (grains get two and veggies get 1 added to them), and he understands what to do when you call for a harvest. He can even tell you what all the different colors and shapes of markers mean (his favorite is the sheep, and he tries to collect them all the time).

In Ticket to Ride, as long as you can mark his route endings, he will play right along with mommy and daddy to draw cards and try to connect his two cities (he only plays a single route at a time). He has to be helped on occasion, but he loves trying to match the colors and count the number of tickets he has. He even understands what the engine card means and that if he picks it up off the table he can't take another card.

Honestly, it is amazing to me how a child can take a game, have very little understanding of the rules, but can still make a fun time out of it. Some of the best times I've had trying to learn Agricola have been watching my son make animal noises while he's putting them in his pastures, or when he tells mommy she can't take another card because she got an engine.

Sometimes, especially with smarter children, thinking away from the norm is more fun. ^_^
 
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My four year old loves Blokus:



... and also My First Carcassonne:



Both pics were taken JUST BEFORE his fourth birthday - literally days before, if I remember right.
 
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Our 3, soon to be 4 old year old son loves Castle Panic.

It might have helped that his older brother played it near constantly for two months, but the younger one now knows the rules enough to be able to explain them to his grandmother. His "girlfriend" from school isn't so into it though when she comes over, so not sure if it will be a hit with your daughters.

I brought this to a sleep over for the 6 year old boys and it was a huge hit. When I see those kids at school they ask me when they can play it again.
 
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My kid has been playing Advanced Squad Leader since before birth. Once we realized his kicking was actually Morse code, it was easy from there to teach him the rules by thumping on mom's tummy, and then during play for him to communicate his moves on the board. Although of course mom had to move his counters around for him.

Now that he's out, though, it's kind of disappointing - all he does is drool and flop around on the floor. We're wondering if we imagined the whole ASL thing.
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tesuji wrote:
My kid has been playing Advanced Squad Leader since before birth. Once we realized his kicking was actually Morse code, it was easy from there to teach him the rules by thumping on mom's tummy, and then during play for him to communicate his moves on the board. Although of course mom had to move his counters around for him.

Now that he's out, though, it's kind of disappointing - all he does is drool and flop around on the floor. We're wondering if we imagined the whole ASL thing.


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Château Roquefort may be worth a look, though the game is recommended at 6+ years of age. You might look at Ghost Chase, but this might be a stretch as the age recommendation is for 8+ for this game, but if he's smart it may work out. Happy Birthday to your 4 year old and I hope you find the right game!
 
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Ribbit is the best game ever for 4 year olds. germangames.com currently has it is stock. Phantoms vs Phantoms can also be really fun. funagain.com has it.

There may be other sources, but I just wanted to make sure you could get these somewhere in North America before I recommended them!
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Thank you for your help. I will pass some of these ideas onto my mom.
 
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My 4-year old nephew really likes Animal Upon Animal and Chicken Cha Cha Cha.
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My daughter (4 years 3 months) has some favorites. In order of her currently preference:

Kids of Carcassonne (this is a huge fave right now, she asks to play it daily)
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Go Away Monster!
Sleeping Queens
Wig Out
Gobblet


On my short list to buy for her:

Gulo Gulo
Hey! That's my Fish! (this one is being shipped right now actually! )
Hive
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
 
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