"Next level games" for kids?

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My 4yr old really enjoys playing games... Uno, Connect 4 and other Peaceable Kingdom titles. She's not quite there but I'm wanting to find what might be the next step games for her. Haba titles maybe? Any thoughts? 

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18 months ago

Spot It! might just be picture matching, but it's mighty fun.

Ticket To Ride First Journey is a great ease into more advanced games, but it's still making decisions and set collection.

My Little Scythe is probably too advanced, but it's a good one to keep in mind. Distills Scythe down to the core, but has nice themes like friendship helping each other out.

Supporter18 months ago

This is for kids so Spot it might be perfect haha! While I am hoping that she'll grow into liking the games I like, I don't see the need to push her into them for the sake of having a 6 year old who can play Foodchain magnate with me lol. 

I like the other suggestions as well. 

Supporter18 months ago

I can recommend Outfoxed!

Or maybe Peek-A-Doodle Doo! by Fat Brain toys that is a memory game.

As well as the Blue Orange Games Pengoloo Award Winning Wooden Skill Building Memory Color Recognition Game for Kids

Supporter18 months ago

Good recommendations! I don't have those either

18 months ago

No Thanks could be a fun one. Simple but kind of a push your luck type mechanic!

18 months ago

Just realized they might want to eat the little chips...so beware lol

Supporter18 months ago

thanks for the recommendation

18 months ago

Tournament of Towers and Santorini are the two in my collection that I'm hoping to get my son playing when he's old enough.

Supporter18 months ago

I'll have to get those. I'm thinking I might have her "play" with me through Stuffed Fables. 

18 months ago

How is Stuffed Fables? And what's the youngest age you'd suggest to play?

Supporter18 months ago

I haven't gotten it to the table yet but I'm excited to. I've heard Eric Summerer is a big fan and plays it with his 6 or 7 year old. I think he helps them along through their turns. 

Supporter18 months ago

I've had decent success with young kids and  Forbidden Island. The strategy might technically be above a 4 or 5 year olds head, but they love trying to claim the pretty pieces. I have played it with five year olds who have done quite well. 

Supporter18 months ago

Cool. I'm going to have to try to let her join in

18 months ago

I'll have to try Forbidden Island with my boy. I think he'd like it. 

Supporter18 months ago

I don't know if he would or not. But my almost 3 year old son loves "playing" it with me. Really, I'm soloing it, but he is moving the peices, flipping the tiles, and, most importantly, claiming the fire. 

Supporter18 months ago

haha! Gotta get that fire! It's my favorite treasure too, I think. She does enjoy helping along as well. I just need to find a few games with enough of that happening (Forbidden Island is a good one) for her stay engaged with helping and not grabbing and playing with the pieces. 

Supporter18 months ago

You can sort of include them in a lot of games if you do it with care. When I am playing Scythe while my son is in the room, he knows to leave stuff alone. But, when I deploy a mech I make a big deal of it. I call him over I tell him which mech to deploy and where to deploy it to. He loves that. And, it engages him without disrupting the game state.

Supporter18 months ago

That's great. I'll have to try it

18 months ago

My four-year-old loves anything he can get his hands on. Games I'll actually let him play, however, are far fewer haha

One of his favorites is My First Castle Panic. He's even played it solo (unprompted). Other good ones for that age are Coconuts, Yummy Yummy Pancake, and a home-brew RPG I put together for him. There are plenty of role playing games geared toward kids of that age, and I think they tend to do really well with them. You'd be surprised at what they conjure up in their minds! haha

Supporter18 months ago

Nice! Thanks for the recommendations!

18 months ago

I saw Drop It on the kids' bookshelf today and thought of this post. They love it. Of course, we only play with one rule (don't let  matching shapes or colors touch). They don't always get it, but dropping the pieces is always fun for them. And when they get older and start to understand more of the rules, it'll be that much better. I'd recommend looking into that one as well.

Supporter18 months ago

I hadn't thought of this one! Thanks! With shapes and colors... It's almost educational too!