Alright, so this question comes after playing #Forbidden Island today with my wife and four-year-old (my three-year-old just watched and kept telling us to watch out for the lava). Our little dude did well. He understood the need to save the tiles from sinking, collect cards, and the like. Of course, there was a lot of helping him, but since we made it seem like he was making all the decisions, he loved it. We played on the very easiest of difficulties (and nearly lost haha) and had a good time. He loved playing and is excited to play again.
Forbidden Island was an easy one to play with him because it is cooperative and not a lot going on. The age on the box says 10+ and I think that's about right for strategic decision making. But, for participation, this one worked out great.
So the question is, what are some games you'd normally play on game night or with your spouse or whatever (that's not designed for kids) that is adabtable for younger children?
Another game my four-year-old loves (and is really good at) is #Crokinole. We play by all the rules and he is legitimately good at it. I like playing these kinds of games witht him because 1) he loves playing my games with me, and 2) it's not as mundane as it could otherwise be. Still, I enjoy playing games like #My First Castle Panic and #Yummy Yummy Pancake, but it's always nice to start advancing him from an early age. :)