best board games for four year ols ds

(22 Posts)
zebramummy Thu 12-Nov-09 20:10:48

all the usual suspects seem to have really lukewarm online reviews - surely there must be one that is absolutely bloody amazing, attention span extending, 'please mum can we play X' four times a day material??

madrush Thu 12-Nov-09 20:22:24

shut the box is fab my dds of 6 and 3 love it

build a beetle

those ones with dice in a popper thing in the middle of the board (we've got a noddy version)

soundtracks games, a bit like bingo but you listen to sounds on a cd and cover the picture that goes with the sound

haz29 Sat 14-Nov-09 01:00:20

Yeah definately the one with the popper in the middle ...I got one for £4 from asda and my never got bored of it! Also Guess who is not bad and Hungry hippos. I find the best place to go is the supermarkets as they have a really good selection of own brand games that are just as good and half the price.

displayuntilbestbefore Sat 14-Nov-09 01:04:48

junior monopoly - fantastic game for that age. Have played it over and over and it's one the parents don't mind playing either!

KatyLiz Sat 14-Nov-09 09:41:57

Build a beetle definitely. My 3 and 5 year old still get it out constantly and they got it last xmas, it's their favourite by miles. And it's really cheap too!

FlamingoBingo Sat 14-Nov-09 09:43:07

We like some of the co-operative board games in our house - try Myriad

wideratthehips Sat 14-Nov-09 13:44:24

my ds who is 5 likes little orchard if you lose, you all lose...its players against the crow!

orpictureka we have had this for about a year...we don't use the timer, but its great fun age says min. 8 but that would be for using timer i think

LowLevelWhingeing Sat 14-Nov-09 13:51:47 that Myriad site suggesting we buy logs for our kids to play with?

Poshpaws Sat 14-Nov-09 13:52:22

Pop up pirate? DS2 (4.5) and DS3 (2.5) love this game.

IdrisTheDragon Sat 14-Nov-09 13:53:25

Here are the co-operative games

happypiglet Sat 14-Nov-09 14:13:59

Mine love the Orchard Games like Crazy Chef, Shopping Trolley Game and Bus Stop. Or Lotto we have about 5 versions in our house (one from when I was a kid!) and they love them all.
Someone got my DS a great Rocket game for his 5th birthday where you move a spaceman around the board and there is a plunger which must have loads of tubing underneath and you choose a colour press the plunger and someones spaceman pops off the board and has to start again. The winner gets to stick their spaceman in a foam space rocket and 'blast offf' and I kid you not I have hit the ceiling with this rocket. It is just an ace game. Just had a look its called Rocket Race by a company called Drummond Park.... My two DS (4 and 5) love it and its quick to play as well

jelliebelly Sat 14-Nov-09 15:04:46

Orchard Toys Walk the Plank is a firm favourite in our house as well as any version of Snakes and Ladders (we seem to have several!).

Also, not strictly a board game but Pop up pirate gets used loads.

zebramummy Sun 15-Nov-09 14:28:10

pop up pirates - i bought it when he had just turned three and let us just say that he was not exactly ready for it; i am still finding those little plastic knives around the house till this day. i wish i had bought it a bit later as i am sure that he would love it now; except that it is the kind of game that costs too much to buy twice in two years

dizzydixies Sun 15-Nov-09 14:32:43

ours like PICTUREKA (sp?)

DottyDot Sun 15-Nov-09 14:32:58

Our ds's both love Guess Who, Connect 4 (not a board game but similar!), Hungry Hippos (too noisy for my liking...), and they loved Tummy Ache up until very recently, so I'd recommend any of these for a 4 year old.

Marne Sun 15-Nov-09 15:13:47

Dd1 (5) likes Guess Who, Connect 4, Market day, greedy gorilla (orchard games) and Tummy ache.

Takver Sun 15-Nov-09 15:22:58

Gulo Gulo is good (and fun for adults too), also Market Day if its still available. In general I would say that the Ravensburger games are good. DD also liked Buggo which is a variation on the memory game theme.

The boardgamegeek website has loads of reviews and lists of games, takes a bit of poking around to find games for particular ages, but we've found lots of good ideas there.

zebramummy Mon 16-Nov-09 21:18:38

thanks - i had never heard of some of these - ds has ravensburger jigsaws so i am sure their games would be good too. will check out the website for ideas thanks

DaddyJ Mon 16-Nov-09 21:32:51

Great thread!
I am looking for board games for 3.5 year old dd, terrific pointers on here, thanks!

zebramummy Mon 16-Nov-09 21:35:37

had a look at rocket race - is probably at the right level for ds atm although not easy to find online. i love the myriad toys website - wonderful to see so many alternatives to the usual 10 or so which appear in every high street catalogue. love the camping stove in particular (not a board game, i know) , though i may wait a few years until ds is less impulsive

OllieWollieWoo Tue 17-Nov-09 07:54:32

We've got DS1 Rush hour junior version for Xmas - a friend has it and says her DS loves it. Lots of cards to use based on varying levels of difficulty. Our local bookshop has one out on a playtable and it always have boys crowded round it! here

zebramummy Wed 18-Nov-09 19:57:17

just to update - market day arrived today and ds was really interested from the start although he lost concentration as soon as he had to miss a turn. he has not started formal education yet so i am hoping that it will benefit his concentration skills - i see it as a good game to 'grow into' - thanks for the recs

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