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Board games for small children?

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VikingLady Thu 11-Dec-14 17:00:43

We're starting to put together our own family Christmas traditions, and one I'd really like is no TV! I vaguely remember we used to play board games and cards when I was a kid once we were getting bored of our presents.

Thing is, DD is 2.9. She is very quiet and lives to join in with the grown ups so does anyone know whether there are any board games or family games we could play? She's fairly bright but not gifted!

youbethemummylion Thu 11-Dec-14 17:05:08

Hungry Hippos' though that's not really quiet the way we play it in my house!

MisguidedGhost Thu 11-Dec-14 17:10:39

A lot of the orchard games are quite good to play at that age, we have shopping list, monster bingo and party party party (DDs are 3&5) there are loads to choose from as well. Or you could always go for hungry hippos or pop up pirate which are easy for a 2 year old to play smile

girlsyearapart Thu 11-Dec-14 17:12:07

I was going to say shopping list.
Guess who?

Peaceloveandbiscuits Thu 11-Dec-14 17:20:17

Mousie Mousie is really fun for young children (also adults :D) and is very simple. Frustration or other ludo-style games if she can count up to six? Pick Up Sticks is also good for little fingers. Happy Families. Dominoes.

Peaceloveandbiscuits Thu 11-Dec-14 17:21:19

Oh I missed that she is 2.9! I thought she was about 4 for some reason! Mousie Mousie though :D

Noggie Thu 11-Dec-14 18:31:32

Jelly elephants and other orchard games like bus stop are great x

BikeRunSki Thu 11-Dec-14 18:34:23

Y y y to Orchard Games - we like Incy Wincy and Shopping List.

hels71 Thu 11-Dec-14 19:06:29

red dog blue dog. picture dominoes.

Leeds2 Thu 11-Dec-14 19:18:13

Not a board game, but Snap played with matching picture cards rather than numbers.

ygritte Thu 11-Dec-14 19:24:23

Tummy ache by orchard games was played endlessly in our house. Only takes about 10-15 minutes for someone to win so you can have as many (or as few) games as you like, and it's simple and funny to play. I've bought bingo this year (with a wheely thing) and now I'll have to find some prizes.

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 11-Dec-14 19:28:25

ds2 likes tumbling monkeys/alien freefall type games, jenga, some simple Orchard toys like the flower pot game. He is getting pop up pirate for Christmas. He can't yet properly join in traditional board and dice but is quite happy to team up with one of the adults and throw the dice and help count with the counter.

heymammy Thu 11-Dec-14 19:28:33

Ds, 2.8, loves lotto, the matching game. He also likes Frustration but doesn't really play it properly but he makes a good start!

GodReastieMerryGentlemen Thu 11-Dec-14 19:41:55

Yes to Orchard games, snap, and pop up pirates. They are all favourites here.

GodReastieMerryGentlemen Thu 11-Dec-14 19:42:12

Oh, and picture dominoes.

Cocolate Thu 11-Dec-14 19:42:37

The Game of Life.

Hellokittycat Thu 11-Dec-14 19:44:28

We are a real board gaming family. The best game I've found to get the youngest involved too is called who knows whose nose. It's an elc one. Age 2 is perfect for it.
Orchard games are very good for age 3/4 upwards

BertieBotts Thu 11-Dec-14 19:45:15

DS loves Uno.

BunnyBunnyMooseMoose Fri 12-Dec-14 10:59:55

Check out HABA games too. They do a range for very young children called My very first boardgames, list here

ToffeeLatteplease Fri 12-Dec-14 11:02:52

Lego shave the sheep. May be a little older but I know it was one of the first games we all enjoyed

CocktailQueen Fri 12-Dec-14 11:04:08

Charades, and second the Orchard Toys suggestions - our dc liked the ark card matching game, Tummy Ache, Pop to the Shops, Party party party. Uno is good, plus cards. Hedbandz?

VikingLady Fri 12-Dec-14 18:37:33

Thank you so much! I didn't expect so many suggestions!

She can count to 10 but isn't very reliable yet, and she only started talking recently, but pop up pirate would be good - I remember it! And I just saw an advert for Buckaroo.

I hadn't heard of Orchard Games. I'll look them up. Thank you smile

HoHoHappyHolidays Fri 12-Dec-14 18:51:58

profpoopsnagle Fri 12-Dec-14 19:50:20

Dobble is good.

And from Orchard- spotty dogs.

We've got a Simon game coming too for Christmas.

hels71 Fri 12-Dec-14 20:42:14

orchard games are certainly good. We have not had a bad one yet and we have had loads. We started with red dog blue dog which does not need any reading or numbers...but does need colour recognition..The Noah's ark one was also a big favourite.

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