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Board games for 4/5 year old? Recommendations please!

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mrsmcdreamy Tue 15-Sep-09 09:52:53

Starting to think about christmas pressies as have been asked by GPs what DSs would like.

Thought a game or two would be good for DS1, who's 4. He enjoys things like picture lotto, but I would like to introduce him to the next step in board / competetive games. So far I've thought of

Snakes and Ladders
Guess Who (maybe a bit old?)
Buckaroo (or similar taking turns game)

Any advice on the above or recommendations for others would be much appreciated!

beatiebow Tue 15-Sep-09 10:01:18

We have the Pingu charades game, my four year old loved it.

Hobnobfanatic Tue 15-Sep-09 10:15:27

Build a Beetle is a big hit with that agegroup

MilaMae Tue 15-Sep-09 11:29:51

My lot 5,5 and 4 love S&L, Tummy Ache, Crazy Chefs (both Orchard games all of which are fab)Cariboo and Hullabaloo. They had Junior Monopoly last year and are just getting into it big time (they're nearly 6,6 and 5 now). Lego have just bought out some games,have bought the 2 easy ones for the dtwins 6th bday next week.

Acinonyx Tue 15-Sep-09 11:41:20

Second the Orchard Toys range - has some good junior board games. DD (4) just got Bus Stop and also loved Tummy Ache and Shopping List. Heard junior monopoly is good and thinking of that for dd this Xmas. DD also has Kerplunk but generally does other things with the sticks and marbles hmm

Takver Tue 15-Sep-09 11:51:27

Gulo Gulo is fun, IMO its particularly good for small children playing with adults because there is a strong advantage to having tiny fingers, so as an adult you don't have to 'lose' tactically, you will be hammered quite genuinely nearly every time grin. (The boardgamegeek site that the link is to has loads of reviews of childrens games btw.)

RosieMBanks Tue 15-Sep-09 11:52:55

Another vote for games from Orchard Toys - here's the link
Tummy Ache (top favourite), Pop to the Shops, Greedy Gorilla, Wild World Lotto and Walk the Plank have all been excellent buys...the games are educational and great fun.

jelliebelly Tue 15-Sep-09 11:54:37

Anything from Orchard Toys is great - ds (nearly 4)loves Walk the Plank (and he is not the worlds greatest at sitting still at the best of times!!)

ramonaquimby Tue 15-Sep-09 11:55:26

was also going to say Orchard Toys games too. there are lots to choose from

alypaly Tue 15-Sep-09 11:58:30

*ink blot* is good, and funny for all, as it stretches their imagination and gets then to see pictures in ink blots

MilaMae Tue 15-Sep-09 12:00:15

Forgot Shopping List-they loved that.

Also forgot Hiss totally fantastic not Orchard but they love it and it's the sort of game they'll love for years. It's American but we got it from a v good games site,came v quickly.

Bucharest Tue 15-Sep-09 12:00:39

Yup, Orchard Games. Bliddy hate the things, me, but dd (almost 6) still loves them......

We also have ludo, snakes and ladders....I did buy a first scrabble, but tbh, it seems a bit pants.

MilaMae Tue 15-Sep-09 12:03:49

Amazon sells Hiss.

mrsmcdreamy Tue 15-Sep-09 12:08:31

Great - thanks all for your suggestions...I will be busy on the internet!

We have a couple of the Orchard Toys games/puzzles for the younger 2/3 year old & they've always gone down well, so I will def check out the next step up in their range.

traceface Wed 16-Sep-09 09:42:59

Cock-a-doodle-Moo is fab!!!
So is hulalbaloo, but that's not a board game. good fun though grin

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