I love Candyland. I loved it as a child and love it now. This game teaches colors, counting, taking turns, and following rules. It requires no skills at all. This was the first game Brayden played and the first game Kaitlyn played. They both started at age two.
Hi Ho Cherry-O is another game I have fond memories of from childhood. This game teaches counting, following rules, and taking turns. This is my favorite game for practicing math skills. Kaitlyn, at 2.5, still doesn't really play this correctly. She doesn't have the patience for it yet. She loves playing with it, but not playing it. I believe we got this when Brayden was 3.5 and he did great at that age.
HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS
Worth Owning? Definitely.
There you have it! You really can't go wrong with these games. They have been around forever, and I think it is because they are good games. As you build your collect, try to vary skills they teach. Also, vary the games that require a lot of thought along with games that are basically just fun--although even the fun ones do offer some skills learned.
We have a lot of games because we play games often. Here is my attempt at a list of ordering them from favorite to not. It is hard because it depends on age, but I will do my best to put them in my personal list of best to not-best (I don't want to say worst because I love them all).
- Candyland--I am putting this first because it can be played by various ages.
- Hi-Ho Cherrio
- Leapfrog Bingo
- Chutes and Ladders
- Let's Go Fishin'
- Colorforms Silly Face
- Don't Break The Ice
- Hungry Hungry Hippo