Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Toddler Board Game Recommendation


Henry received a cooperative board game for his birthday last year, called Seeds for the Birds. We tried to play it once several months ago, but he wasn't ready for it. We pulled it out again the other day, and we had a blast. We played it two times through (and then he wanted to play it again!). 

He doesn't completely get it yet, but it still feels like a fun and productive use of time. He gets to practice following directions, sequencing, facing frustration (when the squirrel gets the nuts!), and delaying gratification ("It's my turn right now, Henry."). It also gives him an authentic opportunity to practice counting and develop real number sense (as opposed to just memorizing and reciting numbers). 

It's a "cooperative" game rather than a "competitive" game because all the players work together to help the bird get the seeds (instead of the squirrel). It's interesting that a game that promotes cooperation actually reinforces a scarcity mindset about nature (it feels kind of wrong to root for one animal to get all the seeds instead of sharing them with all the animals), but it's still fun. And we're not opposed to competitive games either. I think it's good for all of us to practice losing with grace and centering ourselves when we start to get frustrated and sad. I'm wondering what other games would be good for a 2.5 year-old? Some of the games I remember loving during my early childhood include Candy Land, Shoots and Ladders, and Hungry, Hungry Hippo. 



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6 comments:

Annalisa said...

Haba, educational insights, learning resources, and beginagain toys have toddler games. Sneaky snacks squirrel, raccoon rumpus, apple orchard are some of the names I can think of. We also play cootie with our 2.5 year old

SarahM said...

This game (Silly Socks) seems super boring and is pretty simple but for whatever reason my neices and nephew love it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0026RIH46/ref=mw_dp_mdsc?dsc=1

Stephanie said...

We love Hoot Owl Hoot (another cooperative game) Candy Land, Don't Break the Ice and recently Uno (my little guy is 3.5 though:)

Caroline A said...

I second Hoot Owl Hoot. Count Your Chickens is another one by Peaceable Kingdom that we love. Candy Land is great for learning colors. We also like playing Go Fish with some cards that have sea creatures on them. Finally, we've found all sorts of really cool German games at Terra Toys - by Haba and Ravensberger.

Phae Feaga said...

We play memory match with a deck of cards that has animals on them. I like it because you can start with, say, 4 pairs, and then increase to make it harder.

Phae Feaga said...

We play memory match with a deck of cards that has animals on them. I like it because you can start with, say, 4 pairs, and then increase to make it harder.

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