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Suggest a board game for a 4 year old girl

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:13 am
by debby22
My niece is turning 4 next week and I am thinking to gift him a board game.
Monopoly is the first that comes in mind but I want some different.
Please suggest.
She is active, energetic, sharp and loves Elsa and farm animals.

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:14 am
by jockosjungle
Is he a boy or a girl? Frozen Monopoly?

TBH they don't really get games at that age, my son can't cope with Spongebob Bingo

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:17 am
by vaderag
Hmm... Dobble isn't exactly close to Monopoly but is good fun, energetic and scales well...
Camel Up would probably work from around that age (perhaps a touch too young) and has a fun theme with a pyramid dice shaker. Doesn't outstay it's welcome either...
If she likes Farm Animals could always go for Agricola (that's a joke don't do that!!) ;)

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:01 am
by nutter45
Dobble or any of the Haba games. Animal upon Animal is great, as is Rhino Hero/Super Rhino.

Avoid monopoly like the plague.

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:47 am
by Adahn
My youngest is about to hit 4 - she loves playing the Frozen Magical Ice Palace game. It's awful. Really really awful. But, she loves it, so might be worth a ponder. There's also a pop-up pirate that has Frozen branding and an Olaf instead of a pirate, which might work wonders too.

On a more serious gaming note, she also loves Cube Quest. Oh, and you probably wouldn't go wrong with any of those Orchard Toys games, we play a bunch of those.

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:52 am
by baffled
Hungry Hippos always seems to go down well with younger kids, easy to play too.

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:18 pm
by Torf
Junior Dobble
Regenbogenschlang, or its vastly inferiorly named UK version, Hiss, is good too.

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:43 pm
by Barnacle
What about snakes and ladders ?

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Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:13 pm
by cliff homewood
loopin' chewie ? Operation?

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:12 pm
by Wendelius
HABA games are really good for younger children. My daughter played many, many games of Castle Knights, The Orchard. There have been a few more I forget now. Generally, any HABA games you can find will be great for younger players and have really nice components.

If your niece can count to 9, there is also Rat-a-tat-cat which is a hoot and which my daughter still plays with her friends and older brothers regularly. It's a memory game with card drawing and trying by any means to have fewer points than your neighbours to end the game.

Connect 4, Operation, Guess Who, Pop Up Pirate are classics that we know too well. But young kids always enjoy them a lot.

If you want the young one to be active, Elefun, where an elephant blows butterflies in the air that you need to catch with a net is cute too.

The betting in Camel Up might be a tad too complex for a 4 year old. But it's a fun game in general. I'd wait a year or 2 though.


Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:24 am
by MetalGearAl
Another vote for HABA games or Kids Dobble here. Maybe Coconuts Crazy Monkey?

Whilst Monopoly isn't a good games choice in general, it's particularly not a good choice for a 4-year old.

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:42 pm
by Torf
I (and many others with this hobby) hold Monopoly with great disdain.

This was heightened a few years ago when my eldest got the latest version as a present.

Horror of horrors, its one redeeming feature (the exchange of money / maths required to make change / basic arithmetic) had been reduced to a credit card. Each player swipes their card and punches in the amount to transfer to the other player.

Awful game. Distasteful mechanic. Detest it.

Monopoly Deal on the other hand is quick, fun, and great for kids to play from around 6/7.

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:57 pm
by vaderag
I still hold a soft spot for monopoly, despite most of my mates and people who know board games hating on it. Many Christmases of fun were had with that game (I collected it once too so have about 8 different editions)
It's rubbish compared to games of today, agreed, but its still easier to get my family to play monopoly than it is to bring out something new. I still do tho ;)

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:11 pm
by mjb1975
My 4 yo has Pop Up Pirate and loves that. Relative recently bought her a '6 in 1' card game thing (Frozen branded) which she engages well with. It includes a pairs game, go fish, crazy 8s but also a bingo game and dominos. Easy to explain and she gets it.

I was thinking Mousetrap, etc, - all the classics we used to pine for in the Argos book! :D

Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:58 am
by jockosjungle
Mousetrap has gone a bit naff, see if you can find an old one in a charity shop.

My son likes Buckaroo and Don't Take Busters Bones, they basically advertise them constantly on TV