Both kids are really into playing games right now. I'm actually surprised with the games they can play and how they're willing to try games far above their comprehension. Anisleigh is 2.5 and she is quite the Uno player.
When I was growing up games were king entertainment-wise. I've carried that love into adulthood and now I want to pass it on to the kids. There are so many fun, smart games being created right now, and there are a lot of classics the kids love as well. Here's a few beyond Go Fish, Crazy 8 and other typical kid games.
We discovered this game at an independent toy shop in Ocean Shores. It's really simple, and can be boring for adults, but it is great for kids because it teaches basic patterning. Ainsleigh can play this one on her own as long as I repeat the pattern as she's playing. All kids have to recognize is the colors red and green and the numbers 1, 2 and 3 so they can play from an early age even though the box recommends the game for children 5 and up.
We all love this cooperative game from Peaceable Kingdom. Once kids know their colors they can play Hoot Owl Hoot. Ainsleigh and Bennett both love it.
And speaking of cooperative games I think Richard Scarry's Busytown Game is our top game. We play it often, and we've enjoyed it for years.
The Airport Game is great as well, but you have to brace yourself for the set-up process and tiny cards that are nearly impossible to keep track of.
Thinkfun Roll and Play Game
I bought this game for Ainsleigh, but both kids love it. I like that it can be played with one child, or a large group. It would even work in a classroom setting. I think Ainsleigh will be getting the Move and Groove version for her next birthday.
And of course, Uno. It's a classic, right?
Bennett is enjoying family game time so much he's been choosing games with Jon and I after Ainsleigh is in bed over stories. It means making sure we read during the day, but I don't mind because it's fun to spend that special time with him.