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My friend just had baby #3. They are all girls and they live in a small house. She is already overwhelmed with baby things so I want to give them a game. They Love games in her house. I did the same with baby #2 and she seemed very thankful for the kid friendly, but non-baby gift. It is ok for a game to be a year or so ahead of the child, they will all grow into it.  Oldest is 4, middle is 2, youngest was born in the winter.

Personality wise...They are a very sweet, fairly mellow family. Mom works and dad stays home full time. They are nature loving people. 

Last time I bought. 

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

Family Pastimes Granny's House. 
 

I know she has 

Haba Schloss Slotterstein (because I gave it to her LOL)

Any suggestions on what to give next? This is a hard age group for me, because we didn't really do much in the game category at that age. My kids were crazy energetic and weren't into sitting to play a game at that age (ADHD). 

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Haba has a lot of good games for that age group. We have liked Orchard, Animal Upon Animal (I think they make a version of this with chunky, toddler-safe pieces), Sleeping Princess, and Unicorn Glitterluck. 

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If they don't mind overly girly games, my girls found Pretty Pretty Princess at a thrift store and it became their favorite game. They can even play on their own if needed as there is no reading required. I even have pictures of my boys (who were under the age of 8 at the time lol) playing with them lol.

My youngest son really enjoyed Uno and Monopoly Jr at 4 or 5yo. And Mancala but you would probably need a version without tiny pieces for a household with little bitties still putting things in their mouth. 

Hi Ho Cherry-o was another hit in that preschool age group. But again you have to watch the tiny pieces with little bitties.

Crocodile Dentist,

Trouble (here's a Frozen themed one)

Buggo (such a cute game but it seems to be discontinued :-( It's from Ravensberger, maybe Ebay?)

Jenga (they make sets for little kids)

Count Your Chickens, really almost any of the games by Peaceable Kingdom 

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My Dd5 loved Outfoxed as a 4 year old.

Anything by HABA is probably good.

I don't have Hiss, but I see it mentioned for younger kids a lot.

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My kids liked the Busytown game - it says 3 and up, but it wasn't like candyland - they were happy to play it 7-8 (and willing to play it with a younger kid for longer than that).  It was one of the games that neither my husband nor I minded playing.  

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Someone here told me about the Orangatwang game earlier this year, so I bought it and I think that would be great for many ages around what you are talking. It's not a board game, but it's a sit at the table and play game still. 

https://www.amazon.com/Orangutwang-Kids-Game-Before-Twaaang/dp/B07N1JDJT2/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3J4E6FNAL8IVB&keywords=orangatwang+game&qid=1583612506&sprefix=Orangatwang%2Caps%2C193&sr=8-1

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Another vote for Busytown.  My kids loved it.

They love games, so might really also like Mole Rats in Space.  Same mechanic and designer as Pandemic and Forbidden Island, but adapted for younger kids/pre-readers.  Mine were too old for it when it came out, but I bought it for a friend who enjoyed it with her 4yo and 6yo.

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We liked Moose in the House. It is a card game but it is very fun and there is no reading involved.  

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If you want something other than a board game, my favorite toddler gift is The Tickle Monster Laughter Kit.   It's a book about a tickle monster who, "Thinks you ought to be tickled ten times a day!" and IME it's the favorite activity for every kid under 5, and kids 8 & under love it. It comes with these ridiculous furry gloves so your hands look like the tickle monster's.  It ends in reminding the kids they are loved. It's great.

Another thing I love for those ages is puppets. 

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My kids loved Sum Swamp at that age! I couldn’t believe how much longevity that game had since I had bought it as a ‘learning’ game, but they played it long after adding and subtracting was easy!😁

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All our favorites have been mentioned

Haba Orchard

Hiss

Busytown

Snail's pace Race (be careful. There are two games and only one is the good for little kids one!)

 

Animal Upon Animal (my kids are 12 and 8 and STILL play this)

We also found Tsuro good with the kids from age 4 -- and yet still fun for adults.

 

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We really liked that Haba game that involved the mixed up socks.

Also Hiss.

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I got ds12 the Thinkfun traffic jam game at 4.  His was the adult one but there is a junior version.  It meant he could play by himself when the kids needed a break from each other.

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My kids' favorite game was Cariboo, but it's been discontinued, which I totally don't understand.  It was an awesome game.  

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Set and Quirkle aren't kid games, but my kids were able to play them and enjoyed them around that age.  

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