We've found board games for kids under three! Are they any fun? Can littles really follow the instructions and have a good time? Read on to learn Brianna and Monkey's experience with one of these introductory games. This post contains affiliate links. If you use one of these links to buy the game, we get paid, and that helps keep Busy Nest News running. Thanks!
Monkey Around game
We are a family of gamers. Monkey’s daddy grew up playing his friends’ GameBoys, and later sharing consoles with his siblings. While he was rescuing princesses, I was learning to play strategy games from around the world, restoring the brain of a mad scientist, and apprehending Carmen Sandiego (I vow that when I’m wealthy, I will pool my resources with others who grew up being called “Gumshoe,” and together we will give a new generation a chance to prove their smarts and win an Encyclopedia Britannica of their very own! Or, a Macintosh computer(?) whatever the contemporary equivalent is.)
Some of our greatest friendships were forged over tabletop battles. Gaming can be a fun, social activity, even for the naturally hermitty, like us. So we couldn’t wait to start playing games with Monkey. But all of our favorites are best enjoyed by someone over three or five. Even educational games are aimed at preschoolers, not two year olds. I figured we’d just have to resign ourselves to not playing any tabletop games with Monkey for a couple more years. Then, Monkey’s grandma came through with this delightful game that even a two year old can play.
Orange Pear Apple Bear By Emily Gravett
If you are a grammar nerd, you will flip over Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett. The entire book is made up of only four words: apple, pear, orange and bear. The only thing that changes? The comma! By adjusting something so small and easily overlooked Emily Gravett teaches shapes, colors, sequence and – of course – the importance of the comma. What starts as orange, pear, apple and bear becomes an apple, a pear and an orange bear. A delightfully simple read.
The board book was hardier than usual; sturdy is an understatement! The pages were super thick – at least 2-3 mm and easily withstood the best efforts of my herculean toddler. The illustrations – simple soft watercolors – brought the corresponding text to life. If it were up to only me, I would give it a solid five eggs.
Unfortunately, the clever grammatical tricks were lost on my toddler. The little bean could not get past the first four pages without discarding it in search of a more stimulating book. So overall? I would have to say that at this point in her development, its three eggs.
I have not lost hope though! After returning the board book to the library, I went on amazon and bought the hardcover. She may not like it now, but I foresee Orange Pear Apple Bear being a useful teaching tool when she begins learning the importance proper grammar and punctuation in effective communication!
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Gravett, E. (2006). Orange pear apple bear. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster/Little Simon.
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