Comments: I LOVE this game. I know these recommendations are supposed to be based on what kids like, but let’s be honest. If you don’t enjoy playing a certain board game with your kid, you’re not going to do it, and the best part of a board game from your kid’s point of view is your participation. Don’t get me wrong, he loves this game too, but he’s not very picky. He would play Chutes and Ladders and Candyland for hours on end if I didn’t lose my mind and quit after 30 minutes.
There are lots of cooperative games on the market to choose from, but this is one my favorites at present. All the players either win or lose together so there are never any tantrums, though we still use other games to talk about the concept of being a “good sport” or a “sore loser”. The primary fun aspect of this game is that you and your child have to work as a team to search for hidden objects on the board (flowers, flags, fire hydrants, etc.).
In theory, the more you play, the better you get, but there are so many objects to choose from and the board is so big, that so far this hasn’t really happened with us. I think this would be a great game for siblings of varying ages to enjoy playing together and still be able to include the three year old.
Note that there is a Disney version of this game as well. Our family actually owns both for variety. I find that it’s a little easier to win the Busytown version than the Disney version, so it’s slightly better with younger kids, but they are both fun!
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