Product: Travel Connect 4
Recommended Age Range: 3 years and up
Price Range: ~$10
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Comments: We have an older version of travel Connect Four than the one presently being sold, but I imagine the current version is still a pretty good bet. The game is meant to be played by kids 6 and up, but my kids are only 2 and 4 and they have a lot of fun with this game. The two year old mostly just likes practicing her fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination by putting all the little tokens in the playing board. My four year old only knows how to win by making a vertical 4-in-a-row at the moment, so we frequently have to have mini talks about how to be a “good sport” even when someone blocks your move and say “good game” even when you lose. He’s getting better, but mostly he likes to play his sister, because she doesn’t know how to block his one and only strategy. The one negative about this game is that it can’t be played anywhere, because the tiny little tokens are easily dropped. However, if your kid has a surface to play on and they are going to have a warning when they need to clean up, it works out well. We mostly use it when we take the kids to gymnastics, since they are in different classes and each one has to wait an hour while the other one is in their class. Also, note that this game would not be great for babies and toddlers who still put things in their mouth, as the little tokens are definitely a choking hazard. However, if they’re beyond that stage, the size makes them extra appealing to hold.
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