Great Games for 4-Year Olds
Game #1: Yahtzee Junior
Yahtzee Junior comes in several versions so you can choose one that will be most interesting for your child. For example, you can find the same basic game in these different themes: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Princess, Toy Story 3, Spider Man, and Avatar. Each game has the same 5 dice with the same rules, but the pictures are different.
The game is similar to the adult version in the fact that children try to fill specific categories by rolling dice. But that is where the similarity ends.
In the junior version, there are five dice have each have five characters on them plus a “wild” character to complete the sixth side. On four of the dice, the wild is good for any picture and on the fifth dice the wild is a “bonk” character which means that the die is taken out of play for the rest of the player’s turn. Children have three chances (as with regular Yahtzee) to roll their best hand, meaning that they accumulated the most pictures of one of the characters. Then they mark how many of each character they were able to roll and add up their scores.
A little strategy can take place as you are allowed to change your mind as you roll and “go for” another character before your turn ends. My grandson loved this game and begged to play it. It goes fast, so we could play three or even four games in a row. It kept my interest, too.
Renee Abramovitz is a a former preschool and kindergarten teacher who retired in 2008 to become a “full-time grandma” to her four beautiful grandsons. She is passionate about the idea that all parents are their child’s first and most important teacher and strives to give parents the tools and confidence they need to successfully work with their children at home. Renee shares tips for working with young children at www.schoolsparks.com where she offers a free kindergarten readiness test parents can take to assess their child’s readiness to start school plus hundreds upon hundreds of free kindergarten worksheets for parents to use at home with their children.