Definitive List of Games Suitable for Kids 4 Years of Age
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This goal of this series of Geeklists is to provide a definitive list of games that the publishers consider to be suitable for children of a particular age.

This is a list of games suitable for 4-year-olds.

Please contribute to it, and quote the age range claimed by the publisher.

Thank you!

Also, see Games by player age.
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1. Board Game: Die Naschbären [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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2. Board Game: Bendomino Jr. [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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3. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:430]
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rather adequate indication, according to my experience.
 
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4. Board Game: Schnapp [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:5568]
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4-99
 
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5. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:577]
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Stacking game for ages 4-99
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6. Board Game: Viva Topo! [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1296]
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"4-9 years"
Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003
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7. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:637]
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Yikes - I can't believe this one isn't on the list - I gave this to my son for Christmas last year - he had just turned four.
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8. Board Game: Schildi Strandkröte [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: Ratz-Fatz [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: My First Carcassonne [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:942]
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I really can't believe this is not on the list already!

This is a worthy kids' version of Carcassonne, and one of the best first steps to Growing Your Own Gamer.

The box states 4 years and up. There is no in-game reading.

My 4 3/4 yo got the rules quickly and loved it from first play, and there is enough strategy for the adults to enjoy it as well.

It's a shame it's so hard to get hold of this game. I'm very happy I finally found a copy of it, even though I had to make do with the German edition and had to pay an arm and a leg for international shipping, as the box is quite big & heavy - due to the chunky high quality tiles and wooden meeples (a little bigger than the originals). The artwork is really nice as well. And as there is no in-game reading, and some nice geek has posted the rules in English here on BGG, it doesn't really matter which language edition you get. But I hope the rumors of a 2014 reprint are true. (http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=...)

Our other favorites @ 4 yo:
Max (thE #1 step to growing your gamer IMO, I would recommend it to strangers on the street, and have given several copies as gifts), Gulo Gulo, Snowstorm, Hisss, Princess, Viva Topo!, Animal Upon Animal (in just about that order)

I also encourage everyone who plays boardgames with kids to contribute their experiences and add their favorites to this under-appreciated list: Calling All Geek Parents - Best Games for Kids by Age
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11. Board Game: Alpha Playing Cards [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:6517]
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12. Board Game: Let's Catch the Lion! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2158]
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The manufacturer suggests this from 3 years old. BGG poll shockingly says from 8 years old -?!

See a great review of it here Games for four years old, by a good reviewer who plays it with a 4yo and a 6yo.
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13. Board Game: Matching Lions [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Best with 4-7yos, acccording to Father Geeks great review here: Review of Matching lions
 
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14. Board Game: Floß geht's! [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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15. Board Game: Maskenball der Käfer [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3450]
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16. Board Game: Max [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2848]
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"Ages 4-7"
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17. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice Jr. [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2795]
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My 3-year-olds really enjoy this, and can compete with adults!
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18. Board Game: Such, Bello! [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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19. Board Game: Chicken Cha Cha Cha [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1040]
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Memory/racing game for ages 4-99.
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20. Board Game: Welt der Abenteuer [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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21. Board Game: China Topf [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1574]
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23. Board Game: Schildi Schildkröte [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4426]
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"Ages 4 years +"

I challenge you to find cuter turtles!

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24. Board Game: Quakies [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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25. Board Game: Bravo Piepino! [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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