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Child’s Play

From the timeless fun of stacking animals to their first taste of Ticket to Ride, we run through the best children’s games to play with kids – and adults! – of all ages

AGES 4-6

Little ones below the age of four struggle a bit with formal concepts and structure. Beyond waiting your turn, much is too difficult for them to grasp and products tend to skew closer to toys than actual games. Right around the age of four massive changes in attention span and learning take place. This is a wonderful age to game with.

Animal Upon Animal is among the most ubiquitous Haba games for good reason. Players compete to stack quirky animal pieces atop each other, helping to develop hand-eye co-ordination while formalising the basic concepts of dexterity gaming. It’s a stepping stone to later titles and an experience which can be shared at any age.

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