Game recommendations for a Monopoly-obsessed 5 year-old
February 2, 2011 8:21 PM Subscribe
What games, puzzles, and activities would you recommend for my almost 5 year-old son who is currently obsessed with Monopoly (real life version) and Plants vs Zombies (iOS)?
posted by alms to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (21 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
He learned to play Monopoly about six weeks ago. Since then he's probably logged 100 hundred hours playing with his parents, baby sitters, and even his stuffed animals. (Yes, he gets up in the morning before his parents are awake and plays Monopoly against his stuffed animals.)
He has all the prices of everything memorized. It's been great for his math skills (450 x 3? No problem.). He understands the strategy and the relative values of different property sets, etc, etc, etc.
Plants vs Zombies is a little different. He only gets to play that about 30 to 60 minutes a week. But he loves it and talks about it way too much, often to people who have no idea what he's talking about. As with Monopoly, he is very focused on the details --- comparing the details of one Zombie to another, trying to remember whether a certain plant appears in a certain level, etc.
Prior to these two games he went through a long obsession with mazes: doing them, even doing his best to create them himself, and talking about them a lot.
We'd like to encourage him in developing the strengths he's showing in understanding these games, and also help him diversify his interests (not to mention his topics of conversation). Cooperative games, games he can play with other people, and games/activities he can engage in by himself are all welcome.
I should add that we do lots of other activities with him: lots of reading (about to start on the third book in the Doctor Dolittle series), etc. But these games have captured his imagination in a way that other activities haven't.