A new review from Dad Suggests! Monsieur Carrousel #1 of Board Games for 3-Year-Olds
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The Best Board Games for 3-Year-Olds
Designed by Sara Zarian and Published by LOKI
Monsieur Carrousel is the newest game on this list, and it has blown us away so much it’s very hard not to declare it the best board game out there for 3-year-olds. It’s made by the relatively new publisher LOKI, which specializes in games for kids and has quickly become a family favorite and one to keep an eye on.
Like HABA has in the past, LOKI is making a name for itself with spectacular components in their family games - and Monsieur Carrousel is the very best example of that. You actually construct a beautiful, wooden, spinning carrousel to play this game, and it completely entrances our kids. And, don’t worry, set up is very, very quick. I don’t know about you, but our kids are always mesmerized by carrousels they spot in the wild - and we definitely can’t leave without riding.
The entire presentation of this game is outstanding - the art and the components are top notch. And the gameplay is a lot of fun for the entire family. Like many good games are doing these days, Monsieur Carrousel also offers the ability to increase the difficulty of the game. The first difficulty level is perfect for our 3-year-old, and the increasing difficulty levels might very well make Monsieur Carrousel the best board game for 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, and higher.
Monsieur Carrousel also has quite a lot going on, but it’s all very manageable - even for the youngest players. At heart it’s a game of memory, because you need to remember which children are riding which seat on the carrousel - an alligator, a plane, a lion? And the game also includes a clever test of spatial reasoning and estimation when you have to guess which length of sun ray you need to complete a sun beam. If all of the children make it onto the carrousel before it begins to rain, everybody wins.
Our 3-year-old caught onto the rules of this game very quickly, and I have no doubt in my mind it will be a cherished family favorite for many years. You have the option to make the game significantly more difficult to memorize all of the characters - which opens up the doors for the importance of creative teamwork. And, of course, it’s simply gorgeous.
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