I have tried playing some board games with my son, but he doesn’t play for more than a few minutes. Any suggestions?

Board games are a fun way to spend uninterrupted, quality time with your child. Most board games are made for children 3 years of age and older, since younger children are not developmentally ready to play games that require them to “play by the rules”. There are however, a few games designed specifically for children age 18-36 months, that don’t require players to follow a specific set of rules or take turns. For example, ThinkFun’s Roll & Play or Hello, Sunshine (www.thinkfun.com), or Aim High Games’ Let’s Potty www.lets-potty.com). Haba also has a series of simple board games for toddlers called “My Very First Games” (http://www.habausa.com/). While playing games, try to keep the focus on having fun and spending time with your child, and remember that his short attention span is developmentally appropriate for his age.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.