The next time I put Bronte down for her nap, I set up the game & Linnaeus reluctantly left his Lego to come play with me. Once we got going, he really started to enjoy it & stayed focused on the game until it ended--probably a half hour or 45 minutes. We played again on the weekend with his papa too & the game lasted much longer--I think next time we'll dole out less money than the instructions say at the beginning so that it ends sooner. But Linnaeus still enjoyed counting the dots on the die, then counting out the spaces when it was his turn to move. He has no concept of finances, so he was excited to pay rent or fines as much as he was to receive money.
Despite all the simplification--no taxes, no railroads, a smaller board--the game still feels like Monopoly. With children of four or five, Monopoly really needs an adult to read the Chance cards & keep the game going--it's not something little kids will be able to play independently until they can read quite well. The game is great practice for basic numeracy, however, so even a four-year-old can read the numbers for buying properties, count out bills, & figure out how many spaces to move.
Next time Linnaeus' cousins come over I'll suggest that they play Monopoly Junior--they're five, five, & eight--to start making some great board game memories.
For more information about Monopoly Junior, visit Hasbro's Facebook page, the Monopoly Junior page, or check out the hashtag #GameNight on Instagram & Twitter to see other people's experiences with the game. If you want to buy it, Monopoly Junior is available at places like Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, & Superstore.
Disclaimer: I received this game for free via Influenster to review. I received no other compensation for this review.
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