ED got a couple of new cooperative board games from Grandma and Grandpa. ED and DD really love them. They're really terrific so I thought I'd give them a mention here in case you have birthdays coming up for your 3-5 year old.
Each player takes a turn flipping over a card. If the player flips over a night (star) card it has to be placed on the corresponding number on the gameboard. Players use a flashlight card to remove the night/star card from the board. To take the puppy home there has to be a clear path (with no night cards in the way).
These games are wonderful because they are not competitive--no winner or loser. And with the age of my girls (4 and 6) they can play them happily together independently. Still, I can easily recommend these games to the younger crowd as well (say 2 1/2 and up).
Perler Beads to the list. ED has done dozens of these and everybody (even LD) continues to make them from time to time. These are wonderful for developing fine motor skills. Kids will be into these at different ages. ED was just over 3 when she started doing these independently, but LD didn't really enjoy doing them until he was 5.
By the way, we've been doing lots of school things here and I have about ten posts already to go (plus more to write up), but every day I keep thinking we'll be switching the blog over to Parents any moment and have been holding off. So once the transition is made bear that in mind as you see post after post of our school projects and games! :)