Today I Love: Ticket to Ride: First Journey
What: This is a junior version of the popular board game, Ticket to Ride, created by Alan Moon and published by Days of Wonder. Players collect coloured train cards and play them to make journeys across Europe. The winner is the first person to make six journeys.
Why: We love a good board game in our house and most of the games that our daughter (who is a bright four year old) wants to play are either frustratingly simple or very dull. We are desperately trying to wean her on to games that she can play and we enjoy too, so when we saw this game it went straight on to her Christmas list.
The game itself is simple to play, as in each turn you only need to do one thing; either collecting cards or playing cards. The journeys in this version are much shorter, so the whole game usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, which is long enough to still be fun when someone is declaring themselves the winner. Within a couple of weeks of playing on an adults team, our daughter understood the rules and was able to play on her own.
How Much: Between £20 and £30 depending on where you buy it from.