I'd like to convert this thread into one where we can talk about good quality boardgames for kids. Ideally better than the usual crap put out in the Irish shops that breaks after a short time or is extremely gimmicky.
Kids of Carcassonne is a board game: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4...of-carcassonne
More specifically it's a German style board game based on an excellent adult board game called Carcassone. It's aimed at 4+ and I just picked it up for the 5 year old and he loves it.
It's a tile playing game with some strategic elements. Big bright colours and all that and good for the mind. Teaches you to think ahead and plan your moves in advance and all that yet is simple enough that a 5 year old can beat a 30 year old boardgame veteran in it.
Highly recommended if you want something other than the cheap plasticky crap that passes for board games in this country. I got it off amazon.co.uk for £22 which was a good enough price.