Sometimes random seems to be the way to go with my two boys (aged 4 and 6). And at the moment one of those random stuff is a peg hunt!
Colour coded pegs can be used to avoid the competition element as they can find their own rather than compete for the most. Or they can even peg them all out for each other (or you!), they seem to really enjoy watching someone find them / giving them clues.
It’s a great game to play after school, perhaps on a rainy day to help them wind down / burn off pent up energy.