Ahead we are going to show you some of the best board games for toddlers and preschoolers. If you want the quick version, take a peek at these:
With the summer months rapidly approaching, and school coming to an end soon. It is time to start gearing up to our kids ready for the boredom that is sure to ensue unless they have the proper entertainment.
But what does that even mean in 2018? Last several years, we have seen a major shift in the way that we consume our entertainment. As accurate as that statement is for us as adults, that exact statement can be said for children.
Remember when we were children, and our days consisted of being playing outside, the entire day? I distinctly remember getting up, eating breakfast, kissing my mother goodbye and being gone until the sun started setting.
That’s not exactly how it works with kids these days. Now, kids are typically inside playing video games or sitting on their laptops and tablets the whole day. Now don’t get me wrong, I think games have a lot to offer; they are fun, incorporate hand-eye coordination, and best of all they keep kids out of the streets. And let’s be honest, the only reason we didn’t get in trouble back in the day is that social media and camera phones weren’t a thing yet.
The problem with video games comes into effect when people spend far too much time on it. But what are some other items we can get? One of my favorite gaming purchases for my kids is board games. Games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Candyland, and Jenga are some of my favorite games to play with my daughters.
Board games are great ways to get some good, quality, time in with the family. You get that competitive edge we all love so much, and of course, you still get to have fun while doing it. So what are the best board games for toddlers and preschoolers? Let’s take a look at the top ten board games for toddlers.
Table of Contents
- 1.Best Cooperative Board Game for Toddlers: Stack Up
- 2.Best Strategy Game for Toddlers: My First Carcassonne
- 3.Runner-Up for Best Strategy Game: Sequence for Kids
- 4.Best Board Game for Two Year Old Toddler: My First Orchard
- 5.Runner-Up for best game for two-year-old toddler: Seek-a-Boo
- 6.Best for Three Year Olds: Chutes and Ladders Super Hero Squad
- 7.Best Game for Older Kids: Rummikub
- 8.Most Enjoyable Preschool Memory Game: Shopping List
- 9.Best Board Game for Siblings: Go Away Monster
- 10.Most Fun Stacking Game: Animal Upon Animal
- Buyers Guide
Are you looking for a fun board game for three-year-olds? Stack Up is at the top of the charts. Stacking games are always fun for toddlers; it allows them to figure out how to balance objects, and is great for developing coordination. Stack Up is similar to Jenga, but rather than competing against each other everybody works together in search of a common goal.
The point of the game is to stack all twelve blocks before the block smasher does what its name suggests, and topples over all your hard work. And if you don’t make it to all twelve blocks being stacked. That’s fine too, because one thing all toddlers love to watch, is things being destroyed.
This game will help teach hand-eye coordination, and how to match colors. Stack Up is an award-winning game, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and NAPPA Gold Seal. It is geared towards players at the ages of three and up and is played by 2 – 6 players. But don’t be surprised if you see your toddler playing it by themselves from time to time.
This game is fantastic for children learning their colors. It’ll also teach them patience, perseverance, and best of all, corporation.
Most board games for toddlers and preschoolers are all about knocking things down, picking them up or putting items, in the right spots. And that is definitely fun for kids, but this game takes board games to a new level for your toddler.
This is a superb game for teaching young children how to strategize, and it provides them a fun foray into how to think strategically. So for those of you with inquisitive children, you should definitely look into this game.
The game is roughly 20 minutes long, so your toddler won’t grow bored during game time. Plus it is a game that the parents will enjoy just as much as the kids. For different reasons, of course. Watching your child run through different ways to overcome obstacles, is exhilarating for any parent. And watching them do well in a game about strategy, even more rewarding.
The game is played by trying to build a road in the city of Carcassonne. You accomplish that by placing tiles in the streets, to build the road. It is excellent for developing spatial skills, and you’re kids have fun while trying to close off their opponent’s road, while completing their own.
This game is great for helping your children learn to think past what they are doing now. It is great for strategy, and it’s also an excellent way to introduce them to the Carcassonne series
One of my favorite things about board games is that they offer you a “brain workout” while incorporating fun and competition. This is a game that kids will start to pick-up relatively quickly, and you’ll soon notice your preschooler thinking ahead a few moves.
What the object of the game is, to line-up your chips to connect four of them in a row. You’ll do this by using the cards you pick (in this case the cards have animals that match the board), and strategically place your chips on the corresponding cards until you have a sequence of four.
Sequence for kids is a fun board game for toddlers that is easy for them to pick up. It will help them be able to identify animals, and of course, sequences.
It’s always difficult to find board games for two-year-olds, thankfully HABA considers our youngest gamers when making games. My First Orchard is one of their best ones. The object of this game is to collect apples and put them in the basket. Roll the dice, and you pick the color that the dice landed. Unless you roll a basket, then you get to pick whichever color you want.
The game is great for learning colors, how to follow the rules, and take turns. It’s also pretty fun to watch your kids try to trick you into letting them pick the color they want before they roll.
Seek-a-Boo is a fun game that helps children build vocabulary and develop memory and retention skills. It can be played as a memory game or a matching game. Or turn the game into memory and matching game.
This game is made for two or more players and is good for children age 18-months and up. It’s a great way to bond with your youngest baby. Of course, teaching your baby how to match at such a young age is a plus as well.
This is one of the best board games for three-year-olds, and if your three-year-old loves superheroes, he or she will absolutely love this game. It is the same thing as regular Chutes and Ladders just with some of your favorite Marvel Comics superheroes. It is specified for ages three and up, can play up to six players, and comes with eight superheroes.
This game is great because it can involve the entire family at the same time, and even the grown-ups have fun with Chutes and Ladders now and then. It’s also a great way to teach the younger kids how to count and follow directions.
This board game isn’t really for toddlers; it’s actually rated for kids eight and above. But some of us have unbelievably smart preschoolers, so you can let them play as well. This is a game that brings the entire family together, regardless of age. The game reminds me a lot of rummy just with tiles rather than a deck of cards. You have to either create sets of 3 numbers or a run of 3 consecutive numbers.
The benefits of this game are plenty. First, it really does bring an entire family together, adults and kids alike enjoy this game. It helps the younger kids learn how to tell the difference between different numbers. The most significant impact this game has is how it improves children’s critical thinking skills. If you want to win, you have to be analyzing what is going on constantly.
This is a memory game that allows children to play out their favorite scenarios; pretending to grown-ups shopping for this week’s groceries. The game is great for preschoolers, and small toddlers can even get in on the action as well. The toddler’s attention span may be long enough to complete, but hey, as long as they had fun and learned something in the process, we’re all okay with that.
Shopping list is a fun and easy way to help boost your preschooler’s memory. It encourages observational skills as well critical thinking skills. And best of all, your child gets to go grocery shopping all by herself.
This game is for ages three and above and is pretty simple to understand. The object is to fill up the room with furniture, by reaching into the bag and pulling out furniture. You do this until you pull a monster out of the bag. When this happens, the player throws the monster and shout “Go Away Monster.” And you can throw it where ever you want.
This is an awesome game for very young children. If you have two to four-year-old’s, they can play this game by themselves, once they get the hang of it of course. Children absolutely love this game, and they’ll shout with glee when they get to scream at the monster and throw him away. It encourages sharing and taking turns, but what I like best is that it helps young children not to be afraid of monsters. Instead just tell them “go away.”
Stacking games are a lot of fun for kids, so this one is always a hit with children. The object, of course, is to stack all of the animals, but there is a twist. You roll a dice, and whatever it lands on, is how many animals you have to stack. The game is fun, yet it is reasonably difficult to stack.
The pieces are made of high-quality wood, so you don’t need to worry about it falling apart after a few playthroughs. This is a high-dexterity game, so your kids won’t get bored with it and they will still be building hand-eye coordination.
Buying board games for your toddler is relatively straightforward. Most of us know what our children will enjoy, and there really are tons of options out there for you to choose from. With that said there are still a few things you should consider before buying a board game for your preschooler or toddler. They are:
- Is this a game they will enjoy?
- Are they old enough to play it?
- What company makes the game (certain brands like Haba and Orchard toys are renowned for their toddler board games)?
- Are there any pieces that your toddler can accidentally choke on?
Keeping these few things in mind will ensure that you choose a game that your toddler or preschooler will absolutely adore. And you’ll love seeing the joy on their faces when you guys play it together.
Board games are a great way to spend some much-needed quality time with our children. Especially at the toddler and preschool age. Take it from a parent whose kids are now in middle school; you want to spend as much time as possible with your babies while they are still young. Board games are a great way to do that.
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