101+ Best Board Games for Preschoolers

    best board games for preschoolers
    To find the best board games for preschoolers, we spent hours looking at hundreds of board games and listening to experts. Here are over 100 of the best preschool board games.

    Whether you are in the mood for classic board games or something new, we’ve rounded up all the fun board games for preschoolers. The most popular games for preschoolers like Candy Land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and Chutes & Ladders always seem to get all the attention, but they’re so many other awesome board games for preschoolers.

    According to Scholastic, board games help introduce preschoolers to moving pieces around the board, taking turns, following rules, and playing with one another. Since most preschoolers haven’t learned to read, you want to choose games that are simple and don’t require reading. Preschoolers learn to play through memory and repetition. Because they have shorter attention spans, you want to find games that don’t take forever to play. While you may be tempted to always let them win, research shows it’s also important to teach preschoolers how to lose too.

    You are going to be playing a lot of board games with your preschooler so why not find something you will enjoy too. With over 100 board games for preschoolers broken down by category, you will never be bored again.

    If you need more ideas, check out our board game hub. And while you’re there, check out our list for the best board games for kids sorted by age.

    Top Preschool Board Games – ToyBuzz Awards

    Top Preschool Board Games – ToyBuzz Awards

    You won’t find Candy Land or Chutes & Ladders on our list of award winning board games for preschoolers. While classic games always have a place in our gaming library, we wanted to choose games that aren’t just based on blind luck and require a bit more strategy. These top rated board games help preschoolers develop dexterity, strategic, and problem solving skills. We rounded up 30 award winning pre-k board games that even you wouldn’t mind playing over and over.

    Anomia KidsAges 5+Anomia Kidscheck price

    Players: 3-6 | Time: 30 minThe award winning party game, Anomia, has gotten a makeover for kids. Now even preschoolers can play Anomia since no reading is required. Instead of words, all of the cards are now illustrated. In Anomia, players take turns drawing a card and flipping it over in front of them. If there is a symbol match between two players, both players have to face off. They have to shout out a word that starts with the same sound as the image on the other player’s card. Oftentimes, because you are going so fast you blurt out nonsense.

    My First BananagramsAges 4+My First Bananagramscheck price

    Players: 1-4 | Time: 5-20 minWith larger blocks, My First Banagrams is perfect game for preschoolers to practice spelling. In the traditional game, the tiles are placed face down on the table. Players all take 15 tiles and must try to use all their letters in a word grid. The player that uses all their letters calls out “Bananas.” For preschoolers, there are several activities to do. Kids can use the tiles to spell their name or even put the letters in sequence. The cutest part? All the letters come in a banana-shaped letter bag.

    Outfoxed!Ages 5+Outfoxed!check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minIt’s Clue for preschoolers! Outfoxed! is a fun cooperative game where you have to discover who did it. A lady’s pot pie has gone missing! Now you’ll have to crack the case. Kids have to work together to gather clues and rule out suspects. Collaborate quickly before the guilty fox makes his escape! Will you catch this mastermind thief or will you be Outfoxed?

    Happy SalmonAges 6+Happy Salmoncheck price

    Players: 3-6 | Time: 2 minHappy Salmon is a chaotic, fast-paced party card game. Players are given a deck of 12 cards that have various actions on them. The player who can get rid of their cards first wins the game. To get rid of your cards, you must perform the actions on your cards with another player to get a match. You’ll be slapping high fives, giving fist bumps, switching positions, and performing a slip sliding “Happy Salmon” hand slap.

    Animal Upon AnimalAges 4+Animal Upon Animalcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minMultiple award-winner Animal Upon Animal is like Jenga for preschoolers. It’s all about being steady and precise with your hands. Players race to stack all seven of their animals on the alligator base before other players. Adding an element of unpredictability, you roll a die to determine how many animals you get to stack. Who will be the first to create a pyramid? The catch? If your stack falls over, you lose.

    QwirkleAges 6+Qwirklecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 45 minWe like board games that challenge kids. A game of spatial reasoning, Quirkle is a great game for preschoolers because it’s a simple matching game. The game plays like a lot like Scrabble but reading is not required. Players simply have to place down tiles next to another tile with one matching attribute (either color or shape). It’s a game that is incredibly simple to understand, but there is a lot of strategy involved. While younger kids might not be able to develop a strategy to win, they can focus on matching the pieces or creating pictures.

    Loopin’ LouieAges 4+Loopin Louiecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minLoopin’ Louie is a fast-paced board game where players have to save their chickens from a swopping stunt plane. What’s cool? Every time the game changes since you never really know when Louie will take a dive. It’s all about timing your presses to launch Louie into the air and over your chickens. The game features two skill levels – easy and hard and it’s loads of fun. It showcases that even the simplest ideas can be fun. We love that it is as entertaining for the kids as it is for adults and spectators and the games don’t last very long. Think you’ve got what it takes to save your chickens? It’s a great novelty game worth adding to your game collection.

    Build Or BoomAges 4+Build Or Boomcheck price

    Players: 2 | Time: 10 minBuilding something is a lot of fun, but tearing it down is even more fun. In Build Or Boom, two players race to complete a structure on a blueprint card. The twist? When somebody completes the structure, they press the dynamite to blow up their opponent’s structure. KABOOM! It’s a “Blast!”

    My First CarcassonneAges 4+My First Carcassonnecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10-20 minBased on the popular adult board game, My First Carcassonne is a simplified version for kids that requires no reading or counting. In this introductory tile placement game, kids have to place their tiles so they form completed roads. If a road is complete, kids can place one of their colored Meeples along it. The first player to place all of their pawns on the board is the winner of the game. Unlike most games for preschoolers that are based on blind luck, there is strategy involved.

    HABA MonzaAges 5+HABA Monzacheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 10 minAre you incredibly bored of Candy Land? With a fun racecar theme, Monza is a much better game than Candy Land. Players have to roll 6 colored dice and use these dice to move along the colored racetrack. Your goal is to use as many of the dice as possible to move as far as you can. It does take some planning to figure out how to move. Because there are three lanes and obstacles on the road, kids have to ability to switch lanes, which adds to the decision making. The player that reaches the end first wins the race. What we love about the game is that there is a lot more strategy involved.

    Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s BusytownAges 3+Wonder Forge Richard Scarrys Busytowncheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minIn Busytown families will race around town solving mysteries and finding hidden objects. The game promotes teamwork and kids learn matching skills as well as object identification.

    Hoot Owl Hoot!Ages 4+Hoot Owl Hoot!check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minHoot Owl Hoot! is a great game to play with 3 year olds. It is a cooperative game that teaches kids how to work together in a team. Players are given color-coded cards, which allow them to move the owls across the board. On each turn, players play a card and draw a new card. If players draw a sun card, the sun will move. The idea of the game is to get the owls to their nest before the sun gets to the end and comes up.

    Ravensburger LabyrinthAges 7+Ravensburger Labyrinthcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minLabyrinth is a magical maze game. Kids have to move through the maze to collect treasure pieces. The twist? On every turn, the maze is constantly shifting which helps kids with their spacial reasoning skills. To win, you have to visualize how the maze will shift by planning ahead. Designed for slightly older kids, it’s still a great game for preschoolers since it doesn’t require any reading.

    Go Go Gelato!Ages 6+Go Go Gelato!check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minWho doesn’t love playing with ice cream? In Go Go Gelato, kids will have to use dexterity and speed to create the appropriate ice cream cone printed on the challenge cards. The only problem? Kids can’t touch the ice scream scoops with their hands. Instead they have to use the cones to pass the scoops around. The player that scores five points first wins the game.

    Spot It Jr.! AnimalsAges 4+Spot It Jr.! Animalscheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minSpot It Jr. Animals edition is an amazing family game! It’s a fast-paced game of matching animals! Put your skills to the test. It’s a great game for building image matching and recognition skills. The game is suitable for 2-6 players. It’s the perfect game for preschoolers and kindergarteners and it’s sure to be your go-to game for family fun.

    Snug as a Bug in a RugAges 3+Snug as a Bug in a Rugcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minIn Snug Bug, players have to work together to move all the colored bugs under the rug before the 3 stinkbugs come out. After players roll a dice and spin the spinner, they have to find the matching bug with the same color, number, and shape. If there is not a matching bug, you get a stinkbug. It’s a simple recognition game with a focus on cooperative play.

    Rat-A-Tat CatAges 6+Rat-A-Tat Catcheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 10 minRat-a-Tat Cat is an award-winning children’s card game. The game promotes strategy development and develops memory, math, and timing. The game features over 50 rat, cat, and power cards and is for 2-6 players. Players have to eliminate the high cards – the rats – and add low cards – the cats. The added twist is you can look at 2 cards, pick 2 cards, or even exchange cards. The player with the lowest point total is the winner of the game.

    Race to the TreasureAges 5+Race to the Treasurecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minRace To The Treasure is one of our favorite cooperative board games for little ones. The idea is to race the Ogre to the treasure by building a path to collect all the keys on the game board. Once the team collects all the keys, they can unlock the door to the treasure, but they must do so before the Ogre reaches the door. Will you race the Ogre?

    PengolooAges 4+Pengoloocheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minPengaloo is a fun twist on the classic game of memory. The game is played with 12 wooden penguins that cover colored eggs. Players roll the colored dice and have to find matching colored eggs under the penguins. Like the classic game of Memory, the idea is to remember the colored eggs under the penguins. After preschoolers master the basic game, there are a couple of other variations to play.

    Sequence for KidsAges 4-6Sequence for Kidscheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minSequence For Kids is sort of like Tic-Tac-Toe meets matching. The board contains a bunch of different animals on it. Kids are each given 3 cards with pictures of animals on it. On their turn, they have to match the picture on the animal on their card with an animal on the board. They place one of their tokens there. The player that gets 4-in-a-row wins.

    Silly StreetAges 4+Silly Streetcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15-45 minAre you ready to get silly? Silly Street is a creative game that gives preschoolers a chance to get active and develop social skills. The coolest part? The huge game board is actually a simple puzzle that kids have to put together. In the game, kids draw a card and then perform a silly action such as “roaring like a lion” or “chomping like a croc”. The pictures make it easy to understand the cards even if kids can’t read. There are a lot of hilarious ones that give your preschooler a chance to get silly.

    Jenga Wood Block GameAges 6+Jenga Wood Block Gamecheck price

    Players: 1-8 | Time: 20 minThe classic game of Jenga is all about edge-of-your-seat stacking fun. Players start by building and stacking wooden pieces to build a tall tower then carefully remove the pieces one by one, taking turns. One wrong move could send the whole structure toppling to the ground. Crash the structure and you lose! It’s a game of skill, strategy, and luck. How do you stack up? Building fine motor skills and teaching STEM skills, it’s great fun for the whole family.

    Learning Resources Sum Swamp GameAges 5+Learning Resources Sum Swamp Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minWho said that learning math has to be boring? This is no ordinary board game. Designed for kids 5 and up, this award winning game helps teach early addition and subtraction skills in a very fun way. There are no endless worksheets or drills here! Players roll 3 dice: 2 numbered dice and 1 operational dice. Depending on the operational dice, she will either add or subtract the two numbered dice to move along the board. The best part? Kids will actually love math.

    HisssAges 4+Hissscheck price

    Players: 2-5 | Time: 15 minHisss is a card game designed for younger children. In this color matching game, the object is to build the largest snake. Each snake must have a head, body, and tail. All of the colored body parts have to match as well. Players take turns picking up cards and can either build a new snake or add it to the existing snakes. If you complete a snake, you add it to your snake pit. The player with the most tiles in their snake pit wins.

    UNO Card GameAges 7+UNO Card Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-10 | Time: 30 minUNO is a classic card game that is addictive, fun, and easy to play. Even preschoolers can learn to play. Players have to match colors or numbers. The best part? The Wild Cards allow you to create your own rules. Get rid of all your cards to win. Don’t forget to call out UNO when you’re down to a single card. The first player or team to 500 points wins the game.

    HedBanz Jr. Ages 5+HedBanz Jr. check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minGet ready for goofy fun in this fast-paced ‘What Animal Am I?’ guessing game. In HedBand Jr., kids place the cartoon picture on their heads with the included headbands that only others can see. They don’t know what the picture is and have to ask questions to discover what picture is on their head. The game can get really silly. Hedbanz Jr. has a great kid friendly animal theme and is much easier for preschoolers to play. Since there is a picture on every card no reading is required.

    ZingoAges 4+Zingocheck price

    Players: 2-8 | Time: 5 minZingo is a fun twist on the game of BINGO. It’s a great game to introduce 3 year olds to the idea of taking turns and following simple rules. The Zinger machine dispenses out the little picture chips. Since it uses pictures, no reading is required. It does encourage kids to learn how to read, as the picture helps to reinforce the word on the card. The player who matches all the pictures on their card has to yell “Zingo.”

    Charades for KidsAges 4+Charades for Kidscheck price

    Players: 3-6 | Time: 30 minGet ready for a lot of laughs! Now even preschoolers can play Charades. Specially designed for kids, this version of Charades features cards with illustrations on them so even kids can play along even if they can’t read yet. Kids will love acting out the clues while their family attempts to correctly guess their actions.

    Connect 4Ages 6+Connect 4check price

    Players: 2 | Time: 15 minEven if they can’t quite understand the rules, preschoolers will have a lot of fun dropping the colored discs into the grid. It’s a game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe. You have to get four of the same colored coins in a row to win. These can be arranged horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The game is easy to learn and play but challenging to win. It will require a bit of strategy and observing your opponent’s moves to win.

    The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game Ages 3+The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minSneaky Snacky Squirrel is an award-winning game for preschoolers. It’s a game that builds fine motor skills and teaches kids how to take turns and recognize color. There’s no reading required as kids only spin and count. Spin the wheel and pickup the matching colored acorn. The game comes with squirrel shaped tweezers that force kids to use their fine motor skills to pick up the acorns. Be the first to gather 5 acorns to win!

    Educational

    Educational

    Children learn the most when they are having fun. Board games provide great opportunities to learn new concepts. By playing these educational board games, kids get a chance to learn colors, shapes, grouping, counting, and math. These are great skills to practice while preparing to enter kindergarten.

    ZingoAges 4+Zingocheck price

    Players: 2-8 | Time: 5 minZingo is a fun twist on the game of BINGO. It’s a great game to introduce 3 year olds to the idea of taking turns and following simple rules. The Zinger machine dispenses out the little picture chips. Since it uses pictures, no reading is required. It does encourage kids to learn how to read, as the picture helps to reinforce the word on the card. The player who matches all the pictures on their card has to yell “Zingo.”

    The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game Ages 3+The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minSneaky Snacky Squirrel is an award-winning game for preschoolers. It’s a game that builds fine motor skills and teaches kids how to take turns and recognize color. There’s no reading required as kids only spin and count. Spin the wheel and pickup the matching colored acorn. The game comes with squirrel shaped tweezers that force kids to use their fine motor skills to pick up the acorns. Be the first to gather 5 acorns to win!

    Hi Ho Cherry-OAges 3+Hi Ho Cherry-Ocheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minHi Ho Cherry-O delivers laughs and fun in spades and has been a favorite for over 50 years. Kids have to pick fruits from the colored trees and fill up their buckets. The first one to fill up their bucket wins! It’s a great game for developing early math skills like counting, adding, and subtracting.

    Learning Resources Sum Swamp GameAges 5+Learning Resources Sum Swamp Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minWho said that learning math has to be boring? This is no ordinary board game. Designed for kids 5 and up, this award winning game helps teach early addition and subtraction skills in a very fun way. There are no endless worksheets or drills here! Players roll 3 dice: 2 numbered dice and 1 operational dice. Depending on the operational dice, she will either add or subtract the two numbered dice to move along the board. The best part? Kids will actually love math.

    Let’s Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar GameAges 3+Lets Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minCombining counting, collecting and building, Let’s Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game is a fun preschool game for 2-4 players. Players will embark on a journey transforming their caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. As kids feed the hungry caterpillar, they collect a butterfly puzzle piece. The first player to collect all 5 pieces and complete the butterfly wins. We love that kids will develop their counting skills as well as fine motor skills while engaging in a fun game.

    Mental BloxAges 5+Mental Bloxcheck price

    Players: 1-10 | Time: 10 minRecipient of four awards, the Mental Blox Game encourages critical-thinking skills with building blocks. The set includes 20 blocks along with 20 activity cards. See if you can answer all the challenges! In addition to critical thinking, kids will also learn problem-solving skills in this fun, brain-boosting, think outside-the-box game.

    Raccoon Rumpus GameAges 3+Raccoon Rumpus Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4Raccoon Rumpus is a fun color matching game for preschoolers that involves critters, crazy costumes, and matching. Players have to be the first to collect 5 costumes for their raccoon. To collect a costume, kids roll a pair of die and pick up the costume that matches the dice. The fun part? If kids roll an underwear, they lose all their costumes, while rolling a rainbow allows your to choose any costume.

    Shelby’s Snack Shack GameAges 4+Shelbys Snack Shack Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4From the makers of the Sneaky Squirrel Game comes this fun counting game. With cute illustrations, kids have to find all the hidden bones by spinning the spinner and picking up the same number of bones as they spun. The cutest part? Kids pick up the bones with the Pug Squeezer, which is not only adorable but great for developing those pincher skills. It’s great for teaching your preschooler numbers and counting through play.

    Feed the WoozleAges 3+Feed the Woozlecheck price

    Players: 2-5 | Time: 15 minFeed the Woozle is a silly and goofy cooperative game where preschoolers work together to feed a goofy monster. To succeed, it will take dexterity and teamwork. The game is simple to play. Simply roll the die to figure out how many snacks to feed him. Now kids have to walk, spin, dance, or bunny hop over to the Woozle while balancing the funny food on a spoon. With 3 levels of play, it’s a great preschool game for building fine and gross motor skills.

    MindWare Code HopperAges 3+MindWare Code Hoppercheck price

    Players: 1Who knew that hopping could teach you how to code? Code Hopper comes with bright foam mats that kids have to put together. Each mat has different prompts on them such as “Wave your arms” or “Touch your nose.” By putting the mats together in different ways kids are actually creating different “programs.” It’s a neat way for kids to get used to conditionals, repetition, and logic through body movement.

    Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks GameAges 3+Richard Scarrys Cars and Trucks Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4While it’s based on luck, this card game is a great tool for teaching kids how to count and add numbers. Each card in the deck of cards has an illustrated vehicle with a certain amount of passengers. Every player draws a card. The player that has the most passengers wins the round. If a player draws a bonus card, then the player get to flip over another card and add the two cards together.

    Feed The KittyAges 4+Feed The Kittycheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minWhat does a kitty love more than anything else? Mice, of course! Feed The Kitty is a simple game for preschoolers for 2-5 players where players have to avoid the kitty with their mice. Rolling the dice determines your course of action. Roll an arrow and you have to pass one to the left, roll a napping cat to sneakily escape, but roll a cat bowl and you’re dinner. If you manage to save some mice, you win. While there’s no strategy involved here, it’s a great first game teaching basic game skills like turn taking, dice play, counting, and visual recognition.

    Rabbit RallyAges 4+Rabbit Rallycheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minIn Rabbit Rally, the rabbits are hungry for carrots but there is water in between them. Your goal is to reach the carrots. Kids need to create a path to the carrots using colored bridges and their estimating skills. On their turn, kids roll a colored dice. Each color represents a different sized cardboard bridge. Then they have to estimate the distance the bridge will reach by placing their stone some distance away from the rabbit. If the bridge reaches the stone, they get to move forward and move one step closer to the carrots. It’s a unique racing game that teaches spatial awareness.

    Word & Alphabet Board Games

    Word & Alphabet Board Games

    These word games are perfect for introducing preschoolers to letter and words so they can begin to recognize them.

    Boggle Jr.Ages 3+Boggle Jr.check price

    Players: 1-2 | Time: 10 minLooking for a fun beginner word game for your preschooler? Boggle Jr. is the perfect first word game for younger kids. In this simple version, players have to arrange the letter cubes to match the picture/word card. Players are exposed to letter and word recognition, matching, spelling, and memory-based learning. Parents will enjoy playing along with their kids and watching their progression. It’s a great learning tool for your early reader. When your child is ready – for more of a challenge, the words can be concealed so kids have to identify the word using only the picture. A few minor shortcomings include the lack of a timer and no picture cover as in a prior edition. However, these are small in comparison to the immense learning value delivered.

    Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet BingoAges 4+Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Bingocheck price

    Players: 2-6Learning the alphabet through flashcards is so boring. Alphabet BINGO makes learning and recognizing upper case letters actually fun. One side of the card has a letter, while the flip side has a picture corresponding with the letter.The best part? It’s disguised as a Bingo game. The Bingo cards have the letters of the alphabet on them. When a letter is called, your preschoolers has to recognize it.

    Scrabble Junior GameAges 5+Scrabble Junior Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minIs your preschooler starting to read? Scrabble Junior brings the fun of Scrabble to juniors. This is a crossword game where you score points by creating words. The game grows with your child. The flip side includes an advanced level of the game. In the advanced version, players create their own words. In the simplified version, the words are already formed on the board. This is fun for the whole family and we love how the game can grow with your child!

    Learning Resources Alphabet IslandAges 4+Learning Resources Alphabet Islandcheck price

    Players: 2-4Oh no, the hungry shark wants to eat all the alphabets. Learning the alphabet doesn’t have to be boring. This educational game is designed to teach kids to recognize upper and lower case letters along with their sounds. Kids flip over a letter card which may be upper or lower case and then have to find the matching letter card in the opposite form. They can also find a card with a word on in that starts with the letter. The coolest part? Every once and awhile when they draw a shark card, kids get to feed the shark.

    My First BananagramsAges 4+My First Bananagramscheck price

    Players: 1-4 | Time: 5-20 minWith larger blocks, My First Banagrams is perfect game for preschoolers to practice spelling. In the traditional game, the tiles are placed face down on the table. Players all take 15 tiles and must try to use all their letters in a word grid. The player that uses all their letters calls out “Bananas.” For preschoolers, there are several activities to do. Kids can use the tiles to spell their name or even put the letters in sequence. The cutest part? All the letters come in a banana-shaped letter bag.

    Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Game HangmanAges 5+Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Game Hangmancheck price

    Players: 2Who doesn’t love playing Hangman? Now kids can take it everywhere they go with this fun travel version. In the game, you have to guess the word before the little man gets hung. All of the components are magnetic so kids can play over and over. Teaching letters, spelling, and word recognition, it’s a fun and easy game that the whole family can enjoy!

    Active & Dexterity

    Active & Dexterity

    When looking for games for preschoolers, look for gamers where kids have to use their bodies. It is important to get them to use their hands so they develop fine motor skills like pinching and picking up objects. Because they are still developing, dexterity games can really physically challenge preschoolers. Test their eye hand coordination and dexterity with these great board games.

    Yeti in My Spaghetti GameAges 4+Yeti in My Spaghetti Gamecheck price

    Players: 2+ | Time: 15 minHey Ma, there is a Yeti In My Spaghetti. This simple board game can bring hours of entertainment for the whole family. The board is shaped like a bowl. The little Yeti character sits on top of the criss-crossing plastic noodle pieces. Players take turns removing one noodle at a time. But watch out! One wrong move and the Yeti will fall into the bowl.

    Don’t Break the Ice GameAges 3+Dont Break the Ice Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minDoes he love destroying things? Don’t let the penguin fall! In Don’t Break the Ice, kids take turns poking out blocks of ice with a mallet while trying to keep the penguin from falling through the ice. Setup is easy. Place all the ice blocks into the frame and you are ready to play. Because it teaches how to take turns and builds fine motor skills, it’s a great game for younger players.

    Jenga Wood Block GameAges 6+Jenga Wood Block Gamecheck price

    Players: 1-8 | Time: 20 minThe classic game of Jenga is all about edge-of-your-seat stacking fun. Players start by building and stacking wooden pieces to build a tall tower then carefully remove the pieces one by one, taking turns. One wrong move could send the whole structure toppling to the ground. Crash the structure and you lose! It’s a game of skill, strategy, and luck. How do you stack up? Building fine motor skills and teaching STEM skills, it’s great fun for the whole family.

    Shark BiteAges 4+Shark Bitecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minShark Bite is one of our favorites for a great night of family fun. Players roll a die to determine how many colored sea creatures to fish out from the shark’s mouth with their fishing rod. Sounds easy, right? The catch? Since it’s random, you’ll never know exactly when the shark will take a bite! It really keeps the suspense high and keeps you at the edge of your seat. Kids and families will love that wonderful a-ha moment when the shark attempts to eat you for dinner and will share tons of laughter and great memories together. We love the super easy setup, the game’s length, and that this game doesn’t require any batteries. Catch more fish than the opposition to win.

    Pop the Pig GameAges 4-8Pop the Pig Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minGoliath has a number of board games that are perfect for preschoolers. With simple game play, a funny premise, and suspense, Pop the Pig is perfect for building introductory skills. In Pop the Pig, players take turns feeding the pig burgers. Kids will learn how to count as they press down on his head the same amount of times as indicated on the bottom of the burger. With each press, the pig’s belly expands. You never know when his belt will pop open.

    Flushin’ FrenzyAges 5+Flushin Frenzycheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 5-10 min“Can I play with poop?” This hilarious game tests your reflexes. Flush the handle to roll the dice. Based on the number, plunge the toilet that many times. Watch out! A flying poop might suddenly shoot of the toilet. The player that grabs the poop wins the round. Who knew catching poop could improve eye hand coordination?

    ThinkFun Yoga Spinner Yoga GameAges 5+ThinkFun Yoga Spinner Yoga Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4An award-winning game, ThinkFun Yoga Spinner, helps children play and learn yoga. Kids have to spin the spinner and perform the correct Yoga pose on the card. The player that collects a Yoga Pose card in every color wins. What’s unique? Parents will love that it gets kids active and kids will enjoy performing the various fun yoga poses.

    Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Fishing Game Ages 3+Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Fishing Game check price

    Players: 1-2Love to fish? Then you’ll love the Catch & Count Fishing Game from Melissa & Doug. In this game, you can actually reel in the fish and count up your score. The fish are magnetic so they easily attach to the magnetic hook. How many can you catch? It’s a fun game for developing fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

    Don’t Step In It!Ages 4+Dont Step In It!check price

    Players: 1+Don’t Step In It! from Hasbro Games is a pooped-themed game involving a clay-like poop substance. The poop is scattered around the play area. Kids take turns spinning the spinner to determine how many steps to take. The catch? Kids are blindfolded and – you guessed it – they have to avoid stepping in the poop!

    Pancake Pile-Up! Ages 4+Pancake Pile-Up! check price

    Players: 2-12 | Time: 5 minOn your mark, get set, stack some pancakes! In this fun relay race, two teams race to stack pancakes in a certain order on a plate, balancing them on a spatula. To setup the game, you must place the plate and pancakes 15-feet apart. A card is drawn and players must stack the pancakes as indicated on the card. Players in each team take turns using the spatula similar to a track and field race.

    Pie FaceAges 5+Pie Facecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minIn this simple Russian roulette game, kids first load the Pie Face arm with whip cream. The more the merrier. Then they take turns sliding their head through the crazy contraption and spinning the spinner. Kids turn the handle the same amount of times as they spun. At any moment, somebody could get slapped in the face with whip cream.

    Jumping JackAges 4+Jumping Jackcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minThis might be the most adorable game ever. A little bunny rabbit sits on top of a hill. Kids have to steal his carrots by spinning the spinner. The cool part? When one of the carrots is plucked, the bunny will jump high in the air. The player that catches him wins the game. It’s a simple concept, but very fun.

    Crocodile DentistAges 4+Crocodile Dentistcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minWho knew pulling teeth could be so fun? Crocodile Dentist is a super basic game for really young kids. In this game, players take turns pulling one of the crocodile’s teeth out and hope his mouth doesn’t snap shut. It essentially Russian roulette, so it can even be used to determine who goes first.

    Stack Up!Ages 3+Stack Up!check price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minWho doesn’t enjoy knocking down blocks? Stack Up! is a simple stacking game in which kids have to work together to stack blocks before the Stack Smasher knocks the tower down. Players take turns spinning, completing challenges, and stacking blocks. With three skills levels, it’s a great cooperative game that helps kids develop fine motor skills and teaches the importance of teamwork.

    Go Go Gelato!Ages 6+Go Go Gelato!check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minWho doesn’t love playing with ice cream? In Go Go Gelato, kids will have to use dexterity and speed to create the appropriate ice cream cone printed on the challenge cards. The only problem? Kids can’t touch the ice scream scoops with their hands. Instead they have to use the cones to pass the scoops around. The player that scores five points first wins the game.

    Animal Upon AnimalAges 4+Animal Upon Animalcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minMultiple award-winner Animal Upon Animal is like Jenga for preschoolers. It’s all about being steady and precise with your hands. Players race to stack all seven of their animals on the alligator base before other players. Adding an element of unpredictability, you roll a die to determine how many animals you get to stack. Who will be the first to create a pyramid? The catch? If your stack falls over, you lose.

    Loopin’ LouieAges 4+Loopin Louiecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minLoopin’ Louie is a fast-paced board game where players have to save their chickens from a swopping stunt plane. What’s cool? Every time the game changes since you never really know when Louie will take a dive. It’s all about timing your presses to launch Louie into the air and over your chickens. The game features two skill levels – easy and hard and it’s loads of fun. It showcases that even the simplest ideas can be super fun. We love that it is as entertaining for the kids as it is for adults and spectators alike and the games don’t last very long. Think you’ve got what it takes to save your chickens? It’s a great novelty game worth adding to your game collection.

    Build Or BoomAges 4+Build Or Boomcheck price

    Players: 2 | Time: 10 minBuilding something is a lot of fun, but tearing it down is even more fun! In Build Or Boom, two players race to complete a structure on a blueprint card. The twist? When somebody completes the structure, they slam the dynamite to blow up their opponent’s structure. KA-BOOM! It’s a “blast”!

    HABA Rhino HeroAges 5+HABA Rhino Herocheck price

    Players: 2-5 | Time: 5-15 minWho doesn’t love stacking cards up into towers and watching them fall? Rhino Hero is sort of like Jenga backwards. Players take turns carefully stacking walls and roof cards with fun challenges along the way. The first person who uses up all of their cards first wins.

    HABA Dragon’s BreathAges 5+HABA Dragons Breathcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 5-20 minDo you like fire breathing dragons? Dragon’s Breath is a unique tactile game with a simple premise. There is an ice cylinder in the center of the board with all different colored gems inside. It is represented by plastic rings that are stacked one on top of the other. Every round, the fire breathing dragon melts the ice, causing the gems to fall out. “Melting” is done by removing one ring. Players have to guess which colored gems that they think will fall out by choosing one colored gem token. The player with the most gems at the end wins!

    Fastrack GameAges 5+Fastrack Gamecheck price

    Players: 2 | Time: 10 minGet those fingers moving! Fasttrack is a speed dexterity game where kids use an elastic band to send wooden disks flying onto their opponent’s territory. Because kids have to shoot the disc through the small opening to cross over to the other side, it’s a great game for developing fine motor skills.

    Strategy

    Strategy

    Strategy games are great for preschoolers because they teach kids to predict ahead, visualize patterns, and see spatial relations. For preschoolers, it is important to choose strategy games with extremely basic rules. At this age, preschoolers might not think much about strategy and may move their pieces randomly. Still, these games really challenge their minds.

    Rummikub Ages 8+Rummikub check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 60 minOne of the bestselling board games of all time, Rummikub is an older game that is still a fun game to play. The idea is to get rid of all your tiles by forming runs of sequential numbers or groups of a kind. While it is designed for older kids, it’s not a very hard game to learn and great way for kids to learn about grouping and numbers. Once preschoolers learn the basic premise, they will be able to play on their own and beat everybody.

    QwirkleAges 6+Qwirklecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 45 minWe like board games that challenge kids. A game of spatial reasoning, Quirkle is a great game for preschoolers because it’s a simple matching game. The game plays like a lot like Scrabble but reading is not required. Players simply have to place down tiles next to another tile with one matching attribute (either color or shape). It’s a game that is incredibly simple to understand, but there is a lot of strategy involved. While younger kids might not be able to develop a strategy to win, they can focus on matching the pieces or creating pictures.

    Ravensburger LabyrinthAges 7+Ravensburger Labyrinthcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minLabyrinth is a magical maze game. Kids have to move through the maze to collect treasure pieces. The twist? On every turn, the maze is constantly shifting which helps kids with their spacial reasoning skills. To win, you have to visualize how the maze will shift by planning ahead. Designed for slightly older kids, it’s still a great game for preschoolers since it doesn’t require any reading.

    Sequence for KidsAges 4-6Sequence for Kidscheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minSequence For Kids is sort of like Tic-Tac-Toe meets matching. The board contains a bunch of different animals on it. Kids are each given 3 cards with pictures of animals on it. On their turn, they have to match the picture on the animal on their card with an animal on the board. They place one of their tokens there. The player that gets 4-in-a-row wins.

    Blokus DeluxeAges 5+Blokus Deluxecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minIt’s the classic game of Blokus with a larger board. The game comes with a board with a grid on it and Tetris-shaped pieces in 4 different colors. The game requires 2-4 players. Each player starts at a corner and can only lay down pieces so that only the corners touch. The object? Try to use all your pieces. At first this game is likely to frustrate your preschooler, but that is what allows her mind to grow. The game is also great way to work on dexterity, geometry, and fine motor skills by fitting the pieces on the board.

    Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Tic-Tac-ToeAges 4+Take N Play Anywhere Tic-Tac-Toecheck price

    Players: 2Tic-Tac-Toe is a classic game every kid needs in his/her game library. The game is simple to play and it’s all about getting three X’s or O’s in a row. This travel version is perfect for taking the game on the go. This set includes a game board and magnetic pieces. Magnetic pieces? Brilliant, huh? We love the game because it’s simple and offers endless replayability.

    My First CarcassonneAges 4+My First Carcassonnecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10-20 minBased on the popular adult board game, My First Carcassonne is a simplified version for kids that requires no reading or counting. In this introductory tile placement game, kids have to place their tiles so they form completed roads. If a road is complete, kids can place one of their colored Meeples along it. The first player to place all of their pawns on the board is the winner of the game. Unlike most games for preschoolers that are based on blind luck, there is strategy involved.

    Gobblet GobblersAges 5+Gobblet Gobblerscheck price

    Players: 2 | Time: 5 minLooking for a fun alternative to Tic-Tac-Toe? A multiple award-winner, Gobblet Gobblers is a 2-player strategy game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe but with a fun twist. In fact, the game plays just like Tic-Tac-Toe where you have to get three Gobblers in-a-row of the same color. The catch? You can gobble up your opponent’s piece for a surprise victory. The pieces can nest inside one another. Once kids get the hang of it, they’ll enjoy gobbling up their opponents and probably sometimes even beat their parents.

    Brandon The BraveAges 5+Brandon The Bravecheck price

    Players: 1-4 | Time: 10 minWho wouldn’t want to slay a dragon? Introducing kids to tile placement and strategy, Brandon the Brave is like Carcasonne lite. It’s basically a matching game with a bit of strategy. In the game, kids have to place their tiles around the castle following simple rules. When placing tiles, you have to match certain features and complete tasks. It’s great game for preschoolers to play before they graduate to Carcasonne.

    Cooperative

    Cooperative

    Say goodbye to fights and arguing! It’s no secret that preschoolers like to win. That’s why we like non-competitive, cooperative games, which require everybody to work and make decisions together. In these games you don’t have to break the rules to let preschoolers win, since these games allow everybody to win or lose as a team.

    Hoot Owl Hoot!Ages 4+Hoot Owl Hoot!check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minHoot Owl Hoot! is a great game to play with 3 year olds. It is a cooperative game that teaches kids how to work together in a team. Players are given color-coded cards, which allow them to move the owls across the board. On each turn, players play a card and draw a new card. If players draw a sun card, the sun will move. The idea of the game is to get the owls to their nest before the sun gets to the end and comes up.

    Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game Ages 3+Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game check price

    Players: 2-5In Disney’s Enchanted Cupcake Party Game kids will mix, match, and make cupcakes in time for the party. Girls will have a blast decorating a variety of pretty cupcakes. How many can you make for the party? We love that the game promotes creative expression and playing together.

    Outfoxed!Ages 5+Outfoxed!check price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minIt’s Clue for preschoolers! Outfoxed! is a fun cooperative game where you have to discover who did it. A lady’s pot pie has gone missing! Now you’ll have to crack the case. Kids have to work together to gather clues and rule out suspects. Collaborate quickly before the guilty fox makes his escape! Will you catch this mastermind thief or will you be Outfoxed?

    Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s BusytownAges 3+Wonder Forge Richard Scarrys Busytowncheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minIn Busytown, families will race around town solving mysteries and finding hidden objects. The game promotes teamwork and kids learn matching skills as well as object identification.

    Mermaid Island Board GameAges 5+Mermaid Island Board Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minMermaid Island is an award-winning cooperative board game for 2-6 players with games lasting around 15 minutes. The object is to work together to get the mermaids back to the island before the Sea Witch arrives. Everyone wins if you can accomplish this. It’s a great game for developing your child’s social skills and strategic thinking and perfect for mermaid lovers.

    Race to the TreasureAges 5+Race to the Treasurecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minRace To The Treasure is one of our favorite cooperative board games for little ones. The idea is to race the Ogre to the treasure by building a path to collect all the keys on the game board. Once the team collects all the keys, they can unlock the door to the treasure, but they must do so before the Ogre reaches the door. Will you race the Ogre?

    Pete The Cat The Missing Cupcakes GameAges 3+Pete The Cat The Missing Cupcakes Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4Pete the Cat’s birthday cupcakes have disappeared! Two to four players have to cooperate to help get the cupcakes back from Grumpy Toad. In this game kids will be performing a number of actions from singing songs to acting out activities to choosing their favorite foods, animals, and words to get the cupcakes back. Other players have to guess your action. Correct guesses earn you cupcakes. Beware the Grumpy Toad spaces allow it to steal cupcakes. Since no reading is required, even young ones can join in the fun. It’s a game combining luck, cooperation, and memory, and we love how it plays differently every time you play.

    Count Your ChickensAges 3+Count Your Chickenscheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minCount Your Chickens is a cooperative game for kids. It’s a game designed for 2-4 players with games lasting about 15 minutes. The chicks have flown away and you need to round them up by working together. Kids will have fun learning to count and cooperating to win.

    Dinosaur Escape GameAges 4+Dinosaur Escape Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minWho doesn’t love dinosaurs and volcanoes? In this simple to understand cooperative game, kids have to work together to get three dinosaurs to Dinosaur Island before there is a volcanic eruption. The game is played with a die, which determines how many spaces to move the dino or whether the volcano is one step closer to erupting. In order to rescue the dinosaurs, player have to move their dinosaur to the correct habitat area and find a matching token.

    Snug as a Bug in a RugAges 3+Snug as a Bug in a Rugcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minIn Snug Bug, players have to work together to move all the colored bugs under the rug before the 3 stinkbugs come out. After players roll a dice and spin the spinner, they have to find the matching bug with the same color, number, and shape. If there is not a matching bug, you get a stinkbug. It’s a simple recognition game with a focus on cooperative play.

    Snail’s Pace RaceAges 3+Snails Pace Racecheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 10 minSnail’s Pace Race is an award-winning, cooperative 2-6 player game for preschoolers. Be the first player to race your colored snail to the finish to win. What’s cool? Even the losers win in this game! Players roll the color-coded dice to determine how many spaces to move the colored snails forward. It’s a great game for teaching younger players basic board game skills, such as taking turns, dice rolling, and piece movement. This simple and quick game incorporates counting, color-matching, and memory, and even helps develop your child’s social skills. Traveling at a snail’s pace, who will win the race?

    Stone SoupAges 5+Stone Soupcheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minAn award-winning game, Stone Soup is a cooperative 2-6 player memory matching game where players work together to cook a soup by matching ingredients. Before the fire burns out under the kettle, players have to match all ingredients to win. Otherwise, you all lose. Although there’s not much strategy involved, it’s a fun little matching game for young kids and the whole family. It’s great for learning color recognition and counting and teaching spatial recognition, memorizing, sharing, following directions, and working as a team.

    OrchardAges 3-6Orchardcheck price

    Players: 2-8 | Time: 10 minOrchard is a classic, cooperative, award-winning game for 1-8 players. The object is to collect the fruit from all four trees before the raven eats them. If all players can pick all the fruit before the jigsaw is completed, everyone on the team wins. Otherwise everyone loses. Rolling the die determines what actions to take. The small wooden game pieces are designed for little hands and the rules are easy for little ones to understand and remember. Will your team be able to pick the fruit before the raven steals them?

    Family Board Games

    Family Board Games

    Playing board games with your kids is a great way for families to spend time together and build important development skills. Even simple number board games for preschoolers that are based merely on luck like Candy Land and Chutes & Ladders teach important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and patience. According to Geetha Ramani, a professor of human development, “Playing numerical board games appears to be a promising and inexpensive way to improve pre-schoolers’ numerical knowledge.”

    Connect 4Ages 6+Connect 4check price

    Players: 2 | Time: 15 minEven if they can’t quite understand the rules, preschoolers will have a lot of fun dropping the colored discs into the grid. It’s a game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe. You have to get four of the same colored coins in a row to win. These can be arranged horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The game is easy to learn and play but challenging to win. It will require a bit of strategy and observing your opponent’s moves to win.

    Guess Who?Ages 6+Guess Who?check price

    Players: 2 | Time: 10-20 minGuess Who? is the original guessing game! Kids have to ask questions to determine the opposition’s mystery character. Whomever first correctly guesses their opponent’s mystery character wins the game. If you incorrectly guess the mystery character, you lose the game.

    Candy LandAges 3+Candy Landcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minCandy Land is the perfect board game for 3 year olds. What could be better than gingerbread pieces and pretty colors everywhere? Since the entire game is color-coded, it is very easy to understand the rules. You don’t even have to read the instructions. The best part? This is a fun classic game worth adding to your collection.

    Candy Land Game: Disney Princess EditionAges 3+Candy Land Game: Disney Princess Editioncheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30 minIn this special Disney Princess version of Candy Land, girls have to be the first Disney Princess to dance at the ball! It’s the classic Candy Land game with an adventurous twist. For 2-4 players, the game features different play levels for older and younger players.

    ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-To-Score Game SetAges 3+ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-To-Score Game Setcheck price

    Players: 2 | Time: 15 minEveryone’s favorite party game is now supersized. It’s like Connect 4 where you have to get 4-in-a-row to win but this is on a larger scale. It’s perfect for indoor or outdoor fun and comes with a handy travel case. Think you have what it takes to win?!

    Chutes and Ladders Board GameAges 4+Chutes and Ladders Board Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 30 minEverybody has played Chutes & Ladders. This classic version of the game is sure to bring back a lot of old memories. Little ones will learn basic counting skills as they try to avoid the chutes and climb up the ladders. The first one to the top wins the game. Although the game relies heavily on luck, it’s a great first game for preschoolers since they learn basic game rules, dice play, turn taking, and counting.

    Monopoly JuniorAges 5+Monopoly Juniorcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 45 minMonopoly Junior brings the fun and excitement of Monopoly to younger kids. It’s the fast-dealing property trading card game that has become an all-time classic board game. Kids will be able to buy fun properties like a pet store, candy store and video arcade. The rules are simple and easy to understand even for a preschooler. The whole family will enjoy playing Monopoly Junior together.

    The Ladybug GameAges 3+The Ladybug Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minAn award-winning game designed by a first grader, The Ladybug Game takes kids on a brand new adventure every time you play. With an intriguing story and easy play mechanics, kids will have fun as they try to get the ladybugs home in this simple game for 2-4 players. The best part? No reading is required to play. It’s a game of luck more than strategy. Kids will have fun while being exposed to simple math concepts, counting, and reading. It’s the perfect first game for preschoolers and they won’t even know they’re learning.

    HABA MonzaAges 5+HABA Monzacheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 10 minAre you incredibly bored of Candy Land? With a fun racecar theme, Monza is a much better game than Candy Land. Players have to roll 6 colored dice and use these dice to move along the colored racetrack. Your goal is to use as many of the dice as possible to move as far as you can. It does take some planning to figure out how to move. Because there are three lanes and obstacles on the road, kids have to ability to switch lanes, which adds to the decision making. The player that reaches the end first wins the race. What we love about the game is that there is a lot more strategy involved.

    Party

    Party

    By playing with one another, preschoolers learn to communicate, become more confident, and control their emotions. Party games bring all these elements of play together. Get kids laughing and playing together with these party games that are great for small and large groups.

    LCR Left Center Right Dice GameAges 5+LCR Left Center Right Dice Gamecheck price

    Players: 3 | Time: 15 minLCR Left Center Right is a dice game designed for 3 or more players. It’s a fun and fast-paced game that’s really hard to put down. Roll the dice to see where to distribute your chips. Rolling an R means you distribute to the right, C means center, and L means distribute to the left. The last player with chips remaining wins and can claim the rights to the entire center pot. Never count yourself out in this game, as you could easily bounce back when you least expect it. It’s a great game for teaching preschoolers about their right and left. Although it is a game of chance and no skill, it’s fun for all ages.

    Tenzi DiceAges 7+Tenzi Dicecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 5 minPlayed with 10 dice, Tenzi is an incredibly simple game to understand for even preschoolers. It’s a matching game that is played using only dice. Players roll the dice as fast as possible and the first player to get the same number on all their dice must yell “Tenzi” to win. The best part? There are so many different variations that can be played.

    HedBanz Jr. Ages 5+HedBanz Jr. check price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 30 minGet ready for goofy fun in this fast-paced ‘What Animal Am I?’ guessing game. In HedBand Jr., kids place the cartoon picture on their heads with the included headbands that only others can see. They don’t know what the picture is and have to ask questions to discover what picture is on their head. The game can get really silly. Hedbanz Jr. has a great kid friendly animal theme and is much easier for preschoolers to play. Since there is a picture on every card no reading is required.

    Charades for KidsAges 4+Charades for Kidscheck price

    Players: 3-6 | Time: 30 minGet ready for a lot of laughs! Now even preschoolers can play Charades. Specially designed for kids, this version of Charades features cards with illustrations on them so even kids can play along even if they can’t read yet. Kids will love acting out the clues while their family attempts to correctly guess their actions.

    Happy SalmonAges 6+Happy Salmoncheck price

    Players: 3-6 | Time: 2 minHappy Salmon is a chaotic, fast-paced party card game. Players are given a deck of 12 cards that have various actions on them. The player who can get rid of their cards first wins the game. To get rid of your cards, you must perform the actions on your cards with another player to get a match. You’ll be slapping high fives, giving fist bumps, switching positions, and performing a slip sliding “Happy Salmon” hand slap.

    Silly StreetAges 4+Silly Streetcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15-45 minAre you ready to get silly? Silly Street is a creative game that gives preschoolers a chance to get active and develop social skills. The coolest part? The huge game board is actually a simple puzzle that kids have to put together. In the game, kids draw a card and then perform a silly action such as “roaring like a lion” or “chomping like a croc”. The pictures make it easy to understand the cards even if kids can’t read. There are a lot of hilarious ones that give your preschooler a chance to get silly.

    Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere BingoAges 4+Take N Play Anywhere Bingocheck price

    Players: 2 | Time: 60 minTake the classic BINGO experience wherever you go with this super convenient Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere edition. The game includes the board, magnetic markers, and a spinner. Who’s up for a game of B-I-N-G-O?

    Matching & Memory

    Matching & Memory

    Occupational therapists love memory games, because they help preschoolers develop visualization, memory, and eye hand coordination skills.

    Spot It Jr.! AnimalsAges 4+Spot It Jr.! Animalscheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 15 minSpot It Jr. Animals edition is an amazing family game! It’s a fast-paced game of matching animals! Put your skills to the test. It’s a great game for building image matching and recognition skills. The game is suitable for 2-6 players. It’s the perfect game for preschoolers and kindergarteners and it’s sure to be your go-to game for family fun.

    Spot It!Ages 7+Spot It!check price

    Players: 2-8 | Time: 15 minExperience the award-winning Spot It! game that’s fun for the whole family! The game features a variety of symbols with only one match between cards. It’s a party game for 2-8 players. Can you quickly spot the match? Kids will have to spot the match to win. The game develops focus, visual perception, and fine motor skills. It’s a game that belongs in every preschooler’s collection.

    Marvel Matching GameAges 3+Marvel Matching Gamecheck price

    Players: 1+Memory is a great game for learning how to take turns, language, and recollection. What happens when you combine the fun of matching with superheroes? You get the Marvel Matching Game. The Marvel Matching Game is the classic game of memory with a fun superhero twist. Characters include everybody from Spider-Man to Captain America. There are four cards for each character. Kids will love matching their favorite Marvel characters.

    Disney Princess Matching GameAges 3+Disney Princess Matching Gamecheck price

    Players: 1+The Disney Princess Matching Game is a fun game of picture matching and memory skills. The game features 72 Disney Princess-themed Picture Tiles. It’s like the classic game of Memory. Start with the tiles placed face-down. Flip two over at a time to find matching pairs. The player with the most pairs wins. The game can be played solo or with more than one player.

    Wonder Forge PJ Masks Matching GameAges 3+Wonder Forge PJ Masks Matching Gamecheck price

    Players: 1+Remember the game of Memory? Children will love putting their memory to the test with this fun PJ Masks-themed matching game. It’s perfect for building matching and memory skills and PJ Masks fans.

    Curious George Matching Game Ages 3+Curious George Matching Game check price

    Players: 1+The Curious George Matching Game is a perfect game of memory and matching for preschoolers. The game features 72 picture tiles and kids’ memory skills will be put to the test! The game encourages taking turns and playing together. It’s a fun game for developing your little one’s memory and matching skills.

    Disney Eye Found It!Ages 3+Disney Eye Found It!check price

    Players: 1-6 | Time: 30 minExplore a dozen Disney realms in Disney Eye Found It!, a hidden picture card game. The game features beautiful illustrations from the world of Disney, including worlds and beloved Disney characters. Race to see how quickly can you find the objects. It’s a great game teaching matching and object identification. Are you ready for the hunt?

    PengolooAges 4+Pengoloocheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 10 minPengaloo is a fun twist on the classic game of memory. The game is played with 12 wooden penguins that cover colored eggs. Players roll the colored dice and have to find matching colored eggs under the penguins. Like the classic game of Memory, the idea is to remember the colored eggs under the penguins. After preschoolers master the basic game, there are a couple of other variations to play.

    Shopping ListAges 3-7Shopping Listcheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 15 minLove shopping? In Shopping List, an award-winning game, players race to shop for groceries on their list. It’s a game of matching and memory. Flip over a card – if it’s on your list, simply add it to your basket. If not, flip it back over. You’ll want to pay attention to every card turned over. The first player to gather all the items on their grocery list wins. Since the game is made in Britain, the selection of items are of common items in the UK. It’s a great simple game for preschoolers that puts a fun twist on the classic game of Memory.

    Spin-a-Slice Pizza Matching GameAges 3+Spin-a-Slice Pizza Matching Gamecheck price

    Players: 2Who doesn’t love pizza? Spin-A-Slice is a 2-player pizza matching game where players race to make their pizza first. The object is to create your pizza order first with the exact toppings. Spin the spinner to determine whether you can steal a slice of pizza, lose a slice, get a free topping, or flop your entire pizza. It’s all in the name of delicious fun and it’s great for teaching counting, matching and taking turns!

    The Magic Labyrinth Board GameAges 6+The Magic Labyrinth Board Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20-30 minCan you find the secret path? Magic Labyrinth is a unique memory game that uses magnets. Players have to find magic items through the maze. The catch? You can’t see any of the walls of the maze. They are invisible. You will have to drag your magnet magician around the maze and use trial and error and your memory to make it through. The player that collects 5 items first wins.

    Card Games

    Card Games

    Introduce your preschooler to basic card games that offer simple rules, quick game play, a little strategy, and a lot of fun.

    Little Hands Playing Card HolderAges 3+Little Hands Playing Card Holdercheck price

    Players: 1Does your preschooler have difficulty holding cards? If your preschooler is going to play cards, this card holder is a must. Not only does it hold your entire hand, it spread the cards out so it is easy to quickly glance at them. While it is designed for little hands, you might find yourself using it too.

    UNO Card GameAges 7+UNO Card Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-10 | Time: 30 minUNO is a classic card game that is addictive, fun, and easy to play. SInce it’s a simple matching game where players have to match colors or numbers, even preschoolers can learn to play. The best part? The Wild Cards allow you to create your own rules. Get rid of all your cards to win. Don’t forget to call out UNO when you’re down to a single card. The first player or team to 500 points wins the game.

    Sleeping QueensAges 8+Sleeping Queenscheck price

    Players: 2-5 | Time: 20 minA spell has been cast causing everybody in the kingdom to fall asleep. In the Sleeping Queens card game, you’ll have to awaken 5 sleeping queens and protect them from knights and sleeping potions to win this game. Designed for older kids, Sleeping Queens is a slightly more complicated card game than Uno. Since there is basic math involved, the best way to introduce it to preschoolers is with an open hand so they can get help with the number cards. You may even catch them playing it by themselves.

    Smack it! Card GameAges 6+Smack it! Card Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-7 | Time: 10-15 minSmack It! is a fast-paced, addictive card game that puts an exciting twist on the classic game of War. It’s a game for 2-7 players with game times ranging between 7-14 minutes. Players rapidy flip their cards onto a center pile and battle for the cards in challenge rounds. When the Smack It! card appears, players will scramble for the win. It’s very easy to learn and perfect for family game night. Kids and adults will love how easy it is to jump right in and start playing and adults will enjoy it as much as the kids. Be forewarned: It’s really hard to put down once you start!

    Rat-A-Tat CatAges 6+Rat-A-Tat Catcheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 10 minRat-a-Tat Cat is an award-winning children’s card game. The game promotes strategy development and develops memory, math, and timing. The game features over 50 rat, cat, and power cards and is designed for 2-6 players. Players have to eliminate the high cards – the rats – and add low cards – the cats. The added twist is you can look at two cards, pick two cards, or even exchange cards. The player with the lowest point total is the winner of the game.

    DOSAges 7+DOScheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 30-45 minMattel’s successor to the popular game of UNO, DOS launches this year. Designed for 2 to 4 players, this new card game adds a new twist on the family-friendly game of UNO with a few new surprises up its sleeve. Like UNO, players have to match numbers and now you can even match colors. When you’re down to the last two cards, shout out ‘DOS’ to avoid a penalty! The first player to get rid of all their cards wins. It’s sure to be great fun for family game night!

    Skip-Bo Junior Card GameAges 5+Skip-Bo Junior Card Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-4From the makers of UNO, Skip Bo is a fun sequencing game for the whole family. It’s a game that combines skill and strategy to create sequencing stacks in ascending order. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins. But that’s not all! The Wild Cards add a fun twist to the game. Because it is easier to learn, the Junior version is a great way for preschoolers to learn the basic game play and how to count up to 10. The cards only go up to 10, the game play is simplified, and the cards have kid-friendly pictures.

    Go Fish! Card GameAges 3+Go Fish! Card Gamecheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 20 minGo Fish is a classic card game that at its core teaches kids how to play well together. The object of the game is to collect 4 matching sets of cards. When a player asks for a card and you don’t have it in your hand, you tell them to “Go Fish” and they draw from the draw pile. Otherwise you have to give them the card they’ve asked for. The player with the most sets at the end wins. The cute and colorful artwork will appeal to kids and the card numbers are easy to read. Families will enjoy playing this old favorite with their loved ones.

    Too Many MonkeysAges 6+Too Many Monkeyscheck price

    Players: 2-6 | Time: 20 minWinner of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award, Too Many Monkeys is a totally bananas card game for 2-6 players with games lasting about 15 minutes. Primo the Monkey was sleeping, but his friends have thrown a surprise pajama party. Flip and swap cards in numerical order to chase the pranksters away. A Wild Monkey card clears the room immediately but takes a bit of luck. The player who can bring an end to the mayhem and get Primo back to bed wins. Kids will learn number sequencing and probability.

    HisssAges 4+Hissscheck price

    Players: 2-5 | Time: 15 minHisss is a card game designed for younger children. In this color-matching game, the object is to build the largest snake. Each snake must have a head, body, and tail. All of the colored body parts have to match as well. Players take turns picking up cards and can either build a new snake or add it to the existing snakes. If you complete a snake, you add it to your snake pit. The player with the most tiles in their snake pit wins.

    Tell Tale Card GameAges 6+Tell Tale Card Gamecheck price

    Players: 1-8Once upon a time . . . Telling stories has never been easier than with this simple card game designed for preschoolers. The game comes with 60 double side cards with colorful illustrations that are designed to encourage kids to create stories. The coolest part? You can pass a couple cards out to the whole family. Then everybody can take a turn adding to the story and build the story together.

    Anomia KidsAges 5+Anomia Kidscheck price

    Players: 3-6 | Time: 30 minThe award winning party game, Anomia, has gotten a makeover for kids. Now even preschoolers can play Anomia since no reading is required. Instead of words, all of the cards are now illustrated. In Anomia, players take turns drawing a card and flipping it over in front of them. If there is a symbol match between two players, both players have to face off. They have to shout out a word that starts with the same sound as the image on the other player’s card. Oftentimes, because you are going so fast you blurt out nonsense.

    RuckusAges 5+Ruckuscheck price

    Players: 2-4 | Time: 20 minIt’s hard to find a game that little kids will love but won’t bore older players. In this silly card game, the object is to steal matching cards from other players. It’s sort of like Go Fish without all the rules. There’s no taking turns so everybody is trying to steal matching cards at the same time. Often chaotic, it’s a “Ruckus”.

    AquariusAges 5+Aquariuscheck price

    Players: 2-5 | Time: 20 minAquarius plays a lot like Dominoes where you have to connect similar elements on the cards. But the game features Goal, Action, and Element cards. Each player is given a Goal card featuring an element and your goal is to make 7 connections with this element to win. Elements include air, Earth, water, fire, and space. Players take turns trying to match elements in the play area.We love how it’s simple enough for a preschooler to enjoy, yet offers a surprising amount of strategic depth for older players.

    Puzzle

    Puzzle

    Puzzle games are great for rewarding logical thinking. Logic puzzles are great activity for kids to do on their own. Still, many of these puzzle games can be completed together. A lot of puzzle games come with a number of challenge cards. The first couple challenges are fairly easy but they become increasingly more difficult so these games grow with your preschooler.

    The Learning Journey Match It! SpellingAges 4+The Learning Journey Match It! Spellingcheck price

    Players: 1Spelling is a fundamental skill that kids need to learn. Make learning spelling fun with this great set from The Learning Journey. Kids will learn to spell 3 to 4 letter words with simple puzzle sets. This package contains 20 different puzzle sets that are self-correcting. This essentially means that they only fit one way. Kids’ learning will be reinforced with fun graphics.

    Rush Hour Jr.Ages 5+Rush Hour Jr.check price

    Players: 2-6Little ones can engage in the fun of Rush Hour with Rush Hour Jr. This award-winning logic and STEM game features 40 all-new challenges ranging from easy to super challenging. Players have to shift the cars and trucks out of the way to make a clear path to the exit just like weaving through rush hour traffic in the real world. The best part? The challenges get increasingly more difficult. It’s perfect for developing your child’s problem-solving, logical reasoning, and planning skills while having a blast. Can you solve all 40 challenges?

    Balance BeansAges 5+Balance Beanscheck price

    Players: 1There is something so fun about see-saws. Now Thinkfun has built a fun single player logic game around see-saws. The challenge is to balance the teetering seesaw with moveable bean characters. The best part? Through simple hands on experimentation, kids are learning how forces work without actually solving complex math equations. The game contains 40 challenge cards which go from easy to hard.

    Q-bits Jr.Ages 3+Q-bits Jr.check price

    Players: 1-4Q-bits Jr. is a fast-paced puzzle game that challenges kids’ visual dexterity, pattern matching, problem-solving, and hand-eye coordination. There are three different ways to play the game. In the first mode, players have to arrange their cubes to match the pattern on the card. The second mode of play adds luck into the equation with players rolling their cubes to match the pattern. Lastly, in the final mode of play you’ll have to recall the pattern from memory and recreate it. After six rounds, the player collecting the most cards wins. What’s great? The game offers the flexibility of playing the challenges solo or with up to 4 players and there’s something truly satisfying about completing the various challenges.

    Kanoodle Jr.Ages 4-7Kanoodle Jr.check price

    Players: 1Love puzzle challenges? Kanoodle Jr. features 6 puzzle pieces and 60 kid-friendly, brain-teasing challenges. You have to arrange the puzzle pieces based on the puzzle to complete the level and the challenges get increasingly more difficult. The compact size is perfect for taking the fun on the go. It’s a great game for developing spatial reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and we love how there are varying challenge levels to keep little ones engaged.

    Little Red Riding Hood DeluxeAges 4-7Little Red Riding Hood Deluxecheck price

    Players: 1An award-winning game, Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe is a preschool brain game for a single player. The game offers 48 challenges ranging from easy to expert to keep kids engaged. Can you outsmart the wolf and find a path to Grandma’s? You’ll have to think critically and arrange the puzzle pieces to create a path to Grandma’s house. Some puzzles even have you creating two paths – one for Little Red and one for the wolf. Plus, you’ll get a picture book to share the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood with your preschooler. Kids will have fun building problem-solving, critical thinking, and spatial recognition skills while playing out the adventures of the classic tale.

    Three Little Piggies DeluxeAges 3-6Three Little Piggies Deluxecheck price

    Players: 1Three Little Piggies is a simple puzzle game for preschoolers. This Deluxe edition allows parents to read the storybook of the Three Little Pigs to their kids with colorful illustrations to introduce them to the classic tale. Kids will use a combination of logic and reasoning to complete the 48 challenges, and they will have so much fun hiding from the big bad wolf. A 3 year old could complete the easy puzzles, but the harder challenges will even challenge adults. Kids will have to help the pigs build their houses, arrange the pieces so the pigs can play outside, and hide inside when they see the wolf. It’s a fun game for developing spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills.

    Castle LogixAges 3+Castle Logixcheck price

    Players: 1Jigsaw puzzles are fun but this puzzle is a nice change of pace. Not only will she have to use her spatial and fine motor skills, but she will have to use her critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve it. The idea is to build different castles that appear on the various challenge cards. With 45 different challenges of varying difficulty, it starts off easy but the challenges become progressively harder.

    More Board Games for Preschoolers?

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