We all know how important it is to connect with our children. Winning their hearts is something that is at the top of our list.
It is often a mistake to think that you will connect with your children when they are older instead of investing time into them as little guys..
But if you think this way, you will be missing out on the precious time that it takes to form that relationship that you think will happen automatically when they’re older. Relationships are not something that are going to automatically happen once they are in the 5th grade and are at the “fun” stage. It takes parents showing up every day, connecting with them, showering them with love, training and disciplining them all while pointing them to Jesus.
This is why it is so important to connect with your toddlers and preschoolers! It builds that relationship bridge from the very start.
One of our favorite ways to do this is to play board games with our little guys. We’ve learned that many games aren’t suitable for their short attention span and their poor fine motor skills.
Today I want to share with you our favorite family games for preschoolers (and even toddlers!!).
The Best Board Games for Preschoolers!
This game is a MUST!
The kids love this game! They love the fun animals, they love making the animal sounds while making them walk to the ark. They love the fun colors and they often point out the ones that aren’t the real color of the animal and they all laugh at how silly that is.
The “can you imagine a hippo being pink?!” accompanied with laughter is too cute! You will enjoy watching your children play this game.
This game is so sturdy, it will hold up with the children playing with time. They are made out of thick cardboard that makes them nice and sturdy.
The spinner is also cardboard. They love the independence this game gives them! Our two year old can even manage to spin the spinner, so she feel very independent!
There are mainly just pictures on the spinner. Which is so awesome since most preschoolers aren’t reading. This makes them feel like they are making the decisions in the game with little help. With only one option being a word they learned really quick to remember what it meant.
The ark is big enough to fit all of the animals inside when you pop open the roof. Its so easy and fun!
Its such a big hit with our crew! I highly recommend it.
This our next family favorite!
This one makes the competitiveness of our boys really come out! Its a great character building game as well for that reason. They have to learn good sportsmanship!
Everyone can play because there is no reading involved.
Their little fingers can easily pull out a straw. Even two-year-old little fingers can manage this!
They all love the suspense of waiting to see if a marble will fall down. Then they laugh like crazy when they do!
It’s always a great night when we pull out this game.
I grouped these together because they are such quick games that we usually end up playing both of these on the same night.
These are only 2-person games. So we usually need to play teams. Or I will get them out while I’m cooking dinner or cleaning up and let my boys can play together independently.
As a mom I love this for 2 reasons:
- They’re doing something together. Growing their relationship. Learning to be best friends.
- They are busy doing something I approve of while I’m preoccupied.
This game is new to our family and we have enjoyed playing it together a few times.
The boys enjoy it a lot and caught on easily to how its played. It lost the interest of our two year old fairly quickly but she still enjoying sitting at the table with us watching everything happen.
As a mom, I like this game because its so good for their fine motor skills as they pick up the cherries.
The kids love spinning the spinner! It has animals on it so it was a hit! Its a fun colorful game that kept their attentions until then end. Which is always a successful game in my book!
This is such a great game! It is another opportunity for our boys to learn sportsmanship. Learning these lessons at home is crucial for them to not be sore losers on the football as teenagers!
It also gives them a chance to show off their muscles. Another things boys tend to love doing. It gives me a chance to encourage their manliness as they push down the popper. I love having a chance to encourage them!
Our preschoolers needs a little bit more help with counting but since he can count to ten he usually does great.
Again, no reading so its perfect for the little guys.
We cut this game down a bit and only use three of the four pegs for each player. This helps keep their attention on the game; I think if we used all four pieces they would want to be done before it was over. But by shortening the game they don’t do this so they want to play it again and again!
This last one works better for the older preschooler.
We adapt it for our Little Guy by not using as many of the cards, therefore, narrowing down the options he has to memorize. When we do this both of our boys can play it while having a great time.
I love the camaraderie that happens in this game between our boys. They encourage each other on almost every turn and they are saddened when their brother doesn’t get the right match. It’s adorable behavior that I like to encourage between them.
We need to watch our toddler with this game because she can easily disrupt this one with one quick movement of her arm! But she does play on Mommy or Daddy’s team by helping flip over the tiles. This is enough to entertain her!
Now in case you’re wondering, I didn’t include some common games. Why? Because games like Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders seem to be over our younger preschoolers heads. They can’t really understand the concept of the ladders, chutes and loosing your spot due to whatever card you happen to pick. For us, these games work better for the kindergarten and up ages. We’ve tried them but it usually ends in disaster! Since we like to have family game night, it doesn’t work for us to play a game that only suits our oldest child and leaves the other two out or frustrated.
These games on my list have worked out amazing for our kids!
Your turn! Do you play board games with your toddlers? What games are your families favorite?
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