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The Best Board Games for Preschoolers!

Having a hard time finding board games your preschooler can actually play AND enjoy playing? Family game night doesn't have to end in bad attitudes or tears. Check out what games have worked fantastically for our preschoolers (and toddlers!!)!

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!

Noah’s Ark Game

noah's ark

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.

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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.

spinner

The ark is big enough to fit all of the animals inside when you pop open the roof. Its so easy and fun!

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Its such a big hit with our crew! I highly recommend it.

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Ker Plunk

kerplunk board game

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.

Don’t Break the Ice / Don’t Spill the Beans

dont spill the beans board 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:

    1. They’re doing something together. Growing their relationship. Learning to be best friends.
    2. They are busy doing something I approve of while I’m preoccupied.

don't break the ice board game

Hi Ho Cherry-O

hi ho cherry-o game

 


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!

Trouble

trouble board game

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!

Memory

memory

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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12 Comments

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    l
    September 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    These all look like so much fun and I think I remember playing Hi Ho Cheerio when I was a kid! My 3 year old would love these! Visiting from Modest Monday

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 15, 2015 at 1:21 am

      Our Little Guy is 3 and he has such a blast with these games! I love that a lot of them are winning by chance games so he doesn’t always feel defeated that he can’t win.

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    Shannon
    September 14, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    KerPlunk is a huge favorite at our house too! We are also fans of the the “old-school” Wahoo game and Hungry Hungry Hippos. I found you through Inspire Me Mondays.

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 15, 2015 at 1:19 am

      My boys would love Hungry Hungry Hippo! It is going to go on their Christmas list!

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    Nina Lewis
    September 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I’m dropping by from the Modest Mom link party. This is such wonderful information! I love playing games and want to have some to play with my grandkids. They all look like great games — but I’m leaning toward the Noah’s Ark game.

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow and I invite you to share this idea (and a couple of other ones) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. I think that my readers would love this idea!

    My link party is at http://grandmaideas.com and runs from Wednesday through Friday night at midnight Mountain Daylight time. I hope you can make it there.

    All the best,
    Nina

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 17, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      So glad I could give you some ideas! Kids love games just as much as we do! I’ll head over to you linky-thanks for the invite!

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    Laura
    September 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    This post makes me smile. I grew up playing board games all the time, and I can’t wait to do the same with my little girl. (Although she’s only 10 months old right now- maybe in a year or two!) Candyland was always my favorite, and like you said, doesn’t require any reading for the little ones. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 22, 2015 at 12:25 am

      You will have a blast playing with her! It is a lot of fun 🙂

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    Nicole
    February 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    These are great suggestions! I plan to look into these for both our own collection and birthday presents for my son’s friends.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

      So glad they’re helpful ideas for you Nicole!

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    Kayla Reinert
    February 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

    These look like some fun games! Thanks for sharing on the Faith Filled Parenting Linky Party!

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