My children love to play games. Over the years we have gone through quite a few games. Some we play once or twice but then give away because the children don’t seem to care for them very much. Others become quick favorites that we play for years.
Playing board games with little kids can help with so many important skills:
Today I wanted to share a list with you of our favorite board games we have kept over the years. These are preschool board and card games that my littles have loved! They are the ones that have been the most popular at our house with younger players.
I would highly suggest them as great gifts for the toddlers and preschoolers in your life!
The Best Board Games For Preschoolers
My preschoolers love playing games! Over the years we have tried quite a few fun board games in our family. These have held the test of time and are the favorites among my children.
They would make a great gift for any toddler or preschooler!
In this quick game, the first player to get all of their cherries out of the tree and into their basket wins! This game for 2-4 players is a good way to practice counting, gross motor skills spinning the spinner, and of course, taking turns.
My preschoolers have loved Labyrinth Junior! It's very easy to learn and a ton of fun! If you've ever played the original Labyrinth, this is very similar, just on a smaller scale so it's easier and faster for younger kids.
In this fun maze game, the game board is always shifting, helping young children to start working on the concept of strategizing their next move.
Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game is from Educational Insights. It is such a fun game that helps teach children shapes and foods. The tweezers are a great way for children to practice fine motor skills. It's always a big hit at our house!
Castle Panic is a HUGE hit with my older kids so I was so excited to find out that they have a junior version that's perfect for preschoolers!
Preschoolers are introduced to Goblins, Orcs and Trolls who wish to storm the castle they erect atop a sturdy board game. In this not-too-scary round of play, tots meet monsters and strategize to dump them in the dungeon (aka bottom of the game box) in this colorful coop board game that runs about 20 minutes.
With no reading required, kids can play this junior edition independently or as a family game night adventure.
This cooperative game is sure to be a huge hit with your preschooler - it certainly has been with mine!
Memory is a classic game for little ones. I remember playing it when I was a child and my kids love to play it as well.
This memory game is great for families with children of varying ages because even older children still enjoy playing matching games. There are lots of different characters, animals, and other matching games to choose from. I like one like this that's appealing to both boys and girls.
This is one of the most adorable board games you'll find for preschoolers. It's one of the best-selling preschool games and for good reason! It teaches kiddos color matching, sorting, counting & other simple math skills. The large squirrel squeezer is so much fun for kids and a great way to practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Yeti in My Spaghetti is such an easy game to play and yet so much fun! Playing a game takes only about 5 minutes, so it's a great game for those with smaller attention spans or for the little one who begs to play a game before bedtime. We've played it with children ages 2-9 and they all enjoyed it.
I still remember my younger sister playing Pretty Prety Princess. It was easily her favorite game as a preschooler, so I was delighted to see that they have re-released it for a new generation! I can't imagine a little girl who would not love this game! It is quick and easy to play and the contents double as great dress-up items!
Frida's Fruit Fiesta game from Educational Insights is a great way to teach children about letters. It also helps to develop strategic thinking and fine motor skills. Like the other Educational Insights games I've mentioned, this one also has its own squeezer that children will love to use.
My preschoolers have had so much fun with Pancake Pile-Up! It's a relay game where two children can race against each other or if you have more children, they can race in teams. I love the sense of teamwork it has helped establish in my children! It's a great way to get exercise indoors too!
If your child is a fan of Pete the Cat, they are sure to enjoy this game! My kids have had a great time play the Missing Cupcakes Game! This is a cooperative game, so it's a great way to help kids learn to work together.
Kids sing songs, act out physical activities, and identify favorite animals, foods, and words in this game, all while trying to find the missing cupcakes.
One of my children received this game for Christmas a few years ago and it has been a favorite at our home ever since. It's a simple, easy game to play and yet so much fun! It's a fast-moving game that can be played in just 5-10 minutes.
In this simple yet fun game for preschoolers, children feed the pig hamburgers until his belly pops! You children practice counting and colors while playing this high-excitement game. We've had it for about 2 years and my children still enjoy playing it quite a lot.
Candy Land is one of those preschool games that almost everyone plays...and everyone enjoys too! I know I certainly did! When my daughter was in the hospital for 2 weeks after her appendix ruptured, Candy Land was her #1 requested game to play, even at eight years old.
Candy Land is such a fun way for young kids to practice color recognition with the color cards as players move toward the candy castle.
This version of Candy Land is extra fun because it features the classic illustrations and game pieces we grew up with!
The whole family can have fun playing this one together. It's made for 2-4 players but (since there are a lot of kids in our family) we've even added in our own extra people when needed without any issues.
It's sure to be one of your preschoolers favorite games!
Another classic board game that belongs on every preschooler's shelf is Chutes and Ladders! This version from Winning Moves games brings back all of the original artwork you probably remember from when you were a kid.
It's the perfect game for young learners just beginning to count and helps them to practice number recognition.
Did you have this game when you were a young child? I did, at least, a version of it. I can remember how nervous I was when I played that the crocodile would snap on me.
One of the nice things about this game is that preschoolers can play alone if wanted or with up to four other players. I love that it doesn't have any loose pieces, making it great for travel. You can also play a round in just 1-5 minutes.
This game is a great way to make l earning to read fun! With the Daniel Tiger Early Reading Game from University Games, children explore letter names and sounds as they create simple words. Along the way, players collect gifts for each word they make!
It's definitely a must-have game for fans of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood!
Preschoolers will love this action-packed game with a delicious, rainbow-layer, foam cake as the center of attention!
The object of this fun, colorful game is to be the fastest baker.
Players race to stack their cake slices based on the order on a game card. The first to correctly stack their cake wins a candle, and whoever collects six candles wins and gets to wear the included chef’s hat.
The game requires no reading and is a great way to practice color recognition with your child.
This newest kid’s action game from Vango has all the pirate-loving tropes for young swashbucklers! Follow the treasure map, unlock a treasure chest, and collect the booty of gold doubloons that spill out of the Chest!
This fun game takes both luck. . . and strategy. This game helps kids learn colors, pattern recognition, and develop fine motor skills.