Best Board Games for 3-Year-Olds

Kids these days, always watching TV or on their phones (when did we turn into our parents!?). Board games offer the perfect distraction and are hands down the best way to get your kids learning while having fun.

Shapes, colors, words, numbers, you name it; board games have got it. Foster a love for board games from a young age and train your kid one day to become a master in their own right. Your little one will soon follow in your footsteps if you get them excited with these fantastic board games for 3-year olds.

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Board Games for 3-Year-Olds

In a hurry? Take a quick peek before you go at the best board games for 3-Year-Olds.

Best Cooperative

First Orchard
First Orchard is bright, colorful, and fun. Kids will love working together to pick all the fruit before ravens swoop down to eat it all.

Best Educational

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
Besides being adorable, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel teaches some rudimentary math while focusing on color matching and sorting.

Best Overall

Richard Scarry's Busytown
Busy Town is a classic world that’s easy to dive into. There are also different themes for the Eye Found It series that include Disney characters if you’re not sold on the Busy Town theme.

#1. First Orchard

Players: 14
Playing Time: 10 mins

Can you pick all the fruit before the pesky raven interferes? Move along the simple board to collect brightly colored play pieces, perfectly designed for little hands. This game fosters the concepts of winning and losing and teaches kids how to take turns. The play pieces are even good for free play and the well-designed simplistic setup will keep them interested for many games over.

The game also promotes fine motor skills and color recognition and its cooperative nature means it could even be played by kids as young as 2. The game can be made more complex as they grow older. Not many games can age with your child so this is a great long-term board game.

First Orchard
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  • Develop social skills such as taking turns and following...
  • These cooperative board games allow players to work together as a...

#2. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game Box and Components

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 15 mins

The concept is simple, fill your log with nuts before the other players do in order to win the game. But add in a highly interactive game set-up and you can keep the kids entertained for hours!

Players have a log with colored holes and each hole needs to be filled with a fun plastic acorn. The spinner will tell you if you win or lose an acorn or two or maybe get to be a sneaky squirrel and steal from your opponent. The Squirrel figurine you use to add the acorns to your log is cute as a button and will quickly become your child’s new favorite playmate.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
  • BEST-SELLING PRESCHOOL GAME 5 YEARS RUNNING! Reinforce color...
  • A COLOR-MATCHING, FINE MOTOR SKILLS, STRATEGY GAME: Your forest...
  • HOW TO PLAY: Spin the spinner and pick up the matching acorn with...

#3. Richard Scarry’s Busytown

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 mins

Now, this is a trip down memory lane! As kids, we all enjoyed Busytown books and wished we could drive in an apple car, now you can bring your kids into the same fantastic fantasy world. The 6-foot-long board is as you would expect, busy, and full of cute characters and objects hidden amongst them.

Make your way from the bottom of the board through the town all the way up to the ferry that takes passengers to Picnic Island. Help Goldbug the cricket to find the hidden objects and move faster as you collect more items. Hurry, because Pig will eat all the food if he gets to the island before you!

Richard Scarry's Busytown
  • What you get - The game includes 1 game board, 4 movers, 4 mover...
  • Fun play experience - Eye Found It is a ton of fun for 2-4...
  • Clear instructions - The game is easy to learn with clear...

#4. Hi Ho! Cherry-O

Hi Ho Cherry O Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 15 mins

Kids will love the quirky design and fun playing pieces of the Hi Ho! Cherry-O board game. Instill the importance of taking turns by letting each player have a go at spinning the spinner. This will tell you if you gain or lose cherries.

Fill up your bucket before the other players to be the cherry-picking champion. You can also play cooperatively and try to pick the cherries before the bird takes them all. The game features a 9-piece puzzle that represents the pesky bird and adds a whole new level of intrigue to the game.

Hi Ho! Cherry-O
  • CLASSIC BEGINNER GAME: Do you remember playing the Hi Ho....
  • FUN COUNTING BOARD GAME: Kids ages 3 and up can have a blast...
  • SIMPLE GAMEPLAY FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Players take turns picking...

#5. Zingo

Players: 2-8
Playing Time: 5 mins

Bingo is no longer just for old folks in the community hall, now the pre-schoolers can get in on the action too! Each player gets a playing card with 9 images and words on them. The card dispenser then draws one or two image cards which players must then place on the corresponding blocks on their playing card.

Tension builds as the number of players increases and more than one calls for an image card. Fastest fingers first though! The reverse side (red) has more difficult words on them and is perfect if older kids want to join in. The game difficulty can also be decreased by letting the first player that scores 3 in a row win.

Kids will learn to multitask as they must look, listen, and read, all while trying to be faster than their opponents.

Zingo
  • Trusted by Families Worldwide - With over 50 million sold,...
  • Develops critical skills – Perfect for pre-readers and early...
  • What you get - This is the Amazon exclusive version of the world...

#6. Count Your Chickens

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 15 mins

Forty baby chickens have escaped the coop and mama chicken needs to get them all back. But the sneaky fox is also around, looking to let them out again. Help mama chicken move across the board and get the chicks back where they belong by spinning the spinner to see where you land.

The game seems super simple but the suspense that builds up along the way is palpable and losing a few chicks never gets any easier. Could we get all meta and call this preparation for life? Let’s not. But, you will teach the kids a few valuable lessons about counting their chickens before they hatch!

Count Your Chickens
  • FARM FUN: The baby chicks have flown the coop & Mama Hen needs...
  • COOPERATIVE COUNTING: Remove competitive stress, empower young...
  • BENEFITS:Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...

#7. Sequence for Kids

Sequence and Sequence for Kids Board Games Box and Board

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 20 mins

Sequence, the popular board/card game for adults is now available for kids too! This basic game involves a bit of strategy, patience, and planning.

Players get dealt 3 cards and take turns placing playing chips on the board. Each chip goes on a picture square corresponding to their card. They then draw more cards from the deck and continue placing their chips. The first player to successfully place 4 chips in a row wins the game.

There is no reading involved and the game is super easy to snap. Kids will love the replayability and it will tap into their competitive side.

Sequence for Kids
  • The classic game of SEQUENCE made just for kids!
  • Play a card from your hand, and place your chip on the...
  • Exciting strategy game helps develop logical thinking skills

#8. Feed the Woozle

Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 15 mins

If you are looking for a game that will get your kids up and active, look no further. Feed the Woozle is a kooky game that lets kids be silly from start to finish.

The Woozle is a fuzzy character that is hungry for some sugar-coated sardines and moldy macaroni, yuck! Roll the dice to see how many snacks you need to feed him. The catch is, he only eats from a spoon! Load up your snacks on the spoon and walk over to the Woozle to feed him 12 snacks before they all run out.

The game is cooperative and can increase with difficulty as kids get the hang of it. The spinner can add a new dimension to the game by making the feeder do a hula dance, bunny hop, or go crazy to make their walk to the Woozle even more difficult. Wiggle your way to victory by keeping the Woozle happy and full!

Feed the Woozle
  • SILLY SNACKS: The Woozle loves to eat hairy pickles and fuzzy...
  • GROWS WITH YOUR CHILDREN: Comes with three levels so it grows...
  • LEARNING AND GROWING: Kids learn dexterity, fine motor skills,...

#9. Animal Upon Animal

Animal Upon Animal Board Game Box and Pieces

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 15 mins

Few games resonate as well with kids and adults alike as Animal Upon Animal. Each player starts with an assortment of wooden animals and takes a turn to stack them on top of each other.

Roll the dice to see if you need to stack one or two animals but players can also choose which animal you need to stack or you get to add them to the base to make it easier for the next player. The dice will decide!

But watch out, if your animals fall you need to take them all back. The first player to stack all their animals wins. This game can be replayed for years to come and is loved by young and old. Watch out though, kids like to see the animals tumble so stacking might take longer than you hoped!

Animal Upon Animal
  • A wobbly stacking game for 2-4 animal piling players ages 4-99. A...
  • Players race each other to be the first to place all of their...
  • A roll of the die tells the players how many animals can be...

#10. Snug as a Bug in a Rug

Snug as a Bug in a Rug Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2-4 
Playing Time: 15 minutes

Get the cute bugs under the rug before the gross stink bugs make a mess! Players take turns to spin and need to find a bug matching the description on the spinner.

The matching bug gets to hide snugly under the rug. If there is no match, a stink bug gets placed on top of the rug and you are one step closer to losing the game. Three stink bugs on the rug are all it takes to stink up the room and the game has to restart.

Players work together to find the bugs in question. They get to identify numbers, shapes, and sizes and learn as they play. The game can increase in difficulty with three levels of gameplay.

Snug as a Bug in a Rug
  • WORK TOGETHER TO BEAT THE STINKBUGS: All the colorful bugs need...
  • LEARNING AND GROWING: Kids learn colors, numbers, shapes,...
  • BENEFITS:Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...

Wrap-Up

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best board games for 3-year-olds! These entertaining games are a fun way to introduce your child to board gaming, cooperation, and a whole host of other early developmental skills. Let us know in the comments which ones you’ve tried! We’d love to hear from you.

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