Looking for new ways to keep those little ones engaged? They’re full of energy and learning a mile per minute. But they can also get easily distracted without the proper tools. So why not add some fun, kid-friendly games to your toolkit?
That’s why we’ve compiled our top picks for the best toddler & preschool board games. These age-appropriate games are easy for children to both learn and play, and will get them excited about board games.
By adding some of these to your collection, you can choose to join in on the fun or get that much-needed breather. Everyone wins!
Check out our guide for the best board games for Toddlers & Preschool kids below.
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Toddler & Preschool Board Games
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#1. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Be Sneaky Snacky Squirrels in this competitive forest!
Take turns spinning the wheel to decide what to do. Collect a certain color or number of acorns, or get unlucky and lose a turn. You may also get the chance to steal an acorn from another player, practicing those budding strategy skills. But if the spinner lands on a storm — a gust of wind will blow all your acorns back to the tree!
Use the fun Squirrel Squeezer to move and place pieces and work on that coordination. The first squirrel sneaky enough to collect all their acorns wins.
With simple rules and some playful competition, your kids will go nuts for this game!
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#2. Create a Story Cards
Once upon a time…there was a game that got your kids excited about storytelling from an early age.
These fantasy-based story cards include characters, places, and props to get you thinking creatively. The pictures make it easy to join in, even if your young ones aren’t quite ready to read. Pull three cards, or one card at a time, to begin your tale.
- Create a Story Cards involves recurring Fairytales characters,...
- 36 cards in the set. Cards are perfectly sized at 3.75 x 4.75...
- Encourages imagination, creativity and story-telling.
#3. Color Go Fish
Playing time: 20 minutes
This twist on the original classic will be sure to catch the attention of your little ones. The fish-shaped cards come in a variety of fun, unique colors. Take turns collecting fish from the deck or each other, and finding matching colors to make pairs. Don’t forget to count the pairs at the end to find the winner.
With this familiar game, kids can practice their color-matching and counting skills independently-all while having fun. May the best little fisherman win!
- For ages 3 and up.
- Cards are 3.25 x 4.5 inches. Cards are durable and easy to use.
- Easy to understand instructions are included.
#4. Richard Scarry’s Busytown Gameboard
Playing time: 20 minutes
Let’s hit the town!
Kids will love playing on this Busytown gameboard that’s over 6 feet long! Tons of visuals and some sneaky, hidden items will be sure to keep their attention on the board. Work as a team, driving through the town to get to your final destination, Picnic Island.
Along the way, keep your eye out for specific objects around town. Can you spot them? The faster you do, the faster you’ll get to the island for a picnic. If it takes too long, the pigs may eat all the food.
Beat the pigs before they pig out and leave you with nothing!
- What you get - The game includes 1 game board, 4 movers, 4 mover...
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- Clear instructions - The game is easy to learn with clear...
Playing time: 20 minutes
Put on your detective hats!
The more hats the better in this cooperative game. Kids will love playing the role of detectives on this charming gameboard. Cute little crime solvers work together to solve the crime of a stolen pot pie.
Move around the board, collecting clues, suspects, and evidence. Using your best critical thinking and detective skills, you must catch the fox before he makes his grand escape.
You must work quickly or you’ll be…outfoxed!
#6. Hoot Owl Hoot!
Playing time: 15 minutes
This game is a real hoot!
Work as a team to fly all the owls back to the nest before the sun rises. Take turns pulling a card that will either move an owl closer to the nest or the sun closer to sunrise. If all the owls make it home before sunrise, everyone wins!
- HURRY LITTLE OWLS: In this color coordinated matching game,...
- LEARNING AND GROWING: Kids learn simple strategy, following...
- BENEFITS: Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...
#7. Sequence for Kids
Playing time: 20 minutes
Sequence for Kids is a smaller, animal version of the popular adult game.
The kids’ version uses fun picture cards to keep their attention while learning some new animal names.
Each player should have 3 cards in their hand at all times. Taking turns, choose one animal card to play. Put your playing piece on the same animal space on the board. Work against other players to put your playing pieces in a sequence. 4 pieces in a row wins.
Up, down, across, or diagonally-any way works as long as you get 4!
- The classic game of SEQUENCE made just for kids!
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- Exciting strategy game helps develop logical thinking skills
#8. Snail’s Pace Race
Playing time: 10 minutes
Snail’s Pace Race is a game of betting and luck.
With simple instructions and colorful playing pieces, your kids will catch on quickly. Each player guesses which colored snail will be first and which will be last. Players take turns rolling colored dice and moving the corresponding snails. While the snails race across the board, kids will practice color-matching and ordering skills.
Here’s to hoping you guess the correct winner and loser! We hope you snail it!
- What you get - Snail's Pace Race comes with 6 wooden snails, 2...
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#9. The Yoga Garden Game
Playing time: 30 minutes
Plant that seed of interest in yoga with the Yoga Garden Game.
This is a good one for those kids who have some extra energy to burn. This active game has children work together to plant flowers before the sun goes down. Move a bee around the board to decide whether you will plant a flower, help the sun set, or do a yoga pose. Land on the question mark to invent your own yoga move! Don’t be afraid to get creative with it.
All the children can participate by joining in or counting out loud during each position. This game can also be played solo for those only children or little ones needing some alone time. If you plant all the flowers before nightfall, everyone wins!
Your kids will be saying “Na’ma’stay and play” in no time.
- Parent's Choice Award winning game, YogaKids style!
- For ages 4 +
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Playing time: 5 minutes
Zingo! The kid-friendly, picture equivalent of the popular Bingo!
Instead of numbers, pictures include age-appropriate vocabulary. Think apple, star, cake, house. Children can practice their word recognition, speed, and matching skills in a race to complete their cards.
As Zingo picture tiles are dispensed, work to collect the ones on your card. If two players have the same tile — the fastest player to call it out gets it! The game also comes with two difficulty levels to appeal to a wider age range.
Get ready to yell Zingo!
- Trusted by Families Worldwide - With over 50 million sold,...
- Develops critical skills – Perfect for pre-readers and early...
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There you have it! We hope you enjoyed our list of the best toddler and preschool board games! Playing these games will have years of benefits for your children from brain development to cooperation, critical thinking skills, and more.
Have you tried any of the games on this list? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop a comment below!
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