The best board games for toddlers and preschoolers are cooperative games because they encourage them to take turns while developing other skills. There are many kids board games that are a fun way to help preschoolers learn. Here are some board games kids can play to develop their essential preschool skills.
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The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
Age: 2+ Players: 2-4
This game will help young preschoolers identify colors while helping them develop motor skills. In this game, players are invited to use tweezers to pick up acorns and match colors. It can introduce little ones to the concept of taking turns and is one of the best board games for preschoolers who are just learning to play games for kids. (https://www.teachingexpertise.com/best-board-games-for-preschooler/)
Ages: 3+ Players: 2-4
Hi-Ho Cherry-O is an game that teaches math and counting skills. While kids can have such fun picking fruit to fill their baskets, they won’t even realize they’re practicing math skills, such as counting, addition and subtraction.
It's also one of my mother's favorite kids games and has the official unofficial Lois seal of approval.
Pete the Cat: The Missing Cupcakes
Ages: 3+ Players: 2-4
Join Pete the Cat and his friends as they work together to get the missing cupcakes back from Grumpy Toad. Players collect colorful cupcakes as they sing songs, act out physical activities, and identify favorite animals, foods and words in this fun board game. It is a game of luck, memory, and cooperation that changes every time it is played.
Pete is also just cool, so have some Pete books around for after the game is over.
Age: 5+ (the box recommends age 6) Players: 2
Connect4 requires strategy and thinking ahead. If your 5-year-old has mastered Tic-Tac-Toe, let them try their hand at this.
As a bonus, there's just something about the sound of those red and yellow chips knocking into each other as you dump them out on the floor. Takes me back ... way back :)
Hoot Owl Hoot!
Age: 4+ Players: 2-4
Kids learn simple strategy, following directions & taking turns. Two levels of play allow the game to grow with your child and lets older kids play with younger ones too.
It also cultivates emotional development, shared decision making, positive self esteem, creative problem solving, and develop a sense of community.
Ages: 5+ Players 2-4
Skippity is the perfect game to practice basic strategic planning and forward thinking. When you jump to capture a skipper, think about what jumps you will be creating for the next player.
And once again, you get the cool noise of all the skippers clacking together :)
Ages 5+ Players: 2-4
Players score points by building rows and columns of brightly-colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape, without creating duplicates; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a "Qwirkle." It’s the perfect combination of skill and chance that all ages can play, understand and enjoy!
It's a true favorite at our house and our players range from ages 5 to 75.
Hi ... My name is Laura and I'm the Youth Services librarian at Hamburg Township Library.