Preschool Board Games
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Preschool Board Games

It is difficult to find preschool board games, that is for children 5 and under. When I spot one on the shelf that boasts 3+, 4+, or even 5+ I usually grab it! Board games can be a parent’s best friend. They are relatively quiet, sedentary, and offer a variety of educational and social benefits. I wanted to start playing games with my daughter as early as possible (both for her development and my sanity). I was surprised, however, to discover how difficult it was to find preschool aged board games, additionally it was even more difficult to find preschool aged board games that were not, well to be honest, mind numbingly dumb! I bought several of the worthless ones in the process of building our 5 and under board games collection. Here is a quick breakdown for you of games that we own and feel are worth your time and money as well as games that hold our preschooler’s interest for at least most of the game.

Hint: We like to play board games after dinner as a “wind down” activity. This is also a great time for our daughter because she has had all day to “dance her wiggles out,” “run off her energy,” “cool her motor down,” or however you like to phrase it.

Preschooler Approved Board Games

Hi-Ho Cherrio – We have the Mickey Mouse version (this is by no means necessary, it was just on sale via Amazon). She likes the interactive characters and “carrying” the cherries to the picnic area in Mickey’s or Goofy’s basket. There are the obvious benefits of counting cherries, number identification, color identification, and taking turns. One perk that is not advertised is that fact that the game comes rigged. It is basically impossible for the Mickey character to lose. This is a bonus if you are trying to teach a lesson about losing or if you want to sit and play a game but don’t have the energy to deal with the “I lost” meltdown that often ensues.

Doc McStuffins Operation – I am so glad we finally broke down and bought this gem of a board game. I prefer not to buy Character based games when possible due to the obvious fact that she will probably outgrow the show long before she outgrows the game. I admittedly did purchase a few over Christmas though, and this game was one of them. There are many other versions of this game; Toy Story, Sponge Bob, Nightmare Before Christmas, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Despicable Me, Star Wars, and possibly others. I am promoting the Doc Mcstuffins for preschoolers because it is definitely geared for children with still developing fine motor skills. My three year old can extract about 50% of the embedded items without setting off the buzzer. To me this is perfect because she can feel successful as well as challenged. I am going to throw out there that I assume the Jake and the Neverland Pirates version is similar based on the fact they are both Disney Junior shows and geared for younger children.

Matching – Good old fashioned matching games. These come in an unlimited selection of themes and characters. This is one time when I would suggest buying something familiar to both hold a child’s interest and make it a little easier for them. Also,these games are so inexpensive that you can easily hand down a version or sell it and buy another. I do however prefer to buy the larger sets because you can always remove some matches to make it easier (this also allows multiple “games” which helps hold interest).

Honey Bee Tree – Honey Bee Tree is one that came from a specialty store (it is also available on Amazon). It is basically Kerplunk, if you ever played that as a kid, but with a modern flare. You have a hollow tree trunk on top of which sits a hive where you insert single leaves on long sticks until you have a crisscrossed web of long green stems inside your hive, then you dump in all of your bees and begin taking turns removing leaves. The player who causes the least amount of bees to drop wins. It is great for fine motor skills and concentration as well as problem solving and strategic planning.

Eeboo Preschool Lotto Game - This is basically a combination of BINGO and memory. It is colorful and sturdy, perfect for even very young children. The games are relatively short which I think is a huge plus when playing with preschoolers.

Interactive Puzzles - We have several different varieties of these puzzles, one is a puzzle of a town with small cutouts where you place people who work in the town next to their buildings (these people work jobs that begin with letters A-Z). We also have a zoo puzzle that has tiles with a letter on one side and a picture on the other. The picture matches a picture on the puzzle and you can simply match pictures, or you can try to match letters and letter sounds. These types of puzzles are not difficult to find and can be a very engaging activity (that you get to do sitting down…huge bonus!) for both you and your preschooler.

I feel like that is a good start for our preschooler approved board game list. Here is a brief list of games that we also play occasionally and are good, but maybe a bit too advanced for our preschooler. To elaborate; she needs some help, the game has to be modified, or it is too long to hold her interest.

Trouble – We have the Frozen version which has a few added bonuses or avalanches, slides, and such.

CandyLand – An excellent, timeless game, a little too long for our three year old though.

Chutes and Ladders - She needs a little help and there isn’t quite enough action to hold her attention for very long

Guess Who – We have the Disney Junior version, which helps, but she does need some coaching throughout. This game hold her attention very well however, she asks to play multiple games in a row.

I hope you and your preschooler find this list helpful. Happy playing!


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