Owen has been really into playing board games recently! He's finally at the age where a game can hold his attention and he can handle following rules. We love that it allows us to spend quality, intentional, and uninterrupted time with him, and that he's learning to take turns, follow the rules and to be a good sport when he doesn't win. Children learn best by playing, and since most board games include some type of strategy as well as counting, color recognition, matching, it's the perfect way for him to learn while being engaged and having fun.
We're loving games so much right now that I've made a collection of 10 fun games to play with your preschooler! Some of these are games we own and love, and others are ones we've heard are really great and hope to add to our collection.
1. Zingo! - Just like Bingo!, but for young children. Zingo! Fast-paced and exciting this game brings learning to the classic game of
Bingo. Images with printed words and two levels of play make
this the perfect game to grow with.
2. Hoot Owl Hoot - Players help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up.
Play a color card and fly to that space. Draw a sun card and you're one
step closer to daylight. Help all the owls get home before the sun rises
and everyone wins! Two levels of play allow this game to grow with your
3. Let's Go Fishin' - This classic kids game teaches hand-eye coordination as players use
their mini fishing poles to try to catch the most fish. The challenge is
that the board game spins, and the fish open and close their mouths.
4. Sequence for Kids - Even if they can't read yet, younger children can enjoy playing this
great strategy-building game. The Sequence Game for Kids is easy to play
yet challenging and exciting. Just play a card from your hand, place a
chip on a corresponding game board space and when you have 4 in a row,
it's a "sequence" and you win!
5. Connect 4 - Just as simple and fun as you remember it being! When you get 4 discs in a row you win! Helps teach strategy and taking turns.
6. Marvel Matching Game - We own this one, but there are many varieties (Disney classic, baby animals, Frozen) of this fun game to suit your kiddos interests!
7. Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel - This fun game develops matching and sorting skills,
strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and
8. Tell Me a Story - With a set of 36 cards, featuring beautifully illustrated and intriguing
images, provides the components for children and adults to make up their
own stories. Thematically linked but open-ended images spur the
imagination and become the catalyst for creativity. Instructions
included for a variety of games and activities. Recurring characters, locations and props
encourage linking the cards in endless combinations for fresh, new
stories every time it's played.
9. Candy Land - This adorable version of the classic Candyland game we all played as kids features the colored
cards and fun illustrations that kids love, with different destinations
like Cupcake Commons and the chunky Chocolate Mountains.
10. Hungry Hungry Hippos - Owen got this game last Christmas and it was his first learning experience with winning and losing!
What games does your family like to play together? Tell me in the comments below!
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