Preschoolers love games! Games are good for preschoolers, too, because they teach so much. They teach good sportsmanship. They teach early logic skills. Games can be used to teach early academic concepts, as well, such as counting and color recognition. Below, you’ll find a list of ten of my favorite games to play with preschoolers. We’ve owned all of them at some point through my kids’ early years. Now, though, many of the classics have been revamped for today’s kids with new graphics. Some even have new versions based on today’s popular movies – such as the Minion Memory Game below.
Favorite Board Games for Preschoolers
Don’t Break the Ice ~ Tap the blocks of ice out one at a time, but don’t let the bear fall through the ice!
Hungry Hippos ~ This is a classic from my own childhood, and I loved sharing it with my own kids. We loved trying to get our hungry hippos to eat the most marbles.
Ants in the Pants ~ Be the first to flip all your ants into the dog’s pants to be the winner! This one will have everyone giggling!
Hi Ho Cherry-O ~ Spin the spinner to see how many cherries to pick off of your cherry tree. Just don’t spill your basket!
Candyland ~ No childhood game cabinet would be complete without Candyland! This was one of my favorites when I was a child, and each of my kids loved it, as well!
Chutes and Ladders ~ Can you be the first to reach the top of the game board without sliding down the slippery slides?
Cootie ~ Can you be the first to build your very own cutie cootie?
Memory Game ~ There are many different versions of this family classic game. Right now, the Minion version is at the top of Emma’s list!
Scrabble Jr. ~ Here’s a game that teaches while you are having fun! One side has letters on the board so your little match their tiles to the board to form pre-programmed words. The other side is blank so kids can create their own words.
Connect Four ~ A game of logic. Drop your disks to connect four in a row of the same color.
What is your favorite game to play with your little ones?