5 Great Board Games for Preschoolers

Most people by now know that I am pretty nerdy/geeky. I make no attempts to hide this. I love my Harry Potter, my Doctor Who, my Firefly, my books – I could go on and on. And I love board games. And card games. So it’s no surprise that in our house, I play games with Dominic quite a bit. And that Dominic is already trying to teach Allen how to play all of our board games. But finding good games for kids can be really hit or miss. Some games kids just don’t like. Some games parents just don’t like. Because, let’s face it, some kids’ board games are terrrrrrribly dull. The number of times you can play them before you lose your mind as an adult is limited. So I tried, on this list, for the most part, to include games that are somewhat enjoyable to an adult.

Disclaimer: The links to the board games on Amazon are affiliate links and will generate me a small amount of money if you buy through them. 🙂 

5 Great Board Games for Preschoolers

Trouble

Trouble is essentially a variant of Sorry/Parcheesi/insert other similar games here. What makes Trouble especially fun is the popping of the dice. There are lots of variations of this you can get. We have Star Wars Trouble. It’s fun because it makes R2D2 noises. But even the regular kind, just popping the dice is a lot of fun.

Spot It, Jr 

Like Trouble, there are many versions of Spot It. We have the Jr. version and also a Freeze version that we got from Chick Fil A. This is a twist on a memory game and it’s fun and interesting every time, even for adults. There are also a lot of variations you can play this game (with one deck – the instructions have rules for like 9 different ways), so you can start with an easier variation and work your way up to a harder one.

Are You My Mother?

This is an old Discovery Toys game, so you may have trouble finding it. But I include it because it’s a great game and it’s a worthy addition to pick up if you see it at a thrift store or rummage sale. It uses magnets and it’s quite clever, I think.

BusyTown Eye Found It!

This game is based on the lovable characters of Richard Scarry from my childhood. It’s a co-operative game, which means that it’s the game versus the players – you either win together or lose together. The game board is huge – over 6 feet long – and it’s basically a giant hidden picture game. It’s a lot of fun, we always enjoy it.

Hi-Ho Cherry-O

I will confess, I don’t particularly love Hi-ho Cherry-O. If you drop it, it makes a gigantic mess and it gets kind of boring after a while – there isn’t a lot of variation. But, Dominic loves this game and repeatedly asks to play it, so it’s worth it in that regard. This game is a classic – I played it when I was a child – so clearly it has a lot of staying power.

Why play board games with your kids?

If you don’t love board games like I do, you may be wondering why it’s worth it to play board games with your kids. They don’t always offer much in the way of enjoyment for the adults. But, board games foster important skills. Not only skills like math and reading, but social skills that are harder to measure. Skills like taking turns and learning how to be a graceful winner and loser. Plus, it’s family bonding time and it’s a hobby that can grow with you. The older your kids get, the more different games you can try.

Where do you get kids’ games?

There are a lot of places you can get kids’ games. Of course, places like Target and Amazon have them. But, since they are often outgrown quickly, you can find them cheaply at thrift stores and rummage sales. And yes, sometimes they are missing pieces. But, most of the time nothing that is crucial is missing and you can improvise.

What board games do you enjoy playing with your kids? 

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