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Preschool Board Games Gift Guide

November 26, 2019

Looking for the best board games for preschoolers?  This preschool board games gift guide is just what you need!  In it you’ll find the best board games for kids.  Your favorite preschooler will be thrilled to receive any of these!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Christmas is just about here and we all know what that means – family members want to buy our kids presents!  I am incredibly thankful for the people who want to bless my boys with gifts but sometimes it’s just a little much.  My desire for minimalist living gets pushed to the back and, all of a sudden, we are drowning in toys.

I know some people show love by giving gifts and I respect that wholeheartedly so this year I am being proactive about gift giving.  I’m suggesting experiences, learning activities, books, and games when asked what my boys want.  Those are things you can never have too many of!

I rounded up a list of twelve of the best board games for preschoolers.  These board games for kids ages 3-6ish are ideal to suggest to your loved ones to gift to your children.

Best Board Games for Preschoolers

Uno

Yes, I’m starting this preschool board games gift guide with a card game.  Deal with it.  😉  I don’t know why I didn’t realize that Uno is the perfect preschool game until this summer.  If your preschooler can match colors, numbers, and can understand the few special cards then they can play Uno.  Caleb discovered a deck of Uno cards while we were on vacation during the summer and asked to learn.  He picked it up so quickly and now it’s one of our family’s favorite games.

Trouble

Trouble is another grownup game that preschoolers can totally play!  The younger kiddos may not understand the strategy behind the game but now is a perfect time for them to learn that!  This is one of the best board games for preschoolers since it doesn’t drive Nate and me crazy like some of the typical preschooler games.

Sequence for Kids

I really enjoy the grownup version of Sequence so, when I saw there is a version for kids, I had to look into it.  We haven’t played this game as a family yet but it looks like so much fun!  Instead of a deck of cards, this version of the game is played by matching animal cards.  I love the little pop of whimsy in the game when the dragon is used to remove an opponents chip and the unicorn is used to place your chip anywhere.

Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot

Peaceable Kingdom games are new to me but I love the idea of these cooperative games.  Instead of competing against one another, this game encourages kids to problem solve together.  Hoot Owl Hoot is a color coordinated matching game and kids learn simple strategy, following directions, and taking turns.


Connect 4

If your kiddo is obsessed with tick-tack-toe, Connect 4 is perfect for them!  Connect 4 is basically a bigger version of tick-tack-toe where a player needs to get four playing pieces of their color in a row before their opponent does.

Ticket to Ride First Journey

For some reason Caleb came across our Ticket to Ride game and was certain he would be able to play it.  Maybe it was because he obsessed with trains?  Needless to say, Ticket to Ride went WAY over his head.  I was excited when I found out the company made a kids’ version of the game!  Caleb will be getting this game for Christmas this year and I’m excited to play it with him!

Roll and Play or Move and Groove

There are two versions of this game so I’m sharing both of them.  You’re welcome.  😉  These games are meant for younger preschoolers and are taglined “Your Child’s First {Dance} Game.”  Basically you roll a big dice and pick a card that has the color on it.  Whatever’s on the card – that’s what you do!  Josiah will be getting one of these (probably the Move and Groove version) for Christmas this year.

Peaceable Kingdom Race to the Treasure

Race to the Treasure is another cooperative game from Peaceable Kingdom.  In this preschool board game all the players are working together to beat the ogre to the treasure.  Board games for kids that make kiddos work together brings joy to my heart.  Players have to help one another build a path and use problem solving to win!  I love the idea of games that encourage teamwork!


Guess Who

Guess Who is another oldie but goodie.  In this game you take turns guessing attributes of the people on cards in front of you until you figure out which person your opponent drew.  This is a great game to work on physical attributes and asking good questions.  Caleb adores this game and beats Nate and me all the time!

Spot It! JR. Animals

Want to see how fast you can find matching pictures?  This game is for you!  Between any two cards there is one animal match and you need to find that match before your opponent does.  Caleb enjoys the adult version of the game but we have to go easy on him.  This version is much more suited for preschoolers!

Charades for Kids

Anytime a kid has to act something out is hilarious so a game of just that is pretty much my favorite!  Any game that makes the adults fall over laughing is bound to be one of the best board games for preschoolers.  It’s just like adult charades where you have an action to act out but there are three levels on each card – including a level that is just a picture for pre-readers.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

No preschooler board game gift guide would be complete without a noisy, active game!  This board game for kids that are fans of noise fits that perfectly!  Compete with your opponents to get your hippo to eat the most balls!  Laughter and fun will be had by all!


Your Turn:
What board games for kids would you add to this list?
Do you have any favorite preschool board games?

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