There is no better gift for a young child than a board game. Board games offer so many learning and developmental opportunities. Plus, they are just plain fun and make for great family time! What are good games for 4 year olds? We have a great list below that includes some non-traditional board game ideas that are sure to please everyone! Make sure to also check out all our favorite preschool activities!
BEST PRESCHOOL BOARD GAMES
WHY ARE BOARD GAMES GOOD FOR PRESCHOOLERS?
Here you will find our list of what we think are the best board games for 3 year olds and 4 year olds. We own each of these games and have played them dozens of times together. They are tried, tested and true!
These board games are also great for playing with friends. Many of these are cooperative games where everyone works together and everyone wins.
Board games have so much to teach young kids. Simple skills like turn-taking, good sportsmanship, problem-solving, and more take place when kids engage in board games with either adults or other kids. Help by being a good role model and play lots of these preschool board games together!
Most feature different levels of play, making them good toddler board games and providing challenge for the older child. Each game doesn’t take all that long and encourages a re-play! Sometimes we even play several of these board games in a row!
10 BEST BOARD GAMES FOR 4 YEAR OLDS
Interested in games for older kids? Check out our list of games for 5 year olds!
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Don’t let the stink bugs win! Cooperative game using numbers, shapes, colors and size to eliminate bugs on the board before the stink bugs take over. This is one of our go-to favorite preschool board games!
This game is a recent favorite as a gift from a friend. Another cooperative game where everyone works together to get the chicks to their nest. No reading necessary, just match the animals to the spinner and count the spaces. Awesome preschool board game!
We bought this on vacation in summer and play it all the time! Help the elephant pack his clothes. Get all your items packed before everyone else but watch out for the mouse who will make you unpack your suitcase and start over.
This fun game is a twist on the I Spy theme. However, this is a three dimensional game with a bit of memory thrown in too. Different puzzle pieces hide different sections of the beach. Spin and see what’s inside. Remember what you saw to look again. Careful, sometimes you have to shake the box and mix it up all again!
This game is affordable fun and another birthday present this year for us, that has been played many times so far. Great game for learning about what number is bigger when each player picks a card. This game also adds in beginning addition if you choose. The player with the biggest number keeps the cards and whoever has the most cards in the end wins.
A simple version of dominoes for kindergarten and preschoolers. My son loves matching the animals. Fun game to play with toddlers too! The wooden dominos are sturdy and long lasting. Great for matching, counting and problem solving!
This is a cooperative preschool board game to help all the snails get to their leaves and have a snack. Simple roll the colored dice and move the snails. Cheer on the other snails!
This game was recommended by my son’s Occupational Therapist for developing fine motor skills. Simply push swords into the barrel in which a pirate sits. You never know which sword will do it and the pirate pops up! Surprise! This was great work for my son’s fingers but easy enough that it wasn’t frustrating.
This is a sweet game for learning about children from around the world! It is a little bit more difficult of a matching game but fun to see all the children from around the world!
10. Hoot Owl Hoot
Help the owls find their way to the nest before the sun comes up! A collaborative game perfect for families and also encourages a bit of strategizing!
A first preschool board game encouraging building and STEM skills.
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FUN PRESCHOOL BOARD GAMES
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