Board games for preschoolers has never been high on by “to buy” list. I tend to be a bit on the impatient side, BUT we’ve recently found some board games for preschoolers that are TOO GOOD not to share!
If you have a preschooler at home and you want to keep them busy while you’re schooling with the big kids. Read this.
If you want your bigger kids to play nice with their sweet little preschool bro/sis. Read this.
If you want to pass the cold afternoons with your preschooler and still feel like they’re completing their “school” for the day. Read this!
Here are 17 awesome board games for preschoolers that we are really into right now.
17 Board Games for Preschoolers
- Feed the Kitty
New-to-us game and we are loving this one so much! It helps that Vera is completely obsessed with cats, too. Great game for hand-eye coordination and picture/symbol recognition. It’s quick, so great for preschool-length attention spans.
- Hi-Hi Cherri-O
The CLASSIC counting game. I wonder how many kids have learned to count to ten with this game. I have to watch closely though, because Vera is a competitive one!
Another new one for us. It’s a fast-paced game, so we do adjust our speed a bit for Vera. But it’s so good for recognizing similarities and matching.
- Gathering a Garden
I love everything Eeboo does and their games are especially gorgeous. This game is so great for spring–or anytime! The goal is to collect your veggies and fruits before the sweet (naughty) birds eat them first!
- Memory Yoga
There’s nothing cuter than a preschooler in Tree Pose. Just like classic memory but the picture are yoga poses. Players are encouraged to DO the pose before moving to the next pose. It’s so fun!
Another classic that is so great for learning to count, take turns, and more.
- Chutes and Ladders
I grew up playing this classic game. I like that they wanted to update it, but the classic illustrations will always be my favorite. Great for learning counting skills.
- Spot It! Alphabet
Spot It games are so good for picture/letter/number recognition and this version is so good for learning letters.
- Personalized Memory
I have purchased a new version of this game each year for several years. The kids find it SO fun to see their own faces when they flip over the cards. We love these!
- Create-a-Story Cards We love these cards. My preschooler is very imaginative and makes up her own stories all the time. These picture cards are created to encourage those storytelling kids.
- Feed the Kitty
Friend Recommendations: Board Games for Preschoolers
These are some wonderful recommendations from friends with preschoolers. Tried and true games that might become your new family favorites too!
13. Alphabet Go-Fish
17. Go-Away Monster!
Why I changed my mind about board games for preschoolers
I used to struggle a lot with sitting down to play board games at the 4-year-old level. My patience would teeter and it was hard to explain the rules over and over. As I’ve had more kids, my patience has deepened. I’ve learned so much that the stages of childhood and parenthood change so so fast. Having a high schooler all the way down to a preschooler has really opened my eyes to the speed of it all and I’ve learned to relax.
To get down on the floor more…allow more messes…and leave more space for dropped cards and rule-explaining.
I’m a much more patient mom to Vera than I was to Noah. But in turn, I’m a much more patient mom to my teen than I would have been without my preschooler. Such a beautiful thing motherhood is.
Whoa, I really took preschool board games to a deeper level than I was planning on.
Sorry about that.
Have fun with those sweet preschoolers!
Ok, bye for real.