The Best 5 Board Games for 3 Year Olds

There is nothing more fun than family game night! Often parents are apprehensive about playing board games with preschoolers, but really, it is the best time to introduce them to the fun! Board games geared towards the 3-year-old crowd are often team games, or have easy competition, and are great learning opportunities for all sorts of things: number, letters, colors, you name it!

Below are our top 5 favorite board games for 3-year-olds that you definitely will not want to miss out on!

Peaceable Kingdom Snug as a Bug in a Rug Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game
Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Hi Ho Cherry-O
Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up! Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game
Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
Rating: 4.5/5
Rating: 4.8/5
Rating: 4.9/5
Rating: 4.7/5
Rating: 4.8/5
2-4 players
2-4 players
2-4 players
2-6 players
2-6 players
For ages: 3-6
For ages: 3+
For ages: 3-6
For ages: 3-5
For ages: 3+
Cooperative game? Yes
Cooperative game? No
Cooperative game? No
Cooperative game? Yes
Cooperative game? Yes
Teaches: Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Counting
Teaches: Colors, Matching
Teaches: Colors, Counting, Matching
Teaches: Color-matching, Balance
Teaches: Counting
Price: $$$
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Price: $$$
  • Peaceable Kingdom Snug as a Bug in a Rug Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • 2-4 players
  • For ages: 3-6
  • Cooperative game? Yes
  • Teaches: Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Counting
  • Price: $$$
  • Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • 2-4 players
  • For ages: 3+
  • Cooperative game? No
  • Teaches: Colors, Matching
  • Price: $$
  • Hi Ho Cherry-O
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • 2-4 players
  • For ages: 3-6
  • Cooperative game? No
  • Teaches: Colors, Counting, Matching
  • Price: $
  • Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up! Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • 2-6 players
  • For ages: 3-5
  • Cooperative game? Yes
  • Teaches: Color-matching, Balance
  • Price: $$$
  • Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • 2-6 players
  • For ages: 3+
  • Cooperative game? Yes
  • Teaches: Counting
  • Price: $$$

Peaceable Kingdom Snug as a Bug in a Rug Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game

1This fun, cooperative game geared for preschoolers has run numerous awards, and rightly so!  Players must use teamwork in Snug as a Bug in a Rug in order to make matches and get all of the colorful bugs under the rug before the three stink bugs creep up on top of the rug and stink the place up!

It also offers three different ways to play the game based on age and ability, providing years of enjoyment!

This exciting game helps to teach colors, shapes, numbers, and counting. It also helps young children learn the very basics of playing board games such as waiting patiently and taking their turn, spinning a spinner, and rolling a die.

Since this game focuses on teamwork and working together, it is low-stress as all the players are working together against the bugs: there is no individual winner.

Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

2In this thrilling game the squirrels are hungry and it is the players’ job to collect five acorns in order to win!

Each player takes turns spinning the spinner and then using the large squirrel tweezers to retrieve an acorn and put it into the matching color on their own log.

Not only does this exciting game help to teach colors and matching, it also helps to teach strategy with options like “lose” “steal” and “pick” an acorn. The use of the squirrel tweezers helps to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

This game also helps with great social skills like turn-taking and good sportsmanship.

Hi Ho Cherry-O

3Hi Ho Cherry-O is the timeless classic that makes counting in fruit orchards fun for everyone!

Each player chooses a fruit (cherries, blueberries, oranges, or apples) and races to fill their fruit basket first. Turns are taken with the spinner where the player gets to count the number and put that number of fruit into their basket, or – uh oh! – their basket spills or a bird eats a piece of fruit, and they must return fruit to the tree. Whichever player fills their basket first wins!

This fun game teaches social skills such as turn-taking, patience, and good sportsmanship (not everyone is the winner!), as well as helps to teach and reinforce math skills like addition and subtraction in an exciting way.

Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up! Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game

4Stack 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher comes!

In this fun, low-stress, cooperative game, players work together to stack 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher smashes their tower. They spin once to find out which color of block they must add to the tower, and spin again for a tricky challenge for adding the block, such as putting it on top with their eyes closed!

There are three levels and sets of directions to play this game so that it grows with the children and their abilities; lots of fun play for several years.

Stack Up! teaches great hand-eye coordination, color matching, and balance, all while reinforcing teamwork in a playful and positive manner.

Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It

5This game includes a game board that is over six feet long! Players will work together as a team while they bustle through Richard Scarry’s world of Busytown on an adventure, searching for secret objects.

Pig Will and Pig Won’t are on a task to gobble up all the food on Picnic Island, and it is the players goal to find all the hidden objects in Busytown before they do! Each player takes a turn spinning the spinner in order to make a move. If all the players make it onto the ferry and to Picnic Island before the pigs have devoured all the food; the players win!

Teamwork is imperative for this interactive and engaging game, and it also teaches counting and turn-taking.

So if you are ready to introduce board games to your little tyke, go ahead and play one of these great games that are sure to be a big hit!

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