Our game closet is overflowing. We play a LOT of games. We always have. Now that my kids are growing older, I am weeding out our educational games for preschoolers (kids ages 3, 4, and 5.) But before I do, here is a list of our favorite preschool games. These are the games we played over and over –and the games that helped my kids practice and learn important skills.
What’s important to remember when choosing a game for your child is that it’s first and foremost FUN. As you’ll see with the games below, they’re also playful, engaging, and interesting.
For us to stay as non-technology oriented as possible, we play board and card games in the evenings. (Instead of watching TV or being on electronics.) I highly recommend this. It’s a great way to spend time together. And I love that we’re building memories.
The Best Educational Games for Preschoolers
Hands down this game was my kids favorite game for YEARS — this is so well-loved that my kids would just play against themselves so they could play it. The fun is not just matching the letters, numbers, shapes, and colors but using the special key to see if you get a ball. I think all families should have this learning game for their preschool age kids.
Laundry Game Jumble
This is the coolest game — my kids played this so much, even when they’d grown out of this stage. Kids choose a card then must use only their sense of touch to find it inside the washing machine. 2 – 4 players. (If you like this, also check out What’s In Ned’s Head.)
Shopping Cart Dash
My kids love playing this game — you get a shopping list and a shopping cart then race along the aisles collecting fruits, vegetables, meat you need to finish the task. For 2 to 4 players.
The Super Sorting Pie
We think this isn’t really a math game — just a totally groovy pretend play game. I bet your kids will agree. (But, of course it is a math game that gets kids sorting and counting!) You’ll have fun making pies, playing grocery store, and other interesting fruit-related things. (And, my kids won’t allow me to get rid of this — it’s just too much fun.)
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
Practice matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills with this entertaining educational game for preschoolers. Kids love this game.
Go Fish / Crazy Eights / Alphabet Concentration / Old Maid
These are the classic cards games of childhood. Stick them in your bag and have them with you at restaurants. I used to take my kids out for game dates at a bagel store and have many happy memories of Go Fish and bagels. My suggestion for Go Fish is to start with pairs instead of fours — it makes it easier to win and shorter to play which is better for younger kids.
Preschoolers pick fruit to fill their baskets and practice math skills such as counting, addition and subtraction in this classic kid-beloved board game.
Take the Cake
Shake and find match the correct geometric shape for your cupcake. We found this playful game to be delightful.
We played this game a LOT when my daughters were new to addition and subtraction. It makes practicing the math facts fun!
Shelby’s Snack Shack Game
Hands-on sorting and counting dog bones in this educational game for kids make processing numeracy skills lively and enjoyable. Not only that, your kids will be practicing social skills, too. Look out for those seagulls!
Matching and learning colors, this is a clever card game for kids, don’t you think?
Kids listen, count, subtract, and move fast in this hands-on clever game. We liked playing this game with friends.
Guess Who? Board Game
My kids played this reasoning game from the time they were preschoolers until middle school. It’s a great dad-kid game or mom-kid game pick.
Mini Muffin Match Up
Play this educational game for preschoolers then use the materials for pretend. Your kids will LOVE it!
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