Our game closet is overflowing. We play a LOT of games. We always have. Which is why I want to share the best educational games for preschoolers (kids ages 3, 4, and 5); games that are both fun and educational and tested by kids.
These games are favorites from both my teaching and mom perspective; games we played over and over –and 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
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.
Racoon Rumpus Matching Game
Raccoons are having a party in your closet. Roll the color and costume dice and search the cards until you find a match! The person with the most critter cards wins. Kids think this game is so much FUN!!
Feed the Woozle
Use your fine motor skills and counting to feed silly snacks like hairy pickles to the Woozle in this playful cooperative game. But you’ll also have to get up and move, too — so be ready!
We played this game a LOT when my daughters were new to addition and subtraction. It makes practicing the math facts fun!
Zingo: Bingo with a Zing
Get your pre-readers to develop language and matching skills with this exciting bingo game that’s not only easy and fun to play but very popular with kids, my own included.
Matching and learning colors, this is a clever card game for kids, don’t you think?
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 to pretend play later. Your kids will LOVE it!