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Fun Board Games for Toddlers and Young Children

Updated on June 21, 2014

Best Kids Board Games

Looking for board games for toddlers? I have game ideas for them as well as preschoolers and young children. Some are available for purchase and I also have ideas for easy toddler games to make. Playing is such a part of their lives at this age.

If you need a little time for yourself, I also have suggestions for educational learning games that your little one can enjoy on the computer. I've been through this stage four times, so I know what it's like to keep young kids busy.

The classic Chutes and Ladders game you see here can be purchased through Amazon below Did you play it as a kid?

Fun Games for Toddlers

Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game
Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game

Without a doubt, this is one of the most fun games you can play with your little ones. You roll the cube, then match the color of the cube with a card and act out the activity shown on the card. Kids have a blast doing their imitations while parents crack up at their adorable antics.

 
Candy Land The World of Sweets Game (Amazon Exclusive)
Candy Land The World of Sweets Game (Amazon Exclusive)

Most people have grown up with game. I did as a kid and I introduced it to children. This is an updated version of the classic game with improved graphics.

 
Let's Go Fishin'
Let's Go Fishin'

This was one of my kids favorite games when they were two. They loved trying to catch the fish. This is wonderful for hand and eye coordination.

 

The right toddler games can be both fun and educational.

Games for Young Kids

Chutes and Ladders Game (Amazon Exclusive)
Chutes and Ladders Game (Amazon Exclusive)

While Candy Land is a very popular first game for kids, Chutes and Ladders is typically the second game young children play. It's stood the test of time because of its ease of play and the way it helps kids learn about numbers.

 
Vilac Melusine's Mother and Baby Match Game, Animals
Vilac Melusine's Mother and Baby Match Game, Animals

Matching games are good for kids this age. I like this one in particular because it matches Mother and baby animals and kids love animals. (I do, too!)

 
Hi Ho Cherry-O Game (Amazon Exclusive)
Hi Ho Cherry-O Game (Amazon Exclusive)

Kids learn better if they have fun and Hi Ho Cherry-O helps kids learn some basics about numbers and counting while having the joy of playing a game.

 

Easy Toddler Games to Make

Make Your Own Board Game
Make Your Own Board Game

Perhaps you don't have the money to buy a lot of games or maybe you prefer to do things yourself. If this is the case, it's easy enough to make your own games.

If you want to make a matching game, decide on the theme of the game. It could be shapes or colors or even first words. Take blank index cards and make two of each item you want to match up. You can draw the shapes or words on yourself or use crayons to color the cards if you want to match up colors. For colors, you can even let your child help with the coloring.

You make make your own version of Candy Land with a poster, some index cards and crayons. Draw a circle within a circle, then draw lines to break the circle up into spaces. Color each space and then color cut up index cards the same colors. With each colored card that is picked up, move a piece, (which can be whatever you want a piece to be,) to the designated color. Whoever finishes the circle first wins.

If you like the idea of the Thinkroll Fun Roll and Play Board Game featured above, you can create your own version. Cut some index cards and color them different colors. Then take some full size blank index cards and using the same colors, draw borders around the cards and on the inside of the cards, draw a picture of and write a caption of what the player has to do. To play the game, simply draw a card from a pile, then match it and perform the activity.

Game image by San Jos Library at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

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Great Toddler Games

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Although the manufacturer recommends this game from 6 months and up, I would exercise caution because the game uses marbles and they can pose as a choking hazard. With that said, as long as caution is taken, young children will be delighted when the marbles are released and the hippos get to work.

 
Memory Game: Sesame Street
Memory Game: Sesame Street

Children love Sesame Street with all of its colorful characters. This match up game features their favorite Sesame Street friends. What I like about the game is that the cardboard cards are thick, making them more durable.

 
Hello Sunshine Game
Hello Sunshine Game

This isn't really a board game, but it's a fun, interactive game for toddlers to play. It gets kids moving around and is based on Hide and Go Seek.

 

Toddler Video Games

Toddler Playing a Video Game
Toddler Playing a Video Game

As much as we like spending time with our kids, the reality is that sometimes we have things to do, but need to find something to keep our children occupied. I found that learning video games really did the trick.

I'm particularly impressed with the Jump Start series. They have games for a variety of different ages and kids can learn so much from these games.

Its educational software is so popular that many teachers incorporate its "games" into their lesson plans.

Another series I recommend is the Reader Rabbit series. It also has great educational computer games for young children. It has won numerous awards and their games have sold over six million copies.

We're big fans of Disney, so my kids always had some good learning computer games from them. They never wanted to stop playing.

Child image by cambodiaforkidsorg at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Educational Computer Games for Toddlers

Disney Learning Toddler
Disney Learning Toddler

My kids loved this game. Not only does it have lots of magical Disney fun, it also helps with memory, observation and additional skills like learning letters and colors.

 
Adventure Workshop Toddler 8th Edition
Adventure Workshop Toddler 8th Edition

Children can learn their preschool skill while having fun with Blue, Reader Rabbit, Author and more.

 
JumpStart Toddler
JumpStart Toddler

Kids can learn shapes, letters and numbers while enjoying some fun music.

 

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Toddler Games

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What's Your Favorite Game?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @shellys-space: My kids and I had so much fun with that game.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love the Gone Fishing game! I love trying to catch those darn fish :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @jericho911 lm: I bet you have a lot of fun playing.

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      jericho911 lm 4 years ago

      We play the SMURFS version of Trouble. Great lens !

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @KarenHC: That's a fun choice.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      Our grandson is almost to the age where we can start playing these games with him. I think I'd like to try Hungry Hungry Hippo first :-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I also like board games.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love any young children's games because it is such fun to play games with toddlers. Otherwise I like games like Articulate and Balderdash.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Chess can be such a challenging game.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      It is still chess, I suppose, but I like board games too.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @aesta1: Sounds like fun.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We love to play board games especially in the cottage.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: You're such a doll.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I can remember getting chutes and ladders for a Christmas gift as a child, and I loved it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @jolou: I think we all loved that game as kids.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love these ideas, Janis. And as always another excellent lens.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kislanyk: Close enough. LOL

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Camden1: I Playing with your kids can be very enjoyable.know what you mean.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a lot of fun.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      I always used to play backgammon as a kid. Is it a board game? I used to love it.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      When my kids were younger we spent hours playing Yahtzee Junior and Monopoly Junior - I think I enjoyed those games as much as the kids!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hungry hippos is a great game!