When kids are exploring the world around them, they need some assistance from adults. This assistance can take the form of direct teachings and explanations, as well as games that help toddlers and kids master basic concepts of what’s around.
It’s a challenging job to select the best board games for preschoolers, given their huge lists. Still, here are the five most recognized and popular, remaining both the parents’ and the kids’ choice for decades.
As the name suggests, this is a variation of bingo. In this game, players also need to notice an object on their cards. Instead of those dull letters and numbers, though, we have pictures of familiar objects here. Dogs and birds, clocks and baseball bats, balls, and trains are easy to recognize. In addition, it features a very attractive and funny machine that sends out random tokens.
The cards are just 3*3, way easier to look through. They feature pictures as well as words, and it’s a great assistance for those just learning to read, so they can match pictures, words, and letters. Some call it the best board game for preschoolers, and they have their reasons. Alas, it lacks extra cards and tokens that would make the fun last longer.
In this lotto-based game for 3-7-year-olds, players act as customers in a grocery store. They need to fill their trolleys (that is, cards) with products to buy. Taking cards in turns, they check if the product matches their lists. Thus the game enhances memory skills, reading, and recognition. No wonder that Shopping List Game is among the most recognized learning board games for preschoolers.
Kids not ready to read yet? No problem. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game will get them familiar with concepts like colors and objects, as well as matching per se. In it, you have four logs to fill with acorns. In order to do it, players roll a spinner that points out the color of the acorn to take, steal, or lose.
It’s been among the best board games for preschool age since its release. It fosters strategic thinking, helps to learn colors and turns, assists fine motor skills necessary for, says, writing. Up to four players can play it; it may be the best board game for groups of three or four kids. Still, you can buy two sets for larger parties.
Known since 1974, this game remains highly popular. On a board, a player needs to build a row of four checkers of the same color. Others try to do the same and prevent the rest from doing this. In fact, it’s an advanced version of tic tac toe. It’s colorful and fun with special checkers, and it also teaches the basics of strategy, along with color and position concepts.
Why did it have to be Snakes and Ladders? Well, because it’s easy in its basics. It teaches you to count odd and even numbers, go forward and back, calculate your moves, and move your way. It’s based on pure luck, so young players have as much chance to win as adults. This evens the chances.
In addition, it’s a classical game that originated in India in ancient times. It gives parents a reason to talk about geography and history, animals and architecture, and many other things. Or learn a lot themselves if they detect a gap in their own knowledge. It’s a good idea overall to introduce classic board games for kids as they grow.
Which board games did you enjoy in your childhood? Which of them would you recommend to your own kids? Which new ones did impress you the most? Share your opinions in the comments section, and let the world know about it!
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