There’s nothing like sitting down and playing a sometimes spirited round of a board game with your family. You probably have memories of beating your parents or siblings at a game. Your siblings might not agree with your account of their loss, though. Your little one is definitely not ready for Monopoly, Settlers of Catan or even the game of Life, but in their toddler years, you can play more basic board games with them. You can instill a love of board games at an early age.
We rounded up the best board games for toddlers for you. It’s important to find a board game that isn’t going to be overwhelming or too complex, which might result in tantrums and sobbing. In addition to fun, board games should be a tiny bit educational. Your kids can learn skills while having a good time. The games below all let your child practice their counting skills and even some basic math. One of our games promises to be a perfect first board game choice. It’s meant for children as young as two. Another pick is such a legendary game that you’ll want to teach your kid about this game that you probably played as a child.
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1. Hasbro Gaming Candy Land
Candy Land has been around since 1949. Introduce the new generation to this groundbreaking board game. Journey to Candy Land, which is designed for kids ages 3 and up, and race your kids to the castle, while passing colorful characters, like the Snowflake Princess along the way. The game includes a newly designed board, four pawns, a card deck and instructions. Your kids will love the vibrant world of Candy Land and King Candy.
2. Hasbro Hi Ho! Cherry-O Board Game
This game, meant for kids ages 3 and up, makes counting and basic math fun. Your kids might not even realize it as they eagerly count how much fruit they’ve amassed during this game. Each player spins the spinner to determine if you can take fruit from your tree or put it back into the bucket. Whoever has the most fruit at the end of the game wins. Your kids will love the bright multi-color fruit, and you’ll love how easy it is to set up this game.
3. HABA My Very First Games – First Orchard Cooperative Game
If your toddler has never played a board game before, this is a great first game to introduce them to the concept of board games. This game is meant for kids ages 2 and up, and for one to four players. In this game, you work together to pick the fruit from the trees before the nefarious raven gets to the orchard. The First Orchard game teaches collaboration. It comes with one raven, one fruit basket, four green apples, four red apples, four yellow pears, four blue plums, five path cards, four trees, one color-symbol die and a set of game instructions.