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Are you looking for the best board games for 3 year olds? I have got you covered!

Playing board games is a wonderful family activity, and one of our favorite things to do, especially in the winter months in New England. It is so cozy and fun to snuggle up in front of the fireplace and have a family game night.

While three year olds can certainly be challenging (I have had four of them, so I can certainly relate!!!), they also have many fun and wonderful qualities. Starting to play board games with your 3 year old is a great way to lean into the FUN part of a three-year-old!

At 3, your child will be able to understand simple directions. In fact, playing board games is one of the best ways to work with them on following directions.

They are also starting to develop their little personalities, and it is fun to see them have strong preferences for their favorite colors and characters.

The age of 3 is really a wonderful age to start playing board games. I encourage you if you haven’t, to choose one from this list of best board games for 3 year olds, and start a family game night!

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I am fairly minimalist when it comes to buying things for my kids for several reasons.  When they have massive amounts of stuff it’s just more for me to clean up and organize.  I am all about keeping the cleaning to a minimum!  They also seem to get overstimulated and don’t play as well when they have piles of toys everywhere. 

Games are great for teaching all sorts of skills such as colors, counting, shapes, etc, whether they are labeled as educational board games or not.

Counting, colors, shapes, sorting, sure, those skills are great. However, board games are fantastic for teaching REALLY IMPORTANT skills for 3-year-olds, such as following directions, taking turns, waiting patiently, losing gracefully, and many other social skills.

The Best Board Games for Three-Year-Olds

The best board games for 3 year olds will have simple-to-follow directions, and no reading required (or at least the ability have an adult do the reading and not take away from the fun!).

Candy Land

Candy Land is a classic game that we all played growing up. It’s great for teaching colors, counting, and of course, waiting your turn. While it’s not one of the most fun board games to play as an adult, all of my three year olds have absolutely loved this game.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game


The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game is one of my all-time favorite toddler board games! The goal is to collect acorns from the tree to put in your game piece, which is shaped like a log. The players spin the spin and choose the color acorn they have landed on. There is a cute little squirrel squeezer that must be used to grab the acorns.

It’s super fun, and we love it! This is one of the family board games that our kids loves the most. It is a wonderful game for working on matching, counting, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.

Get the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game here!

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

This is another classic that most three year olds will be able to handle.

In this game, the spinner will let you know how many cherries to pluck from the tree and place into your bucket. It is such a fun way to teach numbers, counting, and, with older children, simple addition and subtraction. 

When I play this game with older kiddos, I ask questions such as “You have 3 cherries in your bucket! How many more are left?” They think it’s all fun and games, but they’re really doing math problems. Win, Win!

Get Hi Ho! Cherry-O here!

Count Your Chickens

This is a cooperative game, so everyone works together and everyone wins. This can be a wonderful way to introduce board games during family game night if you have a little one who simply can’t handle losing. While I think it’s important to teach children how to lose gracefully, it is also important to have games that focus on having fun instead of winning.

The players work together to help Mother Hen collect her chicks and get them back to the coop.

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Snug as a Bug in a Rug

This game is also a cooperative game and has 3 different levels that can grow with your child.

The players work together to get all of the bugs hidden under the rug before the stink bugs stink it up.  This game uses a die instead of a spinner and teaches colors, numbers, shapes, counting, and the concept of big versus little.

Find Snug as a Bug in a Rug here!

Bears in Pairs

There are so many ways you can play this adorable memory game. The little bears are hidden inside the doors. The players then take turns spinning the spinner to choose a door to open. The goal is to find a pair of matching bears!

I got this game for my youngest, Beckham, for his 2nd birthday. It is for two years old and up, and while he wasn’t able to grasp the concept of it as a matching game (or simply didn’t have the attention span), he still enjoyed opening and closing the doors and looking for the bears.

We love the colorful bears and the cute little house!

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Think Fun Roll and Play

This is the first board game that my twin girls, Josie and Margo played when they were two. It was fun enough for Theo to play with them and he was four at the time. It truly is such a fun game and a great way to burn energy and work on gross motor skills on a cold or rainy day.

This game is definitely easy enough for a young two year old to play. The players simply roll the ball and choose a card that matches the color it landed on. The cards each have an action for the players to perform, such as galloping like a horse, giving a high five, jumping up and down, etc.

While most of the cards have pictures that make it fairly easy to guess the action, you will definitely need an adult or an older child to assist with reading some of the cards.

Find the Think Fun Roll & Play Game here!

Monkey Around

This is another fun game for 3 year olds, that really works for ages 2+. Similar to the Think Fun Roll & Play Game, it comes with 48 action cards that have simple activities such as skipping, hopping, marching, and spinning.

It is a silly, wiggly game that is great for teaching children how to follow directions.

Find Moneky Around here!

Feed the Woozle

If your three year olds are anything like mine, THEY LOVE SNACKS! This board game for three year olds is about picking a silly snack (think hairy pickles and fuzzy donuts) and feeding them to the Woozle.

Your little one will work on dexterity and fine motor skills as they scoop up the snack with the spoon game piece and feed it to the Woozle! The best part is that they will be full of laughter at the sheer silliness of the snacks!

Get the Feed the Woozle game here!

Honeybee Tree

This is a really fun family game to play with toddlers, as it is simple to understand. In this game, the players carefully remove the leaves from the tree without causing the sleeping bees to fall!

Be warned, it does take about 3 minutes for an adult to set the game up, so make sure your younger children have something to do while you’re setting the game up.

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Uno Moo

This is one of our family’s absolute favorite board games! It is so much fun to play for kids and adults alike.

The concept is Uno, but with animals and a little red barn! An animal is placed on the opening of the barn and players take turns matching the game pieces, either by animal type or color, and knocking them back into the barn.

picture of the game uno moo, one of the best board games for toddlers

I like to make it extra fun by making the animal sound in a silly voice as I take my turn! This is a great educational game, that is still silly and fun. Everything needed for a perfect game for a three year old!

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Don’t Break the Ice

This is a game that I don’t have much patience for, but my children really enjoy playing. While it is rated for ages 3+, there is a great difference in skill between a just-turned three-year-old, and an almost four-year-old. This game is more appropriate for an older three year old, in my opinion!

In this game, Phillip the Penguin is balanced on top of the ice blocks. The players take turns knocking off the ice blocks. When Phillip falls, the game is over!

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My First Orchard

This is another My Very First Game by Peaceable Kingdom. I just love all of their cooperative board games! Players work together by rolling dice and picking matching fruit from the orchard before the raven swoops down and gets it.

If the players harvest all of the fruit before the raven reaches the orchard, everyone wins! This comes with a nice big fruit basket, and the game pieces are nice and large. If you worry about your little one putting things in their mouth, this is the perfect choice for you.

Find My First Orchard here!

Off to Bed

Off to Bed is for ages 2+, and what parent doesn’t want a game about going to bed?! There are three ways to play this game, so it can grow with your toddler.

The premise of the game is to collect all of the items that the animal friend needs for bedtime. It has high quality wooden pieces, perfect for a toddler’s first board game!

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Haba Critter Cruise

This is a cooperative game for ages 3+, in which players work together to match all of the animals with their suitcases and get them on the ark before the water rises.

The wooden animal pieces are high quality and super adorable! This game is perfect for younger children and still fun for older children.

Find Haba Critter Cruise here!

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Carrie @ Wiley Adventures

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Love these suggestions! I think I always underestimate what my little ones are capable of but they LOVE to play games....

Also, I wish all of the game people would get together and come up with a uniform box size for board games. The organization kills me ?

Connie Hulsart

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

I love board games and i completely agree with you, they teach such amazing social skills. Taking turns, being a good loser lol, etc are great skills to learn before starting school. My girls and i still play board games all the time. We love yahtzee, candyland, and cooties. Cooties is a really cute game for littler kids, check it out for Theo. Great post

Bre @ Bre Pea

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

My daugher LOVES the squirrel game, but those darn acorns end up all over my house because she sneaks them! lol

Caitlin

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Haha! Luckily my son is really good about keeping things where they're supposed to go. We worked on it like crazy because of the small pieces that are choking hazards for the babies.

Nicole

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

My son used to love Sneaky Squirrel! It's such a fun game. He's now a fair bit older so now he's into chess, connect four and monopoly

Caitlin

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Oooh, I love connect four! We have a tic-tac-toe game that my son loves, but he can't get the concept of three in a row. Every time he gets three, he thinks he's the winner lol!

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