The Games We Play: Preschool Edition

B and I love games. We play Gin Rummy together frequently. Bananagrams. Scrabble when we have hours. We adore playing games with friends, too. So when it came to playing games with our kids, we were all about it. But, because B and I are game people – we wanted to like the games we play with our kids, too. From my babysitting days, there are plenty of games that kids love (and that I loved) that are a bit tedious for adults. Candy Land comes to mind…

So anyway, here are our current favorite games to play with Thomas, who is 3 and a half. Nell, at one and a half, “plays” some of these too.

favorite-games-for-preschoolersFrom top to bottom (no affiliate links, just linking for your convenience):

Uno Moo: This is just fun. Thomas loves this game and is obsessed with skunks suddenly as a result of it. Nell also loves the game – she plays with us and on her own, but one of us helps her by giving directions like, “Nell, play your yellow chicken now to knock out Thomas’s blue chicken”.

Spot It, Jr: Santa put this in Thomas’s stocking and it’s been a favorite since Christmas. There are a couple different games you can play with it, and it goes quickly. B and I have played a couple nights after the kids are in bed, too. This is also our go-to gift for Thomas’s preschool classmates.

Zingo: I bought this based on Sarah at Clover Lane’s suggestion at Thanksgiving to play with Thomas and my nieces, and it’s a definite family hit. I couldn’t figure out what was so great about it from the description online – sounded like a fancied up bingo (it is). But way more fun than Bingo, plus it’s quick and just competitive enough for little kids without overwhelming them or making you “go easy” on them.  And I feel like my kids are now going to have a leg up on their nursing home buddies in their old age. Preparing them for life right here. Preparing them for life.

Alphabet Memory: I’ve mentioned before that we play a shortened version of this game. And honestly, Memory is not my favorite. But it’s so good for kids – it teaches focus. We pull out the letters of Thomas’s name when we play most of the time, and every now and then will do the whole alphabet, but that’s still a bit complicated for him.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel: Since I mentioned this over a year ago, I doubt it needs much explaining, but it’s a really fun game, and goes relatively quickly, too. Thomas received this for Christmas when he was 2.5, but Nell can play this one by herself with very little direction from us, too, so it’s nice to have a game that the four of us can play together since so many of the games are a little beyond Nell right now.

Sequence for Kids: This is our newest game acquisition, and it’s Thomas’s current favorite. He loves “blocking” us from winning, and it teaches strategy – which is beyond Thomas right now, but something we talk about and work on. We play this at least once a day right now.

So those are our current favorites, what about you? Any great games you’ve played lately (kid or grown-up, I’m always up for suggestions in either category!)?


  1. Melissa says:

    For our 3 and 5 year old we love Busytown, Headbands, and Monopoly Party. We also love Spot It- we have the non jr version and my 5 year old can still sometimes beat me!

  2. Danielle says:

    Love this! Charlie and I also love games and haven’t played in what feels like forever. I’ll have to check a few of these out for Avery.

  3. Jennifer says:

    My four year old twins love to play Sequence Junior and Spot It Junior with us. Thanks for all of the suggestions!

  4. Fun! Totally pinning this. Great ideas for when Henry gets a bit older.

  5. Thanks for this! We bought Sneaky Snacky Squirrel after your earlier recommendation and it has been a huge hit. I am adding these games to our wish list. My 4 year old got Pop ‘N Drop Penguins for her birthday in February and we like that one. It is basically the game of “Sorry” but penguins are more fun!

  6. We love games too! Animal Upon Animal is a big hit, as is any Haba game, really. We have two other Haba games – Catch Me Mini (great for travel!) and Dancing Eggs and we love them all. Raccoon Rumpus and Laundry Jumble are two we’ve gotten recently and love. And an oldie but a goodie – Sorry!

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