Inside: 23 of the Best Board Games for 3-year-olds.
I love a fun game night! Everything about it, the fun, giggles, and a little friendly competition. Games are my favorite form of entertainment, for rainy day stay ins or even when mama needs a few moments to relax, I LOVE setting the kids up around a fun board game to play.
Check out this great compilation of the best board games for 3-year-old! Keeping those little hands busy and hearts happy is really the goal, am I right?
The Best Board Games for 3-Year-Olds
Unicorn Glitterluck: Help the unicorns cooperatively find all the friends, get them to the party cloud and collect all ten cloud crystals! Hurry before baby Rosalie arrives at the surprise party. In this game, kids either win together when they beat Baby Rosalie to the party with all 10 cloud crystals, or lose together if Baby Rosalie reaches the party first.
Dragons Cave: A fun strategy game to play with friends! Gather gold coins on the way to treasure inside the dragon’s cave! Careful, you don’t want the Dragon to predict your movements
Balloon Lagoon: This fun board game for 3-year-olds is packed full of giggly fun. Plus it only lasts about 15 minutes, which is perfect for little attention spans. It’s the only game for young children that combines four unique activities that provide a mix of cognitive and physical challenges
Hoot Owl Hoot: Hoot Owl Hoot is a cooperative color matching game where kids work together to get all the owls to the nest before the sun rises. This a fun teamwork game where kids will have to use strategy to get all their owls to the nest. Similar to Candy Land where the kids follow colors to advance their owls. What makes it better is that they are racing against the sun. Super fun, great for younger kids.
Pop the Pig: Okay, so I don’t get the huge hype of this game, but my niece LOVES it! I mean LOVES it! It seems so random to the “adult brain” I guess but she laughs so hard and loves the simplicity of this fun board game for 3-year-olds!
Super Fun Board Games
Chicken Cha, Cha, Cha: A memory game where chickens are racing around the board to try and steal feathers from other chickens. Kids have to use their memory to advance on the board. Instead of drawing movement cards, kids must remember where the movement cards are to advance their chicken. If they catch another chicken on the board they get to steal a feather. This is a fun game to play with the whole family.
The Memory Palace: Kids exercise their memory, imagination, and develop storytelling skills with no reading required. Older and younger children can enjoy this game together.
Hi-Ho Cherry-O: Yes, this is such a classic game! I remember playing this as a little girl! I mean, who can resist the little fruits? Adorable. Learning to count and sort is always fun with Hi Ho Cherry-O.
Richard Scarry’s Busytown: I love Richard Scarry books, so of course, Busytown will make the list. T Kids get to use little magnifying glasses to find objects before the timer runs out. SO FUN!
Dinosaur Escape Game: The dinosaur friends are lost in the ferns and a volcano is about to blow. Can you help them escape to safety on dinosaur island? Memory, logic and luck will be your guide!
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel: Similar to Hi Ho Cheery-O, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is a game to help kids learn to fine motor skills and to sort by color. Kids love the little acorns and when they get to steal acorns from other players. This is a fast board game for 3 year olds that keeps kids’ attention and is easy to explain.
Shark Bite: Rescue the fish from the shark’s mouth before he chomps you. It’s a super fun game and totally keeps you on your toes!
Perfect Games for 3-Year-Olds
Coconuts: Fling coconuts into cups to score points and be the top monkey. This is a fun family game that small kids will love. The monkeys are fun and the flipping is a bit of a trick. The coconuts are small, so be careful around babies.
Animal Upon Animal: Animal upon Animal is a meeple stacking game like Meeple Circus but it’s much simpler and suited more for younger kids. Still, the animals are really fun. And there is something totally satisfying about stacking wood game components.
Go Cuckoo: Great family game to play with small kids. Draw sticks to create the nest and place your eggs in the nest. The first player to place all their eggs and the mama cuckoo on the nest without dropping an egg will win. Easy to play, fun for the whole family.
Giggle Wiggle: This is a quick finger game that will challenge small fingers as they stack marbles on the wiggle worm. This game has lots of small marbles, so you’ll want to keep it away from babies. The wiggle worm does play music and laugh so if you hate loud games, this might not be a good fit. But my son was adamant this game made the list.
Hot Potato: An electronic version of a classic game. Toss the plush potato as it plays music. If the music stops, players get out or earn a potato chip. Super easy and fun to play with the whole family. Is it just me or does anyone else wish they had partnered with The Wiggles to play their Hot Potato song?
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Hullabaloo: It’s basically creative musical chairs. You spread the mats all over the floor. Then start the Hullabaloo speaker. It tells the kids different colors, shapes or objects to move to while doing an action. It’s the perfect board game for 3-year-olds!
Feed the Woozle: The trick is trying to keep the snacks on the spoon while doing certain tasks. This game has different levels of play depending on the age of the players so this game grows with the kid.
Yeti In My Spaghetti: This fun board game is like the family-friendly version of Kerplunk. There’s no annoying chore of pushing the sticks through small holes, no marble choking hazards and no setup kids can’t do.
Let’s Go Fishing: There’s something irresistible about this classic battery-operated fishing game. The objective of this game is to catch the most fish with your plastic fishing poles. But don’t forget the fish open and close their mouths as they go around the circle, making concentration a necessary requirement for winning.
Wiggle Waggle Whiskers: I love this game! It is good for helping kids develop simple strategies and for counting. Plus, the animals are super cute and the game is easy to take on the go.
Oh man, what a list! I love EVERY. SINGLE ONE. of these amazing board games for 3-year-olds! Each of them teaching their own lesson and keeping those kids laughing and learning! Let us know in the comments what your kiddo’s favorite game is!