Games for the Youngest Gamers

Games for the Youngest Gamers

Games for little kids and the whole family!

Playing games with your pre-k and early elementary age kiddos is really important. They get to practice all sorts of things-- social skills, problem solving, fine motor development, early reading skills, etc. etc. If you tell your kiddos that these are educational, they'll balk. 'Cause who wants to spend an afternoon practicing skills? And if you try to rope an older sibling into it? Totally impossible.

Good thing all of these games are fun. They're sneakily educational. You won't feel like you're being tortured when you play them. And older siblings will want to join in, too!

Heads Talk Tails Walk

2 - 5 players, 3 yrs & up
ThinkFun

Can you hop like a frog while clucking like a chicken? Have a blast trying with this delightfully silly game for ages 3+. Players try to match hidden head tiles to the correct body tiles. If the head and body don’t match, the real fun begins! Players walk and talk like the mismatched tiles—with hilarious results!

Count Your Chickens

2 - 4 players, 3 yrs & up
Peaceable Kingdom

Oh no! The baby chicks are out of the coop! Help Mother Hen collect her chicks and bring them back home. Players take turns, practice counting, and work together to find a winning strategy. Mother Hen says “Sqwaaaauuuuk”, which is Chicken for “Thank You!”

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Cooperative games are a great addition to your game shelf. With games like these, everyone works together toward a shared goal. They encourage communication and teamwork. Peaceable Kingdom makes our favorite cooperatives. They all have a fun angle, a different goal, and inventive game-play.

Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Games

Pengoloo

2 - 4 players, 4 yrs & up
Blue Orange Games

Go on an eggs-pedition! This memory game features quirky little penguins sitting on their colored eggs. Roll the dice and look for the matching colored eggs underneath the penguins. A good memory and a little luck will see you through. Be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg and you’ll win!

Engine Engine #9

2 - 4 players; 5 yrs & up
Amigo Games

This easy to learn (only 5 rules!) train-themed game will get young engineers racing for the finish. Roll the dice and move the track tiles, hopefully getting your engines closer to the finish line. But watch out... Other players can bump you back to the start!

Pool Party

2 - 4 players; 6 yrs & up
Blue Orange Games

Pool Party from Blue Orange Games

Dive in, the water's fine!

Although it's a bit tough to stay in the pool when it teeters on a spring! Pop your pieces into the "pool" and cross your fingers they don't slosh out. This one is fast playing and definitely high energy.