As parents, every milestone in our kid’s life seems to be monumental. “Ooh, they just called me mama!”, “wow, they just learned how to open the door”, etc. These are amazing moments that we all long for. However, there is nothing that beats that period when they begin to learn and can coordinate different things.
You always want to enhance their skills. When my child finally turned two, I was so excited because there is no better way to bond with your kid, have fun, and still teach them new skills than playing board games. Note that the best time to introduce them to this is while they are still young and they will grow to enjoy it. Board games help toddlers to learn about numbers, the alphabet, shapes, colors, new vocabularies, to take instructions etc. After going through and getting a variety of board games, below is a list of the top board games that I consider the best for kids between 2-4 years.
1. ThinkFun Roll & Play Game
This is a game that every toddler should own. It’s suitable for toddlers from 18 months. ThinkFun Roll & Play Game is a lovely game and my child absolutely loves it. The board game’s concept involves rolling a block and then picking up a color that’s associated with it. Note that each card contains an action which could be dancing, touching the elbow etc. With a total of 48 game cards, this game provides your toddler with endless learning opportunities. It’s impressive how ThinkFun Roll & Play Game has taught my young one to express various emotions. They can even act angry or sad if the card says so.
2. Elefun & Friends Crocodile: Dentist Game
Though this game has multiple version, this is the most popular one. The Dentist Game has super easy rules. You need to take turns to press down and find which silly Jock Crock’s tooth is sore. Once you press that tooth, the croc will chomp and close its mouth and you’re eliminated.
3. Zoo on the Loose
If you have a toddler who loves stuffed animals, Zoo on the Loose is the perfect option. The board game includes five animals placed around a house or zoo. There are cards which indicate where the animals need to be placed. Zoo on the Loose improves reading skills, vocabulary, and enhances memory development.
4. Bunny Bedtime
This is a great board game that’s designed to help kids with their learning as well as their bedtime routine. Its design includes peaceable wooden shapes with two sides. The game comes with a board, five puzzles pieces, and a bunny mover. Players are required to roll the chunky die and also move the bunny along the game path. Overall, you’re required to guide your kid on how they can help Bunny to make better choices when it comes to their bedtime routine.
5. Hi Ho Cherry-O
I love the way this game teaches toddler color recognition and encourages motor development. Hi-HO Cherry-O is simple and enjoyable. It can be played for 10-15 minutes, keeping the child engaged. If you want to introduce your child to turn-taking, there is no better option than this. Your toddler will have a blast where they “pretend” to pick fruits from the trees and then filling their buckets. The game comes with a spinner which indicates the number of fruit pieces they need to pick or_ put back.
6. Monkey Around Time for Two
Peaceable Kingdom has released a series of board games but this is certainly my favorite. Monkey around Time for Two has been uniquely designed for you and your toddler. What makes it stand out is that while playing it, I can high-five, or hug with my child. Additionally, the game promotes mastering of simple skills such as marching, hopping, and balancing among others.
7. Create & Tell Me A Story Cards
If you want to develop your child’s literacy skills at a very young age, Create and Tell Me a Story is good for starters. It involves cards which offer a great way of fostering imagination. This game comes in several variations but my kid’s favorite is when the players take turns to pick one random card. Note that the first person needs to begin the storytelling session with “Once upon a time” then the next person has to use their card as a source of inspiration and add content to the story.