Board Games for 4- to 6-Year-Olds

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This game develops fine motor skills, color recognition, matching skills, strategic thinking and hand-eye coordination. Because it’s all about color matching, kids don’t need to know how to read to play this game. Up to four children can play as they take turns to race to collect five different colored acorns first. This game is easy to understand and play, allowing for hours of fun.

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Each double-sided board teaches kids a new skill. The boards can be written on using the included dry-erase markers and are easily cleaned for reuse. All of the activities include easy-to-follow instructions so your child can sharpen their comprehension, observation and writing skills, among others. This game doesn’t take up much space and there are 30 activities to try again and again.

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This colorful board game is designed to develop critical thinking skills and sharpen children’s attention to detail. The goal of this easy-to-learn game is to find specific objects and match them, helping kids develop confidence as they advance along the board. Children ages 3 and up will learn how to spot hidden items located throughout the town. Along the way, they can drive through the city, visit a local farm, stop at a harbor and even visit the airport. The game is ideal for young children who are learning patience, as it requires them to take turns and work with other players.

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This Zingo product is designed for young learners who need more confidence in their reading, spelling and communication abilities. Kids match tiles with pictures and words to their bingo-like cards to win the game. The components are made with high-quality materials, and the instructions are clear and easy to understand. It holds up well to frequent use and the cards don’t bend or tear easily. Kids can begin playing within minutes of opening the box because it doesn’t take long to set up. The words are simple and easy to learn, and the game is fun and fast-paced.

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Hasbro’s Connect 4 includes a grid, two legs, a slider bar, 21 red discs and 21 yellow discs. Children quickly learn to get four discs in a row to master the grid and win the round. For added versatility, the game offers three ways to play: Classic Connect 4, Connect 4 Frenzy and a new challenge involving ejecting discs from beneath the grid. Three different levels — Basic Play, Expanding Play and Social Play — accommodate different ages. The solid construction of the product allows it to maintain its durability and quality over time to ensure kids can continue to play the game as they grow. Adults can join in the fun, too.

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This board game teaches kids where different parts of the body are located as they perform surgery on Cavity Sam. With a pair of tweezers in hand, players try to remove certain parts without getting buzzed. The colorful design of the game and the cartoon imagery make it attractive and age-appropriate for small children. The game requires a high level of precision and can help players develop patience and dexterity as they attempt to remove the Adam’s apple, wishbone and charley horse, among others. Thirteen different ailments are presented, and the doctor cards determine what each player must attempt to remove from the body. The winner collects money if they can remove all of the parts before the timer buzzes. The fun also makes for plenty of laughs among players.

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Children ages 3 and up can participate in Candy Land, which has been updated to feature more modern graphics. The set includes colored cards, four pawns, a card deck and instructions. From chocolate cupcakes to pink lollipops, children will stay engaged during each round of the game.

Expert Commentary

“Ages 4 through 6 is a magical time period of intellectual development and maturation. The Busytown game is a family favorite and has helped foster a love of board games in our home. In addition to counting, the game itself poses wonderful questions about work, types of homes, geography and so much more. I recommend opening the game to let the children explore the game pieces prior to sitting down, learning the rules and beginning play. This allows children to ask questions, eliminate arguments regarding who gets to be which character or color and allows for the children to ask interesting questions about gameplay.”