Games for Toddlers

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The Ladybug Game helps players develop counting and reading skills in an easy-to-understand way. The game’s instructions are easy to pick up on, as children can rely on the colors and symbols to understand. Players take turns making their way across the board by drawing action cards, collecting aphid chips and praying mantis cards as they advance to be the first to deliver their ladybug to the finish line. Because there are so many action cards and special spots on the board, it is highly likely that players will experience a new gameplay each time they play. This game is designed for two to four players ages 3 to 7 years old.

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Roll and Play is designed for children 18 months and older. The game requires very little setup time and players take turns rolling the large, plush die to determine what action to take. Each color on the die corresponds to a colored deck of playing cards — for each player’s turn, they take a card from the correct color deck and complete the action. Actions like “find something purple” or “spin around two times” are designed for players of all ages to be able to complete, and they get young children accustomed to motor skills, color recognition and creative play skills. There are no limits to how many players can play, making it fun for the whole family.

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The CozyBomb Magnetic Fishing Toys Game Set lets kids go fishing with magnetic sea life and their own fishing pole. Designed for ages 3 to 6, this product teaches hand-eye coordination, color recognition, interpersonal skills and math. Solid plastic is used for each piece, so they are durable and hold up well with frequent use. The product includes a net to keep all of the accessories together for easy clean-up. The items also float, making them perfect to use in a small kiddie pool or in the bath. The fishing pole is sturdy and operates well as it connects to each object with a built-in magnet.

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Candy Land doesn’t require any reading to play, allowing toddlers to play independently once they learn the rules. The game features colored cards, fun illustrations and sweet destinations with a candy theme that includes plenty of treats. The set includes a board, four pawns, a card deck and instructions. New generations can be introduced to the game as they navigate a colorful road and attempt to reach the candy castle. Cards are used to help each player know how far they need to travel up the colorful road while racing to the top. Two to four players can participate in each round. Children will learn important lessons like how to wait their turn, match colors, count and follow rules while having fun.

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This squirrel game teaches kids to take turns with other players and develop important social skills while playing along. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game requires two to four players and is best suited for toddlers ages 3 months to 1 year. Kids participate by spinning the spinner and squeezing the squirrel’s paws to grab a matching colored acorn to place on their own log. The goal of the game is to be the first to fill your log with acorns. All of the materials are extremely durable, and parts maintain their quality when used frequently by little hands. The graphics are also fun and engaging. As winner of awards such as the Parent’s Choice Award, Dr. Toy Best Picks and Good Housekeeping Best Toy, this game is a great choice.

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Children fill their baskets with fruit while also learning how to count, add and subtract. The product includes the board game, spinner with arrow and base, plastic cherries, apples, oranges and blueberries, baskets and instructions. The game is made for kids ages 3 and up, and is ideal for younger players due to simple concepts that are easy for little ones to quickly grasp. Two to three players can participate in each round. The first player to pick all the fruit off their tree wins the game. Each round is quick to complete, which prevents small children from losing their patience as they play. The bright colors make it eye-catching and attractive to toddlers.

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Chutes and Ladders is easy to learn: players just spin the spinner to determine how many steps to take towards the finish line. Players must try to get to the top of the board game without taking too many steps backward in chutes that send players back down the board. The game is educational because it requires counting while traveling along the board. Kids can also land on good deeds — with ladders that will send them higher up the board — that can teach them important life lessons and principles. The product includes the board game, spinner with the arrow, four pawns with plastic stands and instructions. Reading isn’t required, which allows kids to play on their own without the help of adults or older players, helping develop their confidence and independence. This game is ideal for kids ages 3 and up.

Expert Commentary

“Having played all of these games with my own toddlers as well as countless toddlers in our nursery, you will be amazed by what elements of a game truly interest a preschooler. Many times, you will need to adapt the rules of a game like Candy Land, for example, and that is developmentally appropriate. As the child matures, they will be able to play according to the rules. I also recommend letting your child explore the game pieces, board and cards prior to starting the game to help curb curiosity when you are focused on actually playing.”