If you have a preschooler my guess is you have played enough Candy Land to give you a stomach ache. For today’s Friday Five I am going to share 5 preschool friendly games even parents will like. Ones that we actually enjoy playing with the Goof.
- Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus – We have only played this game one time at a friend’s house, but it was a lot of fun. It is appropriate for younger preschoolers (the game states age 3+ but some 3 year olds may need help understanding the game).
- Bendomino – We actually got a travel version of this game inside a kid’s meal one time. We liked it so much we purchased the full version. Even though the game says ages 6+ the Goof (almost 5) has no problem figuring out the game. It has also helped him with his numbers and matching as well as puzzle solving skills by figuring out which way pieces can and can not fit together. You can keep score or just try and make the most interesting shapes possible.
- Sorry – A lot of us have played this game as kids. If not, it is a lot of fun. The game includes decision-making, counting, and following instructions. This version of the game lets you add a twist with fire and ice tokens. The Goof likes to play this game 3-4 nights a week, and we have no problem playing it with him.
- Chutes and Ladders – Okay, so this one might not be the favorite of parents, but I will take it over Candy Land any day. Chutes and Ladders was around when I was little, so it brings back memories. It also helps the Goof understand that sometimes we have downfalls, even when we think we are on the top. One more great thing about this game is there are a ton of different versions, from Spiderman, to Mickey and friends, and more so you can choose one that fits your child’s interests.
- Battleship– This is another game that will take parents back. This game will take a little help for some preschoolers, but they really enjoy it. It also teaches strategy, counting, using grids, etc. We usually play in teams, one parent on The Goof’s team, and the other on their own team. The best part is teaching our kids the famous tag line from the commercials “You sunk my battleship.”