Any of our choices for the best board games for 4 year olds are an excellent way to allow your child to have fun while learning! And at the same time, you’ll be giving your younger kids the opportunity to participate in family game night.
Four year olds are about to enter the realm of formal education where the emphasis and stress will be on structured learning.
So it’s important that you give your preschooler some of the skills they will need and an enjoyable way to do that is through board games.
Board games can make the path to formalized learning easier without taking away the joy of early childhood too soon.
They can also allow your child to develop necessary skills they will need for the rest of their life in a fun and compelling way.
Our team has been hard at work and we’re confident that we’ve found the cream of the crop.
Not only are the games we’ve chosen highly entertaining, they’re also a wonderful way to help develop your child’s motor skills, language skills, critical thinking, and lots more.
So without further adieu, here’s a look at what we think are some of the best board games for 4 year olds.
9 Fun Board Games For 4 Year Olds
Zingo is an awesome, award winning board game that’s made by Think Fun that 4 year olds love!
This awesome matching game is a fun twist on tradition bingo, and the object of the game is to be the first to cover all the squares on your challenge card.
To do so, players take turns sliding the Zinger dispenser, which dispenses two yellow tiles at a time. Each tile has a picture on it along with the word for that picture.
If the picture on a yellow tile matches one of the spots on your child’s challenge card, your child takes the tile and places it over the corresponding square on their card.
If none of the players can use either yellow tile, the tiles get put back into the Zinger dispenser. The first person to cover all nine squares on their challenge card and yell Zingo! wins the game.
Not only do kids enjoy playing the game, they also love using the Zinger dispenser.
Zingo is a wonderful way to help your four year old with image recognition, word recognition, focus, matching, and language skills.
It comes with seven challenge cards which means that lots of kids (and adults too) can join in the fun!
Why We Recommend Zingo
- Zingo can help your child improve their fine motor skills
- Kids love using the Zinger dispenser
- Fun way for kids to practice their image and word recognition
- Great way to improve your child’s focus
- Can help improve children’s language skills
- Teaches kids how to follow rules
- Helps children practice their matching skills
- Can use the game to help your child develop good sportsmanship
- Helps kids develop their social skills
Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It!
Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It! is a fun-filled cooperative board game for kids 4 and up.
The object of the game is to get to Picnic Island before the pigs eat all your picnic food.
To get to Picnic Island, you have to take a ferry and the ferry doesn’t leave until all the players are on it.
If all the players get to the ferry before the pigs eat all their food, they win!
Players will race through Busytown solving mysteries and searching for hidden objects on their way to the ferry.
And there’s tons of fun and adventure to be found along the way including a bustling airport, lively city streets, and an exciting harbor filled with goofy looking boats.
To play the game, each player takes turns spinning the spinner. On your turn, you can either move a certain number of spaces, lose a piece of food to the pigs, or draw a Goldbug card.
When someone draws a Goldbug card, everyone gets to participate. Each Goldbug card has a different object on it and all the players try to find as many of whatever object is on the card as they can before the timer runs out.
Every time someone finds the object, they mark it with a magnifying glass tokens. When the timer runs out, the number of magnifying glass tokens on the board equals the number of squares every player can move.
The game comes with a gigantic (ie six foot long) colorful game board, 4 cute movers with bases, a spinner, a ferry tile, ten magnifying glass tokens, six food tiles, thirty Goldbug cards, a timer, and instructions on how to play.
Kids love the gigantic game board and cooperative games are a great way to encourage teamwork and foster kindness and compassion.
This game is also an excellent way for your child to improve their observation skills, and practice object recognition and matching skills.
Designed for two to four players, Eye Found It! is a delightful game that kids can play on their own once they get the hang of how it’s played.
Why We Recommend Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It!
- Kids love solving the mysteries and searching for hidden objects as they race towards the ferry!
- It’s a cooperative game, so it helps encourage teamwork and foster kindness and compassion
- This game is an excellent way to help improve your child’s observation skills
- Can help your child practice their object recognition and matching skills
- Children learn to focus and pay attention to detail
- Can help kids increase their verbal and communication skills as they have to cooperate with one another in order to win the game
- Can help kids improve their matching skills
- Helps children learn more about sharing and playing together peacefully
- Children get practice in following rules
- Wonderful way to practice good sportsmanship
Hi Ho! Cherry-O
Hi Ho! Cherry-O is such a classic children’s game that we simply had to include it on our list of best board games for 4 year olds!
The object of the game is to fill your basket with fruit, and the first player to put all ten pieces of their fruit into their basket wins the game.
While the original version of Hi Ho! Cherry-O only had red cherries, this updated version allows kids to pick from four different colors of pretend fruit.
Each color represents a different fruit – cherries, blueberries, apples, and oranges.
To start the game, each player picks a color and then they get ten pieces of fruit which they ‘hang’ on their tree.
Kids then take turns spinning the spinner. There are four spots on the spinner that allow kids to pick varying numbers of fruit off their tree and put them into their basket.
But there are also two spots that make them take pieces of fruit out of their basket and put them back onto their tree.
And if kids land on the ‘spill’ spot on the spinner, they have to take all the fruit from their bucket and put it back onto their tree.
Kids enjoy picking pieces of fruit off their tree and putting them into their basket, and they love saying ‘Hi Ho! Cherry-O!’ when they have all 10 pieces of fruit in their basket.
This game can be played by two to four players, and it’s a fun way to develop your child’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
It’s also a great way for your child to practice counting, sorting, and color recognition.
This fun and colorful board game by Hasbro makes a great addition to any family game night!
Why We Recommend Hi Ho! Cherry-O
- Kids love how colorful the board and pretend pieces of fruit are
- It can help your child practice counting, sorting and color recognition
- Fun way for kids to improve their hand-eye coordination and motor skills
- Kids enjoy taking the cherries off their tree and putting them into their basket
- Helps children practice following directions and rules
- Kids get to practice taking turns
- Helps teach children about sportsmanship
- Great way for children to develop their social and communication skills
Hoot Owl Hoot
Hoot Owl Hoot is a delightful cooperative game by Peaceable Kingdom which 4 year olds enjoy playing.
The owls have gone out into the forest at night and the object of the game is to get all the owls back into the nest before the sun comes up.
The game comes with a colorful game board, six owl tokens, one sun token, thirty-six color cards, fourteen sun cards, and instructions.
To start the game, you place the six owl tokens onto their designated spots on the board, and you put the sun token onto its spot.
Three color cards are then dealt face up to each player. Each color card has a different color circle on it which corresponds to the colored circles on the board.
Players take turns moving the owls around the board using one of their color cards. Once a card is used, it’s set aside and that player draws a new color card.
If you draw a sun card, you have to move the sun token one space closer to sunrise.
Because this is a cooperative game, any player can move any of the owls. And all the players must communicate and work together and figure out the best way to get all the owls back to the nest before sunrise.
This fun matching game is made from eco-friendly materials and can be played by two to four players.
It’s ideal for 4 year olds, but it’s also a great game for older kids to play with younger kids as they can each them how to strategize.
Why We Recommend Hoot Owl Hoot
- Your child will learn how to work with others towards a common goal
- It teaches kids about basic strategy
- Can help improve your child’s matching skills
- It’s made from eco-friendly materials
- Helps your child improve their problem solving skills
- This game requires decision making on the part of each player
- Allows children to practice taking turns
- Helps your child develop better communication skills
- Teaches kids about teamwork
- Children develop listening skills as they listen to the ideas of other children
- Cooperative games are a wonderful way for your child to learn about kindness and compassion
Orangutwang Kids Game
This Orangutwang Kids Game is a fun and exciting game that will have your four year old howling with laughter!
The object of the game is to hang your game pieces on the orangutan without making it go twang and the question on everyone’s mind is how long can the orangutan hang before it goes twang?
The game consists of two palm trees (one has a cute toucan lever on it), a vine string, a lovable orangutan, fourteen hanging game pieces (pineapples, bananas, coconuts, geckos, and bats), one die, and game rules.
To start the game, you hang the orangutan on the vine and pull the toucan lever down, making sure it locks into place.
Each side of the die has a different item on it and players take turns throwing the die to determine what item they need to hang on the orangutan’s body.
You can hang the item wherever you like, but you need to be careful not to overload the orangutan or all the pieces will go flying!
If you’re lucky enough to roll the star symbol, you can skip your turn.
This wild game is designed for two or more players it’s a great addition to family game night because adults enjoy it too.
Why We Recommend Orangutwang
- Kids love the suspense of not knowing when the orangutan is going to go twang!
- Can help develop your child’s fine motor skills
- Helps your child learn how to strategize
- Children can practice taking turns
- Great family game with lots of thrills and laughs for everyone
- Kids don’t need parental help to set up and play Orangutwang
- There are lots of different strategies kids can use when playing this game
- The game is quick so children won’t get bored when playing
Wildcraft! is a wonderful cooperative board game that allows 4 year olds to explore and learn about healing herbs.
Grandma wants to make a huckleberry pie, so she sends everyone out to get the huckleberries. The huckleberry patch is at the top of Huckleberry Mountain.
The name of the game is for everyone to make it from grandma’s house to the top of Huckleberry Mountain and back before dark.
But along the way, grandma wants you to collect some of her favorite medicinal herbs.
If all the players arrive home before dark everyone wins. If they fail to make it home before dark, then grandma has to go looking for them.
This delightful educational game comes with a colorful game board, fifty-two plant cards, fifty-two trouble cards, twenty-five cooperation cards, four game pieces, a spinner, instructions, and a downloadable story.
Each player starts the game with 4 plant cards. You then take turns spinning the spinner and moving the designated number of spots up the mountain towards the huckleberry patch.
Every time you land on a plant spot, you collect a plant card. If you land on a trouble spot, you draw a trouble card.
The trouble cards have a specific ailment on them (eg toothache, sore muscles, etc), along with pictures telling you which medicinal plants can heal the ailment.
If you have a plant card that matches the ones on the trouble card, then you’ve cured the ailment and both the cards get returned to the bottom of the deck.
If you don’t, you keep the trouble card until you draw the right plant card.
There are also moon spots and rainbow spots on the game board. Each time a player lands on a moon spot, the sun is moved one spot closer to sundown.
And every time someone lands on a rainbow spot, they can draw a rainbow card.
Kids love the rainbow cards because they allow them to either help someone else cure an ailment or move further up the mountain.
While the concept of the game is simple enough for a young child, the information four year olds can learn about medicinal herbs makes this game interesting for the whole family.
This award-winning game is designed for two to four players and it’s made in the USA using eco-friendly materials.
Kids don’t have to know anything about medicinal herbs to play and enjoy this game. The beauty of it is that they’ll learn as they play!
Why We Recommend Wildcraft!
- Kids love that they can help other players when playing this game
- Children learn about helping others to achieve a common goal
- Children enjoy learning about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal ailments
- Cooperative games are a wonderful way to foster kindness and compassion
- This game allows your child to practice their matching skills
- Great way to learn about teamwork
- Helps kids develop their ability to patiently take turns
- Can help kids develop communication and social skills
- Fun way to learn about strategy
- It’s made from eco-friendly materials
- Helps develop an interest in the outdoors and nature
Chutes and Ladders Game: Retro Series 1978 Edition
Whether you enjoyed this game as a kid or you’re new to it, you’ll love introducing this fun-filled Chutes and Ladders Game: Retro Series 1978 Edition to your 4 year old.
The object of the game is to be the first player to reach square one hundred at the top of the game board.
Playing the game is simple: Players takes turns spinning the spinner and moving a designated number of squares.
Along the way, you can land on spots that allow you to climb up a ladder to a higher level.
But there are also spots you can land on that make you slide down a chute to a lower level.
Kids love the vibrant and fun graphics on the game board and many don’t even mind sliding down the chutes because it’s so much fun!
Designed for two to four players, this retro version of the classic game was a must for our list of the best board games for 4 year olds.
Not only is it ideal for kids 4 and up, it’s a game that people of any age will enjoy!
Why We Recommend Chutes and Ladders Game: Retro Series 1978 Edition
- Kids love the colorful graphics on the game board
- Children enjoy climbing up the ladders and don’t mind sliding down the chutes
- Teaches kids how to follow directions and rules
- Allows your child to practice taking turns with others
- Helps develop fine motor skills
- Great way to improve counting and number recognition
- Children can learn how to be a good sport
Count Your Chickens Board Game
Count Your Chickens is another delightful cooperative board game by Peaceable Kingdom that’s lots of fun to play for 4 year olds!
All the baby chicks have flown the coop and the object of the game is for players to work together to try to get all the baby chicks back into the coop before mama hen gets home.
This farmyard inspired game comes with a colorful game board, a mama hen, forty baby chick tokens, a spinner (with cute pictures of a cow, a sheep, a pig, a dog, a fox, and a tractor on it), and instructions.
To start the game, you scatter all the baby chick tokens on the board around the farmyard.
Players then take turns spinning the spinner and moving mama hen to the corresponding spot on the board.
How many chicks you can put back into the coop each turn is determined by how many spots you move on that turn.
If you spin the spinner and it lands on the fox, you have to take one baby chick out of the coop and put it back in the farmyard.
The game ends when mama hen reaches the last spot on the board. If all forty baby chicks are back in the coop by then, everyone wins.
This award-winning board game is made from eco-friendly materials and designed for two to four players. It takes only about fifteen minutes to play, so it’s ideal for younger kids.
Why We Recommend Count Your Chickens
- Kids love all the farm animals associated with this game!
- Can help children understand the concept of working together towards a common goal
- Fun way to allow your child to practice counting and animal recognition
- Can help kids develop problem solving skills
- Children improve their communication and listening skills
- Cooperative games are an excellent way to foster kindness and compassion in kids
- Wonderful way for kids to develop their fine motor skills
- It’s made from eco-friendly materials
- Children learn to be patient and wait their turn
- Allows kids to practice following rules
Noah’s Animal Rescue Board Game
Noah’s Animal Rescue is a wonderful cooperative board that’s lots of fun for kids 4 and up.
The object of the game is simple: To rescue all the animals before the great flood.
To do that, all the players have to work together to round up all the animals and get them onto Noah’s ark before the flood waters rise too high.
If you get all the animals onto the ark before the flood starts, everyone wins the game.
This eco-friendly game comes with a colorful game board, five cute animal tokens, one rain token, thirty-six terrain cards, thirteen rain cards, and instructions.
Before you begin the game, you decide what level you’re going to play at: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
Once you’ve decided that, you place the rain token on the first raindrop space at the top of the board.
If you’re playing the beginner level, you put 3 animal tokens on the designated spots at the bottom of the board.
If you’re playing the intermediate level, you put 4 animal tokens on the board, and if you’re playing the advanced level, you start with all five animal tokens on the board.
Each player is then dealt three terrain cards and the youngest player gets to go first.
You have two options when it’s your turn. If you have a rain card, you must move the rain token one space.
If you don’t have a rain card, you can play any one of your terrain cards and move any animal token to the closest corresponding terrain space on the board.
The rain card or terrain card is then discarded and you pick up another terrain card off the deck to ensure you have three cards in your hand at all times.
But here’s the trick to this game: If there’s already an animal token on the closest terrain spot that matches your terrain card, you get to advance that animal token to the next open corresponding terrain card.
That means that the animal token gets moved further faster. So players must communicate and work together to try and occupy the same spaces so that all the animal tokens get advanced faster.
And that’s the beauty of a cooperative game!
The game is over when all five animal tokens are safely on the ark.
If all the animals are on the ark before the rain token gets to its final space, everyone wins.
But if the rain token gets to its final space first, all the animals are swept away and you have to try again.
But this game is quick to play so it’s no big deal to have to play again.
In fact, kids love this game so much that even if they win, they want to play again and again! With that in mind, it’s not surprising that we’ve included it in our list of the best board games for 4 year olds.
Designed for two to four players, this delightful cooperative game is a great way for your child to practice their matching skills and hand-eye coordination.
It’s also a wonderful way for them to learn about problem solving, sportsmanship, teamwork, and kindness.
Why We Recommend Noah’s Animal Rescue
- Kids really enjoy working with others to try to win the game!
- Wonderful way to encourage teamwork, sportsmanship, and kindness
- Working together with others can help your child improve their communication and socialization skills
- Allows your child to practice their matching skills
- All the material used in this game is eco-friendly
- Fun way to improve your child’s hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills
- Having to take turns can help children develop patience
- 3 different levels to play at so this game can grow with your child
- Great way for your child to learn about basic game strategy
- Allows kids to practice following rules