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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.
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Fun Board Games For 4 Year Olds
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
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
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