Best Games for Toddlers
Finding games for my toddler allows us to have some quiet time and a little fun together. I love finding games that are not only educational but also engaging. If your child is anything like my 2 year old, who loves to run around continuously, having some time to sit down and focus can provide relief in a busy day. So finding the best games for 2 year olds that will keep them engaged is much needed.
I love seeing my children engaged in a good game. My 6 year old will now sit and play a long game of Monopoly, she loves Uno and generally has a love for any game that we can play together. Over the years, I have watched her learn how to problem solve, learn to play strategically and understand that she can not always win! Toddlers can start to understand some basic game rules from around 2 years old and I have been amazed at how quickly they can learn through a simple game.
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How Games Benefit Toddlers
Board games are great for the development in toddlers. There are many benefits to playing board games such as:
- Turn taking
- Learning colours
- Recognising shapes
- Hand eye co-ordination
- Problem Solving
Not only am I introducing my 2 year old to games, he is learning so much and as he grows and develops, so will the types of games I buy to continue in his learning through play.
So let’s get to it, here is my list of the best games for 2 year olds.”
Best Games for 2 Year Olds
This game is by Orchard Toys and it’s such a great game to introduce your child to board games. I could honestly write an entire post on Orchard Toys games because they are my favourite brand of games for kids. For this post, I’ll stick to those aimed at 2 year olds but be sure to check some more especially if you have older children.
Red Dog, Blue Dog introduces your child to turn taking and matching. There are different ways you can play this game depending on the age of your child. I introduced this to my son at 26 months and his aim was to match the cards to the correct place on the boards. The game is bright and bold, perfect to keep a 2 year old engaged.
This game by Melissa and Doug has 6 weighted monster pins which are bright, colourful and full of texture for your toddlers to explore. The pins can be set up in different formations and knocked down with the stuffed ball. This game is one that can be enjoyed by older children and even the adults too! This game has a bowling friends version, featuring much loved animals such as a dog and cat.
Also from Orchard Toys this game has large and sturdy pieces and is suitable from 18 months old. Again, this game has different levels of play, starting out with a simple matching game which can be played alone or with others. Finally, moving on to play this as a memory game as they get older. If your child loves animals, there is also a Jungle Heads and Tails version featuring a parrot and tiger.
Here Fishy Fishy by HABA is a great game for hand eye coordination and patience! Use the fishing rod to collect a fish of the corresponding colour on the die. The pieces are bright, colourful and sturdy. This is a fun game to play with older siblings too.
Although this one isn’t exactly a game, we enjoy taking it in turns to see who can build the tallest stack of animals before they all fall over, (yes my 2 year old also loves to knock them all over, of course!) Stacking these animals, is just as fun for my 2 year old as it is for my 6 year old and there’s plenty of competition between my husband and I too! This one is especially good for hand eye coordination and problem solving. When you’re not using the animals as a game, they are great for general pretend play. These stacking animals are by Le Toy Van, check them out as they have a range of beautiful wooden toys that your toddler can enjoy for years.
Another from Orchard Toys! Sleepy Sloths is a performance and sound game which promotes pretend play, matching and memory skills. The aim is to be the first to make enough noises to get your sloths out of bed! There are lots of fun and every day sounds that toddlers will start to become familiar with such as police sirens and trumpets. There is a ‘shh’ card which is great if you want to teach your toddler times when they need to be quiet.
This is a great game for little ones who don’t want to sit down to play games. My toddler is very active so we took the time to discover activities that would allow him to be focused but also allow for big movements. Roll and Play by Think Fun is a game that can also be enjoyed by older siblings. The aim of the game is to roll the large soft cube and choose a card with the coordinating colour and do what it says. This will be anything from counting, to mooing like a cow.
There are many memory games out there but these by Petit Collage are bright, large and easy for toddlers to match. It can be played in different ways according to age allowing for use as they get older. There are a few themes available such as these colourful ice pops and fish.
You’ve guessed it, it’s Orchard Toys again! The aim is to fill up your board with the matching game pieces. You can either listen to the sounds (available with the free app that goes with the game) or make them yourself. Little ones will have a lot of fun getting to know their sounds in this game. As a bonus, this game also comes with a puzzle for your toddler to enjoy.
While this one is not a game, it’s a lot of fun. Let’s Pretend Firefighter is a book with puzzle pieces. It takes you through a story of some firefighters attending a fire. The kids are asked to find pictures in the book as well as finding the puzzle pieces related to that page of the story. My 2 year old loves this book and there are many more versions to collect such as On the Farm, Builders Tool Kit and Play Shop. Although it’s a story, we also take it in turns to find the correct pieces of the book.
There we have it, the best games for 2 year olds. Do you have any games that your 2 year old loves that’s not mentioned above? If so, let me know in the comments.