10 Best Board Games For 2 Year Olds in 2022

For this post, I have created a collection of the 10 best board games for two year olds currently available in 2021.


In this article I’ll go over:

  • My pick of the Best 10 Board Games For 2 Year Olds.
  • Each board game review will include ‘What the game is about’ , ‘Why we love it’ and some key information, along with an alternative option.
  • What are the benefits of board games for 2 year olds?
  • How to pick the best board games for 2 year olds.

Also see my top picks for the best board games for 3 year olds and board games for 4 year olds.

Let’s get going!


First Orchard

What It Is:

Working as a team, the children try to pick the fruits from the trees before the raven reaches the end of the path. If the players succeed in harvesting all the fruit before the raven reaches the orchard, they win together!

If the raven gets there first, they lose together against the quick, ravenous raven.

Why We Love It:

This is an excellent game to introduce little ones to the concept of cooperative play.

I liked that the game setup and concept is easy to follow. Children of all ages as well as adults can play it together.

The fruits are gorgeous and are made up of solid wood, and in bright bold colours. I just adore the quality of them, solid and durable.

This game would teach the concept of rules, colours, shapes, taking turns and other social skills, and the best part is they learn cooperation and the need to help each other. Superb!

  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews . From 1,373 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Beautiful game” and “An ideal first game”.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 1-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Here Fishy Fishy!

Monkey Around

What It Is:

The Wiggle & Giggle Game for 2-Year-Olds! Get ready to get up and move!

Monkey Around contains 40 cards that prompt players to do movements together – from hugs to high fives to simple gross motor skills like balancing, hopping and marching.

The bean bag banana adds challenge and fun to the game play! Game includes 1 game board, 40 movement cards, 1 bean bag banana, parent guide and instructions for game play.

Why We Love It:

This is a fun game. Very educational and perfect for young children! It’s engaging and simple enough that my 2 1/2 year old godson was able pick up on how to play the game straight away!

It’s fab for getting the child up and moving about and each round is short and attention-grabbing.

What I love is that this game encourages interaction during play and provides the opportunity to learn to follow instructions, It is also un competitive, with no winner which is fab for this age group.

The board and cards are made well and I’m pretty sure this game would last for years!

  • Reviews: Super reviews . From 1,077 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Brilliant Fun” and “Best Game Ever”.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 5-10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Acorn Soup

Snug As A Bug In A Rug

What It Is:

Take turns Spin the spinner and find a matching bug and try to get all the bugs under the rug before 3 stink bugs are sitting on top, and you all win!  Each level adds more challenge.

Why We Love It:

This game has 3 levels to play meaning it can grow with the age of the players, which I like, as it means it provides the chance for siblings of different ages to play together. Level 1 is easy for 2-year-olds to play and understand.

The game can encourage them to learn about colours but also some basic math concepts in a non-stressful simple play environment.

The game is collaborative rather than competitive which helps it become a fun game. The stink bugs idea is really attractive for little ones.

  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews . From 576 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Fun for all the family” and “A great collabritive game”.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10-15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Count Your Chickens!

Wooden 2-In-1 Fishing Game

What It Is:

This is a simple and cute fishing game that will give kids hours of fun. Filled with colourful cute bees, fishes, crab, grass, flowers and seaweed, all designed on the educational wood box board.

Why We Love It:

This game is beautifully made, it is set on a quality wooden crafted frame with smooth edges. It has been painted with gorgeous colours.

This game is fab for encouraging dexterity and eye hand co-ordination. Use the magnetic fishing line to catch the fishes, or use the tweezer to catch the bees.

Highly education and brilliant to develop those important fine and gross motor skills. This game can also be used to support colour recognition and to stimulate the child’s critical and logical thinking.

  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews . From 21 ratings 76% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Highly Educational” and “Fun and Interactive”.
  • Age Range: 1-3 years
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 5-10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: My First Fishing Game

Smelly Wellies

What It Is:

A fun and simple matching game for children aged 2-6. Turn over welly cards to find matching pairs of wellies for your monsters. The first player to fill their board wins!

Why We Love It:

We loved this game when my children were small. The design is nice, bold, and attractive to little eyes.

I like that the game can be played in a few different ways so will grow with the child, and that it all folds up nicely in the box. The pieces are sturdy and easy for little hands to hold, and allows the opportunity to teach your child to focus on one activity and to sit down for 15 minutes of calm.

It is great for encouraging children to follow instructions, take turns and share.

  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews . From 2,390 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Family fun” and “So easy and simple”.
  • Age Range: 2-6 years
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Shopping List

The 3 Little Pigs

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What It Is:

A fun game for 1 to 4 players where the 3 little pigs have to get home before the wolf. With 11 wooden playing pieces, game board pieces and a 3D house.

Roll the dice to move the pigs towards the house before the wolf climbs in through the roof!

Why We Love It:

The quality of the product is lovely and the concept of the game is perfect for 2 year olds and older. We have played this game a lot, and we love to spend time sat down as a family playing it together.

The playing pieces are an ideal size and very study and well made. I think it’s really colourful, beautifully designed and very appealing to little ones.

I think it would hold their attention well, and last a long time.

  • Reviews: Amazing reviews . From 72 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hours of Fun!” and “Highly entertaining”.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 1-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Post Box

Old Macdonald Lotto

What It Is:

A fun farmyard lotto for very young players! Be the first player to match all your cards to your playing board, followed by the farmer, to win the game!

Why We Love It:

I love orchard games, and have brought many many different ones over the years, for my own children and as a gifts, and this is no exception.

It features beautiful illustrations and would certainly entertain a little one for a good length of time. This game will be great for encouraging turn taking and sharing.

I think this will good to support developing social skills in small groups of children. 4 boards is just the right amount I think – it means that players aren’t waiting too long for their turn again which is key for games for young children!

  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews . From 823 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Beautifully illustrated” and “A huge hit”.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10-15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Two by Two 

Red Dog Blue Dog

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What It Is:

Red Dog, Blue Dog is the perfect first game for children as young as 2 years old.

Players use their observation and matching skills to match the colourful cards to their playing boards. The cards feature everyday objects that children will be familiar with.

As they play, children can be encouraged to say words aloud as they grow in confidence.

Why We Love It:

This is the perfect game for learning colours, and memory skills in one. I love that the game can be played together or independently making it great value for money and highly entertaining.

It screams fun, with its bright and bold illustrations and cute drawings.

This was definitely one of my favourite games to play with my toddler, I remember playing It over and over again, and I never got tired of it.- and an added bonus, It’s great for developing their growing vocabulary!

  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews . From 1,256 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Irresistible !” and “Fun and Versatile.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Farmyard Heads and Tails

Sleepy Sloths

What It Is:

There’s plenty of chance to make lots of noise in this fun-filled first sound and action game!

Children will roar like lions, stamp their feet and blow raspberries as they race to be the first to get all their sleepy sloths out of bed.

Why We Love It:

As with most Orchard Toys games I’ve come across, the quality is great and it is well-made. I love the simple, beautiful images of the sloths and actions on each tile.

My 2 year old godson immediately became engaged with the pictures as soon as I started to lay them out. He enjoyed helping with the set-up , which only takes a few minutes.

The rules of the game are simple and each games takes about 5-10 minutes, so the gameplay is short and therefore good for very young players.

The tiles contain all kinds of objects that a 2-year old knows, e.g. a police car, a dinosaur or a trumpet.

Overall, it’s a good game that I look forward to playing with him as he grows up.

  • Reviews: Superb reviews . From 314 ratings 85% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Totally Wonderful” and “Easy and Simple”.
  • Age Range: 2 years and older
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 5-10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: 5-10 minutes
  • Alternative: Jumble Jungle

Wildlife Memo

What It Is:

What better A classic game of pairs!  Turn over the tiles and find as many pairs as you can!  Bright and colourful pictures of animals, 54 memo tiles and rules.

Why We Love It:

Another game that is of brilliant quality. It’s super fun and a slightly different matching pairs game to ones I’ve played before.

The colours and images on cards are very bright and eye catching. I love the unusual animals on the cards, which makes it more fun and allows for conversation about the different animals whilst playing it.

A really fab and engaging ‘Lotto’ type game for a little one!

  • Reviews: Amazing reviews . From 106 ratings 4.6 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “So much fun for all ages” and “Great for improving memory”.
  • Age Range: 2-10 years
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy- Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Pets Memo

What Are The Benefits Of Board Games For Two Year Olds?

Around the age of 2, Children can generally start to grasp basics game skills such as taking turns, rolling dice and moving pieces. These are the skills that will set them up for a lifetime of fun family game nights.

Playing games with your 2-year-old is also so important for early childhood development. It teaches them a variety of skills, such as gross and fine motor, reasoning and logic, memory and cognition and hand-eye coordination. Playing games also encourages children to learn how to follow rules and the social-emotional skills that are critical for when they go to school.

Playing games ignites imagination, and teaches children many useful skills like problem-solving and critical thinking. But, most of all, they are fun – and they provide invaluable bonding time for the whole family. Spending quality time with your 2-year-old will give your family a chance create wonderful memories for years to come.

How To Pick The Best Board Games For 2 Year Olds

There are a few things parents can look for when choosing a game for a toddler. It should be colourful and bright, a little silly, and very simple. If a game is too complex your child may get frustrated and become emotional. You should also bare in mind the size of the pieces in the game, and check that they would not present a choking risk.

Child’s Preferences

  • Bright and colourful
  • Visually stimulating
  • Simple to follow

Number Of Players

For this age group I would limit the amount of players to 4 maximum. Too many people all playing the same game could cause the toddler to be overwhelmed. A 2 year old is just learning the basic turn taking skills, so having too many players could make the child become impatient having to wait for everyone to have their go.

Game Features

To make a game safe as well as appealing for a toddler, the pieces should be large, sturdy and well made. The pieces need to be suitable for little hands, and withhold the energetic nature of a small child. Robust playing pieces and chunky dice are a must have for toddler board games!


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