10 Best Board Games For 3 Year Olds in 2022

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

If you’re looking to spend some quality family time together, here are some board games for 3 year olds that you can play together. And, always remember that the youngest always goes first!


In this article I’ll go over:

  • My Top 10 Best Board Games For 3 Year Olds.
  • Information in each review including ‘What the game is about’ , ‘Why we love it’ and some key points, along with an alternative option.
  • What types of board games should I be playing with a 3 year old?
  • What is a Co-operative Game?.

Also see my top picks for the best board games for 2 year olds and board games for 5 year olds.

Let’s get going!


Hoot Owl Hoot!

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What It Is:

Help all of the owls get home before the sun rises and everyone wins! If all the owls make it to the nest before the Sun Token reaches the end of the track you win!

Don’t let any owls fall too far behind. It’s hard to catch up with the other owls!

Why We Love It:

Hoot Owl Hoot! is one of the first board games we ever bought after having our son. It’s a cooperative game but with light strategy.

I like that it’s easy to make the game harder or easier by adding or removing owls, meaning you will be able to enjoy this one for a long time.

I think It’s a fantastic kids educational game that’s all about working together. The game is simple to grasp and young children will love the cooperative aspect as there’s no arguing about winners or losers!

The rules of the game are perfectly geared towards teaching children to think logically.

A good family fun game.

  • Reviews: Wonderful Reviews . From 2,560 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A great game” and “Simple, Fun and Vibrant”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Race to the Treasure!

Feed The Woozle

What It Is:

Chocolate-covered flies and hairy pickles? Yummy! The big-mouthed Woozle is hungry.

Can you feed him 12 silly snacks from the spoon before all the snacks are gone? Play together, work together and have some monstrous fun.

Why We Love It:

This is a very funny game which all the family can enjoy. 

A lovely, funny, physical game with three levels of play – the hardest of which is to feed the Woozle blindfolded by following the other players’ directions – perfect for learning about cooperation and trust while having lots of laughs.

We love this game! On an Educational note, It’s perfect for building on a child’s fine motor skills, develops early numeracy and definitely promotes turn-taking! Win Win!

  • Reviews: Amazing reviews . From 883 ratings 79% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hilarious” and “One of the best!”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-5
  • Playing Time: 15-20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy- Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel 

Catch and Count

What It Is:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, can you catch a fish alive? Fill your fish bowl with colourful fish, but watch out for the shark who could eat them all! 

Why We Love It:

This game is very simple and clever, but very engaging, The concept is easy for little ones to grasp, the idea being to see who can catch the most fish while avoiding the nasty sharks who will gobble them all up!

I find this game to be the perfect balance of learning and fun. It encourages number recognition and counting as well as the rules of basic game play.

The fun element is in the anticipation of waiting to see who’ll turn over a shark and lose their fish.

In terms of quality, all the components are made from thick, durable board, which doesn’t bend, and it all packs away neatly into a compact box.

  • Reviews: Super Reviews . From 1,191 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Clever and Fun” and “Sneakily Educational”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Where Do I Live?

The Gruffalo Deep Dark Wood

What It Is:

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox, an owl and a snake saw the mouse and the mouse looked good!

Can you help your Mouse through the deep dark wood, avoiding the hungry Fox, Owl and Snake?

If a player lands on one of their spaces, they must turn over a tree in search of the Gruffalo to scare the hungry predator away.

Why We Love It:

This is a very fast playing game with lovely illustrations and art work from the book.

It’s simple, with a slight sense of repetitiveness. It’s a light hearted relaxed family game with a very well made board and pieces. It’s short to play so small children won’t lose interest.

I think this is a fantastic introduction to games involving a dice and turn-taking for younger children. If your child is a fan of the Gruffalo, then this would be a hit.

  • Reviews: Fantastic Reviews . From 1,442 ratings 76% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Easy to learn” and “Super cute”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10- 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

What It Is:

A bright and colourful race and chase board game featuring the beautiful illustrations.

The aim of the game is to be the first player to reach home, without being caught by the bear! 

Why We Love It:

This is a beautiful board game with lovely illustrations from the book, so ideal gift for a Bear Hunt Fan.

It has a simple concept helping the younger child to learn the fundamental rules of a board game.

It is very inviting and attractive, and can be enjoyed as a family with younger players.

  • Reviews: Lovely Reviews . From 1,373 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Beautiful game” and “Fun and Interactive”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10-15mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: We're Going on a Bear Hunt Puzzle

Peppa Pig 6-in-1 Games Compendium

What It Is:

With Peppa Pig and friends, you can play 6 different classic games of Memory Lotto, Dominoes, Dice Puzzle Game, Happy Families, and “Race to the Ferris Wheel” board game.

Peppa Pig, George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog, Candy Cat plus many more characters are included in this game collection for lots of fun.

Why We Love It:

Wow, This is a very well presented, durable looking set of six games in one! Which in my opinion is fantastic value money!

It provides educational and skill training games that can be played alone or with others so will be a super hit with a Peppa Pig fan.

It’s all compact in a smart box with plenty of games, What I also love is that, the pieces provide you with the opportunity to be creative and make your own little games up too.

This game would absolutely grow with your child. It’s fun and very attractive.

  • Reviews: Brilliant Reviews . From 789 ratings 76% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Very cute” and “Excellenmt value”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 1-4
  • Playing Time: 5-15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy- Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Peppa Pig Mini Memory Game

Lucky Ducks

What It Is:

This wacky, quacky memory and matching game combines developmental skills for young children with the fun of a ‘My First Game.’

Switch on the circular pond, and the ducks start swimming – the bottom side of each duck has a coloured shape.

Players take turns picking up a duck and looking at the colour and shape; if it matches their coloured shape, they get to keep the duck. If it doesn’t match, they put it back.

The first player with 3 ducks that match their shape wins.

Why We Love It:

I brought this game for my son, because he adored playing hook the duck at a summer fayre!

This is a good quality ‘first’ game with simple rules. It’s another fab way to teach turn taking, colours and shapes whilst having plenty of fun.

I would say its simple enough for the younger children but engaging enough for the older children. It is a very easy game to set up, but make sure you allow enough time to put stickers on before playing for the first time (duck eyes and shape stickers) . The ducks are also super cute.

Don’t forget the batteries!

  • Reviews: Amazing reviews . From 455 ratings 71% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Super fun” and “An uncomplicated classic game”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 10 minutes (Initial Set up 10-15mins)
  • Alternative: Foxy Pants

Insey Winsey Spider

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What It Is:

Insey Winsey spider climbed up the water spout’ – but who will make it to the top first?

Based on the classic nursery rhyme, players move their 3D spiders up the board by matching shapes or by counting their way up. Spin the spinner after every turn to see if the sun will shine or whether the spider will be washed down the drainpipe!

Why We Love It:

I have played this game so many times with my children, It’s easy, fun and delightful and we always end up giggling when one of us gets ‘Whooshed’ down the pipe.

It has a spinner, so immediately grabs the attention of any 3 year old who I’m sure will happily spin it for hours. It combines fun and learning brilliantly; promoting counting and shape recognition, as well as the more advanced concepts of rules, taking turns, winning and PATIENCE.

A really brilliant game!

  • Reviews: Wonderful Reviews . From 649 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great learning tool” and “Fun for everyone”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Dotty Dinosaurs

Rainbow Unicorns

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What It Is:  

A magical matching game! Practise colour recognition and matching and memory skills with this mystical twist on heads and tails.

The friendly unicorn characters, bright playing board and simple gameplay will keep children entertained play after play!

Why We Love It:

What a super little game this is, helping children learn how to colour match and learn to play memory games.

I adore the Rainbow colours and the cute illustrations. I would of loved this game myself, as a little girl.

What I think is brilliant, is that this game can be used as a simple matching activity before progressing into a fun, simple and engaging board game, meaning it’s great for various ages and levels and will last a long time.

I like a game that incorporates both memory and basic board game rules.

  • Reviews: Gorgeous Reviews . From 1,431 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Beautiful game” and “Sweet and fun”.
  • Age Range: 3+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Dinosaur Lotto

Funny Fairies

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What It Is:

Spell practice at Fairy School is going hilariously wrong and the fairies need your help to get back to normal!

Collect cards, use the magic spell spinner and avoid the cheeky Trixie Pixies to build your fairy and win the game!

Why We Love It:

I have played this a lot with my two boys and my niece and I can honestly say, I love it too!

It’s super clever how it can be played at a number of different levels which means we can have a quick game of level one to suit the youngest player or the next level which involves constant strategy and decision making for the older player- making it highly entertaining for the whole family.

I find it moves along at a good pace and is highly enjoyable.

  • Reviews: Superb Reviews . From 160 ratings 72% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Fabulous” and “5 stars for the whole family”.
  • Age Range: 3-8
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy- medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative:  Enchanted Forest

What Type Of Board Games Should I Be Playing With My 3 Year Old?

Most board games come with a recommended age range for children to play. However, It’s important to remember that not all children are the same.

Children are like sponges, and they absorb everything in around them, so in my experience, you won’t know if a game is suitable unless you try it. The best toddler board games may work well for one family and differ for another.

Don’t get disheartened if you try a new game and it doesn’t work, don’t give up on it. I would suggest leaving it for a while and come back to it another day.

You will know your child best and understand what does and doesn’t work. You’ll soon find which is the best game for your next family game night.

Things to Consider when choosing a game:

  • Playtime: A toddler’s attention span around this age is limited. A good length of time for a game is no more than 15 minutes. The less complex a game is, the higher chance your little one will enjoy it.
  • Skills Learned: One of the motivations of board games for 3 years olds is that they help toddlers learn a new skill. These learned skills can be motor skills, counting, matching pictures, identifying shapes and colours, discover new animals, etc.
  • Number of Players: The number of players will let you know how flexible a game can be with more or fewer players. 
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age on the box is only a recommendation. Each child may learn how to play sooner rather than later. 

What is a Cooperative Game?

It’s a game where everyone plays together, no one is left out, and everyone has fun!

In a cooperative game, players work together as a team, not against each other. Cooperative games build confidence, encourage inclusion, and teach children to share.

Instead of being competitive, players have to work together to win the game. Cooperative games are a lovely idea for teaching children how to cooperate to achieve a common goal.


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