11 Family Games Even a Three Year Old Can Play


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Did you catch this post about 6 Family Games that a Three Year Old Can Play?  We’re still enjoying each one of the games I listed there.

6 Family Games Even a Three Year Old Can Play:

  1. Zingo
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  2. Orchard
  3. Hisss
  4. Charades for Kids
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  5. Sequence for Kids
  6. Yahtzee Jr.

In honor of the fast approaching season of gift giving, I’d like to share five more games enjoyed by our family, including our resident three year old.

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5 More Family Games Even a Three Year Old Can Play


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7.  Alpha Animals
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One of the great things about Alpha Animals

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is that the difficulty level can be adjusted according to the players’ ability.  It’s a very simple game, and the way we play doesn’t really lead to a winner per se; the goal is for each player to make it to the end of the alphabet, naming an animal for each letter, according to specific groups (birds, fish, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects & crustaceans, etc.).  We do usually have to help Little Brother come up with a good answer, but he does think of several on his own every time we play.
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8.  Qwirkle

This is one of our new favorites!  No reading required.  Players simply match shapes and colors to earn points, which makes it simple for younger kids while allowing for much strategizing on the part of older kids and adults.  Qwirkle won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and was also a Mensa Select National Competition Winner.  How’s that for a game that uses only colors and shapes?

Note:  When Little Brother plays with us, we never keep score.  We do celebrate when someone earns a “Qwirkle” by completing a row of six, but we don’t keep track of the points.

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9.  Memory (18 matches)

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Everyone knows about Memory, but did you know there is a smaller version of the game, with fewer cards than the regular game?  I came across this version at a used book sale and picked it up to add to our stash of activities to occupy Little Brother during Older Brother’s lesson time.  He loves it.

It also works well for us to play together–this smaller version takes so much less time and is less frustrating for younger kids.  Sometimes the huge grid of cards in our regular Memory game overwhelms even me!

This is probably obvious, but if you don’t have access to a smaller version like the one pictured above, you could remove a certain number of sets from the regular Memory game or just divide the game in half.

More options for smaller memory/matching games just right for 3-5 year olds:


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10.  Uno

This is another obvious one to many of you, but I didn’t think of Uno as an appropriate game for Little Brother until Older Brother discovered our set.  He started playing it with Mr. Native Texan here and there, and eventually Little Brother asked to play, too.  He does need a little help, but can pretty much hold his own when the whole family plays together.


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11.  Jumbo Jigsaw Puzzles

The puzzle pictured above is one we own–Bugs Jumbo Floor Puzzle by Melissa & Doug.  We’ve accumulated quite a few jigsaw puzzles with big enough and few enough pieces to be completed by Little Brother on his own, as well as puzzles with more pieces and smaller pieces that we enjoy completing as a family.



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Bonus: HedBanz

I’ve heard great things about this game and would love to add it to our collection in the near future.  Have you played it? 

Update: Little Brother is now 5.5 years old and we’ve owned HedBanz for about two years.  It’s been a big hit with my boys!

What would you add to this list?  What are your favorite family games that even a three year old can play?

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  1. Teresa on 11/26/2013 at 6:35 pm

    We enjoy headbanz! We just played on Sunday night! We don’t always follow the rules of scoring but it is certainly fun :). Thanks for such a good list. We love games and I am hoping to add some of these to our many games!

    • Kathleen on 11/27/2013 at 1:19 am

      Oh, I’m so glad to know y’all like Hedbanz! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  2. Debi Huang (@GoExploreNature) on 06/26/2014 at 3:14 pm

    Great list! We play many of these already. We also enjoy Zingo.

    • Kathleen on 06/27/2014 at 9:25 pm

      Zingo is one of our favorites, too. 🙂

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