Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Family Game Night: Top Picks for Toddlers & Preschoolers with Winning Moves Games

Disclosure: I received 3 of these games from Winning Move Games in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Friday nights have officially turned into family game night in our house and we are all loving it. Mike and I played tons of board games before having kids but with young kids and little sleep, it was hard to find time to enjoy them. Now that the kids are older (Connor is 3 and Grace is 5) they are starting to enjoy playing games and actually following the rules, sometimes at least! It's taken some time to find games we can all enjoy together so I thought I'd share our top picks of games for toddlers and preschoolers.
 1. Hi Ho Cheerio- This is such a simple and fun game. It's perfect for short attention spans and really helps little ones work on their counting. The only downside is that somehow we always seem to end up with cherries on the floor and I'm pretty sure we've lost a few. This is one the kids ask to play over and over. 

2, Moose Caboose- Moose Caboose is a new game for us and it is by far Grace's favorite. To play, each player connects animal train cards by matching colors. The animals are adorable and when you play a "Moose Caboose" card, you collect all of the cards in that train series. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins. It is great for learning colors and we've noticed Grace learning the strategy of when is the best time to play the infamous caboose cards. Mike and I were surprised by how much we enjoy this game and even our older nieces and nephews like it. It's easy to learn and a game takes about 15-20 minutes. It's a perfect beginning card game for preschoolers.

 3. Candy Land- There is a reason Candy Land has been around for more than 65 years! This vintage favorite has been a hit with my kids since we started playing it when they were 2. Much to my frustration, the modern version sold in stores currently features a spinner rather than the original cards. The spinner causes more problems than it's worth in my opinion (the kids always end up arguing over what the spinner arrow is pointing to) so I much prefer the cards. I was ecstatic when Winning Moves sent us the classic version with the original board and cards. We play it during family game night but the kids often request to play it by themselves.

4. Crocodile Dentist- Sometimes with little ones, short games are best. Crocodile Dentist is about as simple as it gets, each player takes a turn pushing down one tooth until, CHOMP the croc surprises you! These photos were taken the first time the croc chomped and despite the fuzziness, the joy on their faces was amazing. They laugh hysterically every time we play this game. Plus they think it's hilarious to make me play as I have a well known phobia of crocodiles. This game is a perfect travel game as there are no detachable pieces and a round only takes a few minutes at most. I will say that my husband, the software engineer, has figured out the mechanics so he never loses. I am still trying to figure out how he knows which tooth is the magic one every single time!

5. Chutes and Ladders- This is another classic game that my kids love. It's perfect for practicing counting.

Our kids definitely inherited our competitive sides so family game night will be a tradition we continue for years to come. What games do you play during family game night? 

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