Games suitable for 3 year olds
There is a wide range of games suitable for 3 year olds - in terms of the range of the complexity of the game. This is because toddler 3 year olds grow a lot in that 12 months! They go from being a babyish 2 year old, to a kid-like 4 year old. As such, depending on how "advanced" they are in their growth, and also whether they have been exposed to playing boardgames, the suitability of the game my vary. Thankfully, there are good games which can be played with simplified rules for the younger crowd, but still present a good game for the child as he matures - this serves to prolong the replayability of the game to make the purchase worth your while. Click on the pix to go to the games' page to read more.
Games below S$30
Games from $30 - $60
BASIC GAMES FOR THE
3 YEAR OLD
Games suitable for the the very young also tend to be "dexterity games" - games which involve stacking, balancing etc. Parents can lead by example to stack items and play along, making it easy for kids to follow even if they can't take instructions yet. Dexterity games often do not require any reading, nor counting, which may be required in games for older kids. Dexterity games hone the young ones' psychomotor skills fine motor skills. Kids playing at this time should learn how to take turns, and train their concentration and focus skills.
GAMES FOR THE MORE MATURE 3 YEAR OLD
When your child can take instructions, do some basic counting, recognise his colours, they are likely to be able to play and enjoy these games on the left.
There are many types of games. Some are dexterity games - which you need to stack items, or make things balance, in general, you need to be nifty with your hands (and other parts of your body ala Dancing Eggs by Haba!)
Some games are speed games - where you need to be the quickest - quickest to grab the cards (Uglydoll), quickest to collect matching pairs (Lucky Sock Dip), quickest to roll dice to get results you want (Go Nuts!)... speed is paramount!
Other games which are popular and very suitable for kids, are memory games. This is because kids have excellent memories! You can try your utmost at the games, but more often than not, be prepared to lose to your kid while playing a memory game! Examples include Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Froggy Boogie, Pengoloo, Gobblet Gobblers.