These Cooperative Board Games Teach Your Preschooler About Teamwork

These cooperative board games will help your little ones learn how to work well with others. Not only will they learn about colors, counting, and following directions, they’ll learn how to be a team player.

Whether it’ll be your preschooler’s first time playing a board game or if they’re a pro at it, with these games they’ll get to experience how to make decisions together as a team. They’ll enjoy towards a common goal and all the high-fives that ensue.

Stone Soup

Based on the lovely folktale of the same name, Stone Soup is a memory matching game with an incredibly fun twist. The goal of the game is for all the players to work together to make a delicious soup.

To play, all the soup’s ingredient cards are placed face down and each player takes turn flipping two cards over. If the cards match, the ingredients go in the pot; if they don’t, then they turn it back around. It’s classic Memory, remember? But here’s the twist: if a Fire Out card is turned over, then you’re in trouble. Too many Fire Out’s and you can’t cook your soup!

It gets even more exciting: a magic stone can protect you against a Fire Out card. Your little ones will have a blast building their memory skills with this game, and the whole soup theme offers hours of mouth-watering fun. Recommended ages 5 and up.

Dinosaur Escape

Dinosaur Escape is a mega-fun cooperative game where your little ones will learn counting, memory, and matching skills. Work together to get all three dinosaurs to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts!

To play, take turns rolling the dice and moving a dinosaur to any direction. Then turn over a fern token anywhere on the board. If you get a rock, bone, or any other item, continue on your way. But get a picture of a dinosaur that matches the one in the same habitat, and – escape! – you make it safely to Dinosaur Island.

But, watch out!! If a T-rex token is flipped over, all the dinosaurs move back to Start. There’s more trouble if you roll a Volcano as well. Your kiddos will have so much fun trying to get all the dinosaurs to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts, they won’t realize they’re cooperating. Ever thought you’d see that? Recommended ages 4 and up.


Count Your Chickens

Count Your Chickens will teach your kiddos how to count and follow directions while playing together. To play, scatter the baby chicks on the game board around the path on the farm. Then take turns spinning the spinner and moving the hen accordingly.

Players collect the number of chicks equal to the number of spaces that the hen moved and place them in the coop. But watch out because when the spinner lands on the fox, you lose a chick. Land on a blue space and another chick makes it to safety. Get all the baby chicks in the coup before mommy hen gets home and everyone wins! Recommended age 3 and up.

Snug as a Bug

Snug as a Bug is a fun game that will keep your little one engaged and entertained. To play, take turns spinning the spinner and removing the color bug on the game board that matches the color on the spinner. Place the bug underneath the rug (which is the game board).

Watch out: if you’re out of the right color bugs, you’ll have to put a stink bug on the rug. Get all the bugs under the rug before that stink bugs lands, and you win! Recommended for ages 3-6.

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