One of my favorite ways to spend time together as a family is to play board games. I could play them all day long! But when you have toddlers it can be really hard to do this fun task. So I set off on a mission to find some great options that we could play together. And I came up with this list of the best board games for 2-year-olds!
15 Best Board Games for 2-year-olds
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1. First Orchard Cooperative Game
2. Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
3. Don’t Break the Ice Game
4. PlayMonster Yeti in My Spaghetti
5. Hasbro Cootie
6. Hasbro Don’t Spill the Beans
7. Hasbro Ants in the Pants Games
8. Lucky Ducks — The Memory and Matching Game that Moves
9. Crocodile Dentist Kids Game
10. Hasbro Hi Ho! Cherry-O Board Game
11. Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up!
12. Hasbro Elefun
13. Pop Up Pirate
14. Chutes and Ladders
15. Hasbro Candy Land Kingdom of Sweet Adventures
It’s for 1-4 players and takes only about 10 minutes to play.
The concept is that the players need to pick all the fruit from the trees before the raven reaches the end of the path. It is played as a team so everyone wins or everyone loses.
You know that is good for a 2-year old! It helps to avoid tantrums over who won.
First Orchard teaches social skills, colors, counting by ones, and simple rule following. All important skills for toddlers to work on.
This 2-4 player game is really fun for the whole family. It teaches your kids about colors without requiring them to read. Which is SO important at this age!
To play, you take turns spinning the spinner and picking up the matching acorn with the squirrel tweezers. Then you set it in your log. The first one to collect all five acorns wins!
And did I mention it has your kids perfecting their fine motor skills without them even realizing it? WIN!
Don’t Break the Ice is marketed for 3-year-olds. To be honest, a 2-year-old may not be able to play it accurately enough to win. But they will still have tons of fun knocking the ice out from under Philip the penguin!
The objective of this 2-4 player game is to tap out one block of ice at a time without allowing Philip to fall through.
But when he does there is going to be a lot of noise because your 2-year-old is probably going to be laughing. At least, mine does, LOL.
Yeti in My Spaghetti is similar to don’t break the ice but with a slightly different version of fine motor skills. It is marketed to age 4 but if you catch the right moment with your 2-year-old he will enjoy it!
To play this 2-4 player game, you stack up all the spaghetti noodles and place the yeti on top. Then you take turns removing one noodle at a time without making the Yeti fall!
I love this game because it is a great way to have fun and practice patience and following rules. Plus, adults will enjoy the concept as well because let’s be honest, we have our own adult version in Jenga!
You probably played this when you were young. I know I did! I saw this at a thrift store for $1 and HAD to grab it. My husband thought I was crazy since our son was only about 4 months old at the time but I knew we would use it eventually.
So here we are about 2 years later and we DO play it!! For ages 3-6 years this game is silly and creative. All you have to do is roll the die and pick body parts. The first one to have a fully built Cootie wins!
It is one of the best board games for a 2-year-old because there is no reading required and they will enjoy rolling (throwing?) the die. They may need a little help placing some of the parts properly but should enjoy picking out the silly pieces.
Your toddler will learn rules, patience, fine motor skills, body parts, numbers, and making choices when they play the full game. But if the game is a little long for your 2-year-old, you can just lay all the parts out and have fun building Cooties without the die!
You set the pot up and disperse the beans between 2-4 players. Then taking turns, you stack the beans up 1 at a time. The first person to get rid of all their beans wins. But watch out! Because if (or should I say when) you knock the pot off balance and all the beans fall, you lose!
This is a fun game that your toddler will enjoy playing over and over as long as you keep losing fun. Giggles will erupt each time the pot spills.
Oh, and did I mention that this one also requires no reading? Perfect for a 2-year-old.
Ant is the Pants is marketed for age 3+ but I think once your 2-year-old has figured out how to do it once or twice, he will be flipping ants on his own!
The goal is the flip all of your ants into the dogs pants first. Whoever does, wins! Laughing and craziness will ensue whenever you pull this game out.
This game requires no reading, waiting, or taking turns so it is an especially great addition to the list of best board games for 2-year-olds!
This is a matching game. It is fun because it actually moves. It is listed as age 3 and up but being ducks instead of cards or chips makes it easier for little fingers. So I think this is a great board game for 2-year-olds. Plus, you will be learning colors, shapes, matching, and memory!
With 2-4 players, you each choose a color. Then you pick up ducks until you collect all 4 shapes in your color. The first one to do so wins!
If you are playing with a 2-year-old, I think it is more fun for them if you just look for matching shapes or colors and don’t make it a competition. But it will depend on your child!
The objective is to take turns checking the crocodile’s teeth. But if you hit his sore tooth he will chomp you and send you out of the game.
The last player standing wins. For 2-year-olds, I think it is more fun to just keep going around and checking the teeth than kicking them out of the game.
I would recommend making sure your 2-year-old knows what happens when the crocodile chomps down. You don’t want to terrify him by having it happen to him first.
Fun note, no batteries required!
Hi Ho Cherry-O is a fun board game that can practice SO many skills depending on how you present it to your child. The goal is to get all of your fruit into your basket first. But you can play it as a team too!
This game is good for ages 3+ but a 2-year-old can benefit from learning colors, counting, and fine motor skills. For older kids, they will learn addition and subtraction as well!
You probably remember this game from when you were young as well. And now you can bring all the fun to your kids too!
It is for 2-6 players. The objective is to stack 12 blocks before the smasher gets there to knock them down. There are 2 spinners, one for a color, and one for special skills you have to use while stacking. The skills will be things like closing your eyes while you place your block or pick the block up using the mallet.
And the best part is you can play all 3 levels of play at the same time so everyone can have fun!
This works on fine motor skills, decision making, problem-solving, colors, and more!
12. Hasbro Elefun
But this game really does do a lot for your kids! It gets them up and moving which is super important. And it teaches counting and colors. Plus, getting those little butterflies in a net is good for them too!
This game is for 2-4 players and whoever catches the most butterflies wins!
It is also really easy to setup so it isn’t a huge pain for us parents either. Win-win.
13. Pop Up Pirate
It is super simple but does take some fine motor skills to get the swords into the holes.
It is for 2-4 players and you simply take turns putting a sword in a hole until he pops out. It is fun because the hole that makes him pop ou will change every time you play so it’s never the same.
There will be tons of anticipation, surprise, and probably laughing and squealing whenever you pull out the Pop Up Pirate!
This is a good game to teach your kids counting and numbers. As well as the idea that life has ups and downs. Keep it fun for a 2-year-old by focusing on the fun pictures and saying “Oh no!!” when bad things happen.
And your kids will too! It is for 2-4 players. This game is going to teach your toddlers about colors, matching, counting, and taking turns.
There is no reading, so it is a great game for 2-year-old!
There you have it! The 15 best board games for 2-year-olds. All of them are fun, fast, and teach important skills in a way that kids will actually enjoy. Want more ideas on fun things for kids? Check out